Chef Alexander Bernard reopened his eponymous Naples restaurant for dinner final Thursday with a brand new title — Alexander’s Backyard Restaurant.
The reopening follows the chef’s annual summer season sabbatical in California’s Bay Space. The restaurant sustained minimal injury from Hurricane Ian and the Oct. 6 reopening has been deliberate since spring. That reopening date additionally was the twenty seventh anniversary of the restaurant’s unique opening in 1995 as Alexander’s Restaurant.
“The title change to Alexander’s Backyard Restaurant finest describes the attraction of our alfresco eating, which includes greater than 60% of our complete seating. It’s a well-liked and romantic venue and extremely requested,” Bernard stated.
The expansive backyard presents a secluded, tucked-away ambiance simply off U.S. 41 in Naples. Surrounded by flowers and tropical foliage, diners are seated at tables positioned below patio umbrellas and strings of lights. Tables are spaced on tiered ranges resulting in a flower-bedecked gazebo for personal teams of as much as 10 folks.
Indoors, the primary eating room is a chic, art-filled, intimate area for about 55 diners. Adjoining to the eating room is a clubby bistro part consisting of a bar with seven seats plus 15 seats at tables and two outside high-tops for 2 folks every. The bar is a convivial hangout for these lucky to safe a stool with a direct view of the kitchen, the place Chef Alex works his culinary magic.
Becoming a member of Bernard within the kitchen is a culinary crew with 10-plus years of expertise on the restaurant. The chef’s new menus proceed his custom of sourcing merchandise reminiscent of recent fish and natural produce and grains. The menu is influenced by the chef’s European coaching, with a Californian aptitude due to his culinary experiences within the Bay Space.
The dinner menu contains entrees from the ocean reminiscent of macadamia-crusted grouper, sauteed yellowtail snapper and cioppino; entrees from the land reminiscent of a pan-seared veal tenderloin, Moroccan lamb tagine and crispy duck; and pasta alternatives reminiscent of porcini mushroom, butternut squash and lobster ravioli choices. The menu additionally has soup, salads, starters, and steaks.
Along with the common menu, the chef will debut prix fixe theme nights 4:30 to five:30 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday priced at $38 to $40 per individual. Monday is Italian night time, Tuesday is French, Wednesday is date night time, Thursday is American night time, and Friday and Saturday nights are “Sizzle Nights,” that includes specials from the common early eating menu, served 4:30 to five:30 p.m. Dishes change every week in accordance with the most effective merchandise out there. A cheerful hour from 4:30 to five:30 p.m. presents half-price reductions on home wines by the glass and effectively cocktails.
A spotlight of Alexander’s Backyard Restaurant’s front-of-the-house crew is the chef’s well-known spouse, Monika Bernard. “She has turn out to be the face of Alexander’s and is ever-present greeting visitors and assembly their wants,” Bernard stated.
Most of the restaurant’s clientele have been regulars for many years. “Monika and I are lucky to take pleasure in robust relationships with our diners and we’re privileged to know their preferences and preferences,” he stated.
Alexander’s Backyard Restaurant, 4077 Tamiami Path N., serves dinner 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday by means of Saturday. Lunch service will resume on Oct.17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday by means of Friday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. Ample parking is obtainable each in entrance and behind the constructing.