Hurricane Ian: 137 restaurants on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Pine Island, how they fared

Talk to those who survived Hurricane Ian, and many say the same thing: I'm OK. 

It may take a moment. "Everything in the house is destroyed but honestly I'm OK,” an old friend told me.

It may take a few moments. "It's all gone. We lost everything: the restaurants, our house, our cars. I’m not, I don't know what, what do we even do?” a restaurateur said. “But we’re alive. ... We’ll be OK.”

Whether we say it out of hope, fear or a mix of both, the need for things to be “OK” is palpable — even when things are anything but OK.

Hurricane Ian's devastation feels sprawling, ongoing and impossible to quantify. Entire neighborhoods have been swept away; iconic landmarks and legendary restaurants, lost; crucial bridges, collapsed. And the death toll continues to rise.

In my personal quest for OK-ness, I tried to quantify our collective damage from the perspective of restaurants located along the storm’s hardest hit islands.

Using satellite imagery from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as Google Maps, social media posts, and 17 years of restaurant-industry contacts, I clicked my way through Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Pine Island, Matlacha, Captiva and North Captiva in an attempt to quantify which restaurants were lost, which are still standing, and which may one day be resurrected.

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Where possible, I’ve included links to fundraisers for the restaurants’ employees, who, after two years of a global pandemic and the fifth-strongest hurricane in U.S. history, are most certainly nowhere close to OK.

This is a long list, but it’s hardly a complete one. If I missed a restaurant from these areas, please contact me at atometich@news-press.com. And please remember access to these islands remains limited due to ongoing search and rescue efforts and infrastructure damage.

How am I doing, you ask? My roof is missing a few shingles, and I could use a month-long nap.

But really, I’m OK.

Captiva and North Captiva restaurants after Hurricane Ian

Bubble Room: While the landmark restaurant at 15001 Captiva Drive remains standing, it's unclear when it will be able to reopen. "All 92 Bubble Room staff members are safe and accounted for," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. A GoFundMe has been started to help employees.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill: The local chain has temporarily closed its restaurants on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva as management assesses the damages. The Captiva location at 5400 South Seas Plantation Road is standing per NOAA imagery. More at docfords.com.

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This 2021 photo shows Boops and The Bubble Room on Captiva. The restaurants are still standing after Hurricane Ian.
This 2021 photo shows Boops and The Bubble Room on Captiva. The restaurants are still standing after Hurricane Ian.

The Green Flash: The waterfront restaurant at 15183 Captiva Drive remains standing. "(T)he future of our grand reopening is still left unknown, but know we will be back," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. "We are Captiva and we are strong."

The Island Club at North Captiva: "We are still standing," an Oct. 1 Facebook post reads. "All of our staff and island residents are safe. We have suffered major damages to our infrastructure. We have boots on the ground assessing needs and providing any emergency aid we can to locals. Most of our staff was dramatically affected and are still isolated without resources. One thing is sure, this community is resilient. We will absolutely rebuild stronger." More at facebook.com/northcaptiva.

Keylime Bistro/RC Otters/Sunshine Seafood Cafe/Latte Da Coffee/Cantina Captiva: According to NOAA imagery, these Captiva Island Inn restaurants along Andy Rosse Lane appear to be standing. "We look forward to seeing you back when we’re restored and the bridge to Sanibel-Captiva islands is open. We can celebrate together when we have our grand reopening. I appreciate the years of guests and friendships being formed over the 23 years of being in business," Captiva Island Inn owner Sandy Stillwell wrote in an Oct. 5 Facebook post.

Mainstay Restaurant and Barnacles Bar: The North Captiva restaurant appears to still be standing on NOAA imagery. "As we start the path to reopening, the timeline is still uncertain," an Oct. 6 Facebook post reads. "There are many obstacles to over come like for so many of you. We are praying for a safe and progressive recovery as we rebuild with our community." More at facebook.com/mainstaynorthcaptiva.

The Mucky Duck: "Against all odds, it seems we survived," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. "We should have more specifics soon on building integrity. Obviously it’s going to be a good long while until any kind of operations would be possible, and we have no answers right now as to details, but it seems possible that all of your prayers may have helped to save us once again, so thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!!" Mucky Duck is at 11546 Andy Rosse Lane. More at facebook.com/muckyduckcaptiva.

South Seas Island Resort: The Captiva resort, which is home to several onsite restaurants, has canceled reservations through Oct. 31 according to an Oct. 4 Facebook post. More at southseas.com.

'Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa: Home to Old Captiva House, Crow's Nest and other eateries, the resort appears to be standing on NOAA images. The resort has started a GoFundMe relief fund for its employees.

Fort Myers Beach restaurants after Hurricane Ian

Bayfront Bistro: NOAA satellite imagery shows the Estero Bay restaurant's building at 4761 Estero Blvd. is still standing. Co-owner Shawn LeMarie said it's too early to throw in the towel and also too early to know if or when Bayfront can reopen. More at bayfrontbistro.com.

Bella Mozzarella Pizza & Grill/Mr. G's House of 2000 Flavors: The pizza and ice cream shops are on the Estero Boulevard side of Times Square at 1000 Fifth St., in a section that appears to still be upright despite extensive damage. It's unclear if the shops will rebuild. More at bellamozzarellabeach.com.

Bonita Bill's Waterfront Cafe: Photos of the restaurant taken last week show extensive damage, although its main structure appears to be standing at 702 Fishermans Wharf. More at bonitabills.com.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022; Fort Myers Beach, Florida; First lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden visit Fort Myers Beach, FL to see the Hurricane Ian damage, meet with local residents, emergency responders, and disaster relief personnel during a visit to Fisherman's Wharf at Fort Myers Beach, FL on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.  Mandatory Credit: Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK
Wednesday, October 5, 2022; Fort Myers Beach, Florida; First lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden visit Fort Myers Beach, FL to see the Hurricane Ian damage, meet with local residents, emergency responders, and disaster relief personnel during a visit to Fisherman's Wharf at Fort Myers Beach, FL on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

Charley's Boat House: An Oct. 4 Facebook post reads, "we are still assessing the damage to the restaurant. Sadly, Charley’s will be closed until further notice. We look forward to the day we can welcome everyone back in the future." Charley's is at 6241 Estero Blvd.

The Charros Brothers: Photos on the restaurant's Facebook page show extensive damage, although its 2801 Estero Blvd. strip mall is still standing. A post written in Spanish reads, "Thank you, God bless you, we hope to return soon, if not (here) elsewhere."

Cōste Island Cuisine: Located inside DiamondHead Beach Resort at 2000 Estero Blvd., which is still standing per NOAA imagery, Cōste "will be closed for a while," according to its Facebook page. A GoFundMe has been started for the resort's employees. More at costeislandcuisine.com.

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The Cottage/Shucker's at the Gulfshore: General manager Brian Nagle surveyed the muddy remains of his 700-seat restaurant and bar at 1250 Estero Blvd. the day after Ian struck. He didn't find much, but he did come across a tattered American flag that he was able to raise on the restaurant's still-standing flagpole. As Nagle wrote in a text message, "Figured I could give my people a little hope because I have nothing else to offer." A donorbox.org fundraiser has been started for employees. More at shuckersfmb.com.

This is what is left of Shuckers and the Cottage Bar on Fort Myers Beach.
This is what is left of Shuckers and the Cottage Bar on Fort Myers Beach.

Dairy Queen: The longtime location at 1000 Estero Blvd. in Times Square was demolished by the storm.

Dixie Fish Co.: "Our community is strong, and we’ll be back better than ever," the restaurant posted to its Facebook page Oct. 4. "We don’t know when, the destruction is vast, but the journey to rebuild has already started. We’re so thankful for all the calls, messages, and prayers sent our way." Dixie Fish is at 714 Fishermans Wharf. Visit dixiefishfmb.com for more.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill: The local chain has temporarily closed its restaurants on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva as management assesses the damages. The Fort Myers Beach location at 708 Fishermans Wharf is standing. More at facebook.com/docfordsfmb.

The Doghouse: Located at 1207 Estero Blvd. on a part of the beach that suffered extensive devastation, the restaurant has set up a GoFundMe for its staff. More at facebook.com/thedoghousefmb.

Felipe's Taqueria: The restaurant at 320 Old San Carlos Blvd. appears to be standing according to NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/felipesFMB.

Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining: The Santini Marina restaurant at 7225 Estero Blvd. appears to be standing on NOAA. It has been closed since Sept. 27 according to its Facebook page.

Dixie Fish Co. on San Carlos Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Dixie Fish Co. on San Carlos Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Flippers on the Bay: On Oct. 4, Facebook user Michelle Rodriguez, who said she'd been a Flippers server for more than 10 years wrote, "(W)e got the news that we won't be opening anytime soon, that it will take about a year to reopen." The Lovers Key Resort restaurant at 8767 Estero Blvd. suffered extensive damage to its lower floors. Rodriguez has established a GoFundMe for staff. More at flippersotb.com.

Gelato-go: Located at 2943 Estero Blvd. near Red Coconut RV Park in the same strip as Heidi's Island Bistro, the shop was decimated by the storm. "We just opened 10 days before hurricane and lost everything, we don’t have insurance," owner Oxana Shishlova said via email. A GoFundMe has been launched to help Gelato-go recover. More at instagram.com/gelatogofortmyers.

Heavenly Biscuit: The locally beloved cottage at 110 Mango St. is no longer standing. Find it on Facebook for more.

Heidi's Island Bistro: Only the shell of the restaurant remains at 2943 Estero Blvd., and a GoFundMe campaign has been started for owners Axel and Heidi Wimmer. More at heidisislandbistro.com.

Hoosiers in Paradise: While the building at 1901 Estero Blvd. appears to be standing according to NOAA satellite imagery, Hoosiers' owners have been unable to assess the damage. "We are unable to get on island at this time," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. "It is a search and rescue mission only. God Bless our first responders."

Hooters: A Sept. 29 Facebook post to the beach restaurant's page reads, "We appreciate your patience and loyalty as we work through next steps. We are closed." NOAA imagery shows sand and rubble where Hooters once stood.

Junkanoo Beach and Fresh Catch Bistro: "Junkanoo is gone and Fresh Catch is destroyed," owner Franco Russo wrote in an Oct. 2 Facebook post of his restaurants at 3040 Estero Blvd. "We don’t know if Fresh Catch is structurally sound after all the damage. We have a lot to analyze and discuss between insurance, the landlord, etc., but what I can assure you is that I WANT to rebuild both Junkanoo and Fresh Catch. I WANT to be able to bring these places back to our beloved Fort Myers Beach." A GoFundMe has been started for the restaurants' staff. More at facebook.com/junkanoobeachfmb.

Times Square, an iconic feature of Fort Myers Beach, is devastated after Hurricane Ian on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.Tcn Hurricane Ian Damage Wc
Times Square, an iconic feature of Fort Myers Beach, is devastated after Hurricane Ian on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.Tcn Hurricane Ian Damage Wc

Kilwins: The chocolate and sweets shop was located in a section of Times Square that was swept away by Hurricane Ian. More at facebook.com/KilwinsFtMyersBeach.

Lani Kai Island Resort: While the iconic resort at 1400 Estero Blvd. suffered damage to its lower floors, "We are still here, battered and bruised, but still standing," an Oct. 1 Facebook post reads. A timetable for reopening the Lani Kai and its onsite bars and restaurants is unclear. A GoFundMe has been started for employees. More at lanikaiislandresort.com.

La Ola Surfside Restaurant: The Times Square restaurant at 1035 Estero Blvd. suffered devastating damage. An Oct. 6 Facebook post showed La Ola may be moving operations to a food truck.

Lighthouse Tiki Bar & Grill: The famous tiki bar at Lighthouse Island Resort, 1051 Fifth St., is still standing in NOAA images, but the property suffered extensive flooding and wind damage. "The World Famous Lighthouse Tiki Bar had sea water up to the thatched roof," a Sept. 29 Facebook post from general manager Brian Roessler reads. "The cottages had water almost 3/4ths of the way up to the roofs. The Lobby and my personal office is no longer in place." Roessler said the resort hopes to have some rooms available for rent as soon as possible, but it will be a long recovery. More at facebook.com/thelighthouseislandresort.

Liki Tiki BBQ: NOAA imagery shows sand and debris where Liki Tiki once stood at 1821 Estero Blvd. More at facebook.com/LikiTikiBBQ.

Lit Coco: While the building at 1661 Estero Blvd. is still standing, the 3-month-old restaurant isn't likely to reopen anytime soon. An Oct. 1 Facebook post reads "R.I.P Lit Coco."

Amid Hurricane Ian's destruction of Fort Myers Beach, Nervous Nellie's at 1131 First St. is still standing.
Amid Hurricane Ian's destruction of Fort Myers Beach, Nervous Nellie's at 1131 First St. is still standing.

Little Palm: "Our building along with all of our equipment & inventory ... was lifted off its foundation, swept 200 yards across a parking lot, and completely disintegrated," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. Little Palm has launched a GoFundMe to help it rebuild. It is at 1660 Estero Blvd.

Matanzas on the Bay: The restaurant at 416 Crescent St. received extensive damage from the storm, but a spokesperson said owners plan to rebuild once able. A Facebook fundraiser has been started for employees.

MoJoe's Coffee Cafe: Ian leveled the shop at 1740 Estero Blvd. A GoFundMe has been launched for MoJoe's staff.

Mom's Restaurant: The breakfast-brunch cafe at 2450 Estero Blvd. was swept away according to NOAA images. "Mom's Restaurant on Fort Myers Beach was totally devastated. Rebuilding and reopening is questionable at this time. Heather (Mom) has spent many years serving the local and visitors to Fort Myers Beach ... She lost her home, and her business and most the things she dearly loves to participate in," Mom's website reads. "She has had severe health issues over the last year with cancer and other personal changes in her life. Thank you everyone for all of your support during this very difficult time." More at moms-restaurant-fortmyersbeach.com.

Nervous Nellie's: A Sept. 30 Facebook post reads, "Our entire staff is safe and although the restaurant sustained incredible damage, the structure of the building is intact. We are hoping to work our way through this and be back stronger than ever." A GoFundMe has been started for staff. Nervous Nellie's is at 1131 First St.

Mr. Tequila: According to the restaurant's Facebook page, the location at 1661 Estero Blvd. suffered irreparable damages. "It saddens us, all the damage that was caused in our town, and all the victims that lost their lives in this tragedy," an Oct. 2 post reads. "It will take time to repair all the damages and maybe one day, if the opportunity arrives, we might come back. Thank you all once again." A GoFundMe campaign has been started for employees.

Outrigger Beach Resort: The resort and its onsite restaurants at 6200 Estero Blvd. appear to be standing in NOAA images, though its buildings suffered wind damage and flooding. "Most importantly, our team members are safe, but we are still assessing the damage. The resort will be closed until further notice," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. A relief fund has been established for employees at donorbox.org. More at facebook.com/outriggerfmb.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill: The San Carlos Island restaurant at 2500 Main St. has been working to clean up with hopes to reopen in the near future. "We are trying to get parts of the restaurant open soon and maybe even pull off a car show late next month!" an Oct. 4 Facebook post reads. "We are overwhelmed by the love! It really is amazing." A GoFundMe has been started for staff.

Pete's Time Out: The almost 40-year-old restaurant at 1005 Estero Blvd. was washed away along with much of the rest of Times Square. "Like many in Fort Myers Beach, our business was destroyed, decimated, by Hurricane Ian," Pete's website reads. "Our hearts go out to our fellow Floridians. We hope to have a special shirt available soon." A GoFundMe has been started for employees. More at petestimeout.com.

PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar: Along with much of Times Square, this iconic restaurant at 1000 Estero Blvd. has been reduced to rubble and sand. "Right now, our focus is on helping our employees, neighbors, and community as we get through this difficult time," PierSide posted to Facebook. A spokesperson said owners plan to rebuild when able. A fundraiser has been started for employees.

Pinchers: The locations at 18100 San Carlos Blvd. and 6890 Estero Blvd. have been closed since Sept. 27. According to NOAA satellite imagery, the Estero Boulevard location at Wyndham Garden Inn appears to be standing. The San Carlos Boulevard restaurant is also standing. Calls to Pinchers' owners weren't immediately returned. More at pinchersusa.com.

Pink Shell Beach Resort: The iconic resort and its onsite restaurants at 275 Estero Blvd. are still standing. Pink Shell launched a GoFundMe for its many employees.

Plaka Restaurant: The 42-year-old Greek restaurant at 1001 Estero Blvd. was decimated along with much of the rest of Time Square. Unfortunately, Plaka also lost one of its staff. "Our amazing waitress and friend, Bonnie Gauthier, didn’t make it through the storm," an Oct. 4 Facebook post reads. "We are in disbelief and still processing life without her." A GoFundMe has been set up for Gauthier's family. The restaurant has also set up a GoFundMe relief fund for employees. More at facebook.com/plakagreekrestaurant.

The Rude Shrimp Co.: According to a GoFundMe campaign for the restaurant at 1365 Estero Blvd. and its owners, the building is no longer standing. More at facebook.com/therudeshrimpco.

The Salty Crab on Fort Myers Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
The Salty Crab on Fort Myers Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The Salty Crab Bar & Grill: The restaurant at 1154 Estero Blvd. has been destroyed. A GoFundMe has been set up for employees. More at facebook.com/SaltyCrabBarGrill.

Snug Harbor: Photos of the waterfront restaurant at 645 Old San Carlos Blvd. show near-total devastation. An Oct. 3 Facebook post reads, "our beautiful island and the family that we have all become are strong, it will take some time to get up and running again, but we will rebuild!" More at snugharbor.restaurant.

Skye's Restaurant: "Skye’s will be back, we will make it happen, with all of you and all of us. Thank you for all your good thoughts and support," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. Skye's is in Santini Marina Plaza at 7205 Estero Blvd.

Smokin' Oyster Brewery: "We are safe, but SOB did not fare too well from Hurricane Ian," a Sept. 30 Facebook post reads. "We are under way with plans to rebuild. It will take time, but we will be back!" A GoFundMe has been started for staff. SOB is at 340 Old San Carlos Blvd. More at facebook.com/smokinoysterbrewery.

South Beach Grille: Photos show extensive interior damage, although the restaurant's building in Santina Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd., is still standing. More at facebook.com/southbeachgrillefmb.

The aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach.

Sunset Beach Tropical Grill & The Playmore Tiki Bar: Hurricane Ian leveled the beachfront restaurant and bar at 1028 Estero Blvd. "Buildings can be rebuilt," an Oct. 1 Facebook post reads. "The livelihood of our 85 employees is our main concern." A GoFundMe has been started for staff. More at facebook.com/sunsetbeachtropicalgrill.

Truly Scrumptious Cafe + Ice Cream: While the cafe's Santini Marina Plaza suffered extensive damage, it is still standing at 7205 Estero Blvd. "The entire island has been devastated. Unfortunately, Truly Scrumptious is no different," an Oct. 1 Facebook post reads. "(Our family and staff) are all safe. Many of us do not have homes left. It is going to be a long road ahead. Please keep my staff and everyone on Fort Myers Beach in your prayers. We are going to stay positive and rebuild." More at facebook.com/trulyscrumptiousfmb.

Tuckaway Cafe/Lazy Coconut Brewery: The cafe/brewery's building at 2301 Estero Blvd. appears intact and standing. According to its Facebook page, its employees are safe. "Waiting to be able to go back ... to start clean up. Rescue crews closed island looking for missing people," an Oct. 5 post reads. More at facebook.com/tuckaway.cafe.

The Whale: Still known to many as The Beached Whale, the restaurant at 1249 Estero Blvd. came under new ownership in June according to its Facebook page. "After several months of updates and major changes, including in staff, we were preparing for our grand reopening Oct 1." That did not take place. Hurricane Ian devastated the building. A GoFundMe has been started for employees. More at facebook.com/thewhaleFMB.

Yo! Taco: Photos of the formerly colorful space at 1375 Estero Blvd. show little more than sand and debris. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the restaurant rebuild. More at facebook.com/yotaco.

Yucatan Beach Stand: In an Oct. 4 Facebook post, Yucatan Beach at 250 Old San Carlos Blvd. said its 80-plus employees were safe and accounted for, although the restaurant has been destroyed. "It is heartbreaking to see our community torn apart like this. We hope in time our home, Fort Myers Beach, will thrive." A GoFundMe has been started for employees.

Matlacha restaurants after Hurricane Ian

Barnhill Seafood Market & More: Though still standing, the market at 4573 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha suffered severe damage and does not know when it will be able to reopen. A GoFundMe has been launched for the family. More at facebook.com/barnhillsretail.

Bert's Bar: Photos of the iconic Matlacha restaurant at 4271 Pine Island Road show little more than pilings and debris. More at facebook.com/berts.bar.

Big Herm's Chicago Style: This food truck at 3946 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha was engulfed in flood waters per its Facebook page. Big Herm's has set up a grill to feed rescue crews. More at facebook.com/BigHermsChicagoStyle.

Bert's Bar and Grill on Matlacha was destroyed by Hurricane Ian, as seen on Sept. 29, 2022.
Bert's Bar and Grill on Matlacha was destroyed by Hurricane Ian, as seen on Sept. 29, 2022.

Blue Dog Bar & Grill: "Our building is still standing but the damage is massive," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. "It was like a giant saltwater washing machine on spin cycle for six hours inside our restaurant. Every piece of equipment is destroyed." Owners Jesse Tincher and John Lynch hope to reopen although they cannot say when. Blue Dog is at 4597 Pine Island Road. More at facebook.com/bluedogfl.

Hooked Island Grill: The waterfront spot at 4200 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha was devasted by Hurricane Ian. "We are not sure what the future holds for us or for the town of Matlacha, but please know that we appreciate every one of you," a Sept. 30 Facebook post reads. More at facebook.com/hookedislandgrill.

Island Pho & Grill: Located near Bert's Bar at 4205 Pine Island Road, Matlacha's only Vietnamese restaurant suffered devastating damage. More at facebook.com/Islandpho.grill.

Island Seafood Market: The Matlacha market and eatery at 4330 Pine Island Road suffered severe damage but remains standing. "(W)e will be back!" an Oct. 2 Facebook post reads. "All captains and families are safe. ... We love you all! Lots of work ahead but fishermen are the most resilient, and we will be back stronger than ever." More at facebook.com/islandseafoodmatlacha.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Blue Dog Bar & Grill is still standing on Matlacha.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Blue Dog Bar & Grill is still standing on Matlacha.

Miceli's Waterfront Restaurant: The building at 3930 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha is still standing and owners have reported staff are safe. "It will take a while to clean and get back to working order," an Oct. 1 Facebook comment noted. More at facebook.com/MicelisWaterfrontRestaurant.

Olde Fish House Marina: While the Matlacha seafood shack at 4530 Pine Island Road suffered severe damage, its building is still standing. "We will rise from the rubble and overcome this beast that tried to destroy us, he may of knocked us down but we will conquer!!!!!!!" an Oct. 4 Facebook post reads. A GoFundMe has been established for employees. More at facebook.com/oldefish.house.

The Perfect Cup: NOAA imagery shows the building at 4548 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha is still standing. "(A)s soon as we can get there, assess and clean up, we will be happy to get our staff working and serve all you great customers again," a Sept. 29 Facebook post reads.

That BBQ Place: The restaurant at 4590 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha suffered wind and flood damage but remains standing. More at facebook.com/thatbbqplacematlacha.

Yucatan Waterfront: Photos of the Matlacha restaurant at 4875 Pine Island Road show a thick layer of mud and muck coating its floors. "We're in assessment mode, but we stayed standing despite much damage," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. "Stay tuned for updates."

A thick layer of muck lines the floor of Yucatan Waterfront Bar and Grill on Matlacha the day after Hurricane Ian struck.
A thick layer of muck lines the floor of Yucatan Waterfront Bar and Grill on Matlacha the day after Hurricane Ian struck.

Pine Island restaurants after Hurricane Ian

Cabbage Key: This island resort off of Bokeelia and its famous dollar-bill bar are intact. "We've already begun cleanup and repairs," an Oct. 4 Instagram post from the Wells family noted. "When our family first moved to Cabbage Key in the 1970s, we lived off generator power ... this is just like old times!" More at cabbagekey.com.

Capt'n Con's Fish House: The restaurant at 8421 Main St., Bokeelia on the northernmost edge of Pine Island remains standing per NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/CaptnConsFishHouse.

Froggy's: The restaurant at 3620 Stringfellow Road, Saint James City, came under new ownership in April according to the Pine Island Eagle. It appears to remain standing on NOAA imagery.

The Island Grill: The restaurant's Winn-Dixie-anchored plaza at 9856 Stringfellow Road, Saint James City, remains standing per NOAA images. More at facebook.com/theislandgrillPI.

Cabbage Key's famous dollar bill bar, shown here in 2020, is still standing after Hurricane Ian according to owner Rob Wells.
Cabbage Key's famous dollar bill bar, shown here in 2020, is still standing after Hurricane Ian according to owner Rob Wells.

Lazy Flamingo 3: NOAA images show the restaurant at 16501-B Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, is still standing. Find it on Facebook for more.

Little Lilly's Island Deli: The building that houses the deli at 10700 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, remains standing accprding to NOAA images. More at facebook.com/LittleLillys.

Low Key Tiki: The restaurant at 3135 Stringfellow Road, Saint James City, remains standing. It resumed limited operations, feeding locals and first responders, as of Oct. 4 according to its Facebook page. "They have had meals going and doing what can be done," a Facebook post reads. "We will still have Low Key going!!!"

The Nauti Baker: The shop at 10530 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, is still standing according to NOAA images. More at facebook.com/thenautibakerllc.

Nick B's Bar & Restaurant: This market and eatery at 10502 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, appears to still be standing according to NOAA images. More at nickbschimi.com.

This 2021 photo shows Nick B's Artisan Food Market in Bokeelia
This 2021 photo shows Nick B's Artisan Food Market in Bokeelia

Phuzzy's Boat Shack: The St. James City restaurant at 3051 Stringfellow Road appears to be standing on NOOA. Owner Grant Phelan of Phelan Family Brands, which also owns Pinchers, Deep Lagoon Seafood and more, did not immediately return a request for comment. More at facebook.com/phuzzysboatshack.

Pine Island Pizza: According to NOAA imagery, the restaurant at 5465 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia, is still standing. More at pineislandpizza.com.

Tarpon Lodge: Like its sister inn on Cabbage Key, Tarpon Lodge at 13771 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia, is also intact according to owner Rob Wells, and cleanup is under way. More at tarponlodge.com.

Waterfront Restaurant: "(W)e are all safe and hope you are too. Despite the strength of Ian, the Waterfront is still standing and whilst it will take time to get doors open again, we will be back and better than ever," an Oct. 2 Facebook post reads. "We love and appreciate you all (and your) support." Waterfront is at 2131 Oleander St., Saint James City, on the southernmost edge of Pine Island.

Sanibel restaurants after Hurricane Ian

400 Rabbits: The building at 975 Rabbit Road suffered major structural damage. When asked if 400 Rabbits would reopen, co-owner Debra Campana texted "maybe someday." More at facebook.com/400rabbitssanibel.

Bailey's General Store: Though surrounded by flood waters on NOAA imagery, the market at 2477 Periwinkle Way is damaged but standing. "Our staff and family are safe. We sustained severe damage at Bailey’s. We will rebuild and reopen. Stay tuned for more updates," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. Bailey's is asking people to donate to FISH of SanCap. Visit facebook.com/baileysgeneralStore for more.

Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro: Owners Mari and Christian Vivet are alive and well per an Oct. 3 Facebook post. "We will not open as scheduled and will keep you updated on our recovery from this catastrophic event!" Blue Rendezvous is at 2430 Periwinkle Way; visit facebook.com/bleurendezvous for more.

The road leading to Sanibel Causeway was damaged after Hurricane Ian passed through the area  in Sanibel, Fla.
The road leading to Sanibel Causeway was damaged after Hurricane Ian passed through the area in Sanibel, Fla.

Blue Giraffe: The restaurant's locations at 2075 Periwinkle Way and 1100 Par View Drive appear to be standing per NOAA images. "(W)e are committed to re-build and re-open both Blue Giraffe Restaurants when it will be possible," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. More at facebook.com/bluegiraffesanibel.

Cheeburger Cheeburger: The restaurant's space in Tahitian Gardens, 1975 Periwinkle Way, remains standing per NOAA images. More at cheeburger.com.

Cielo: The restaurant at 1244 Periwinkle Way remains standing per NOAA images. Visit facebook.com/CieloSanibel for more.

Cip's Place: The restaurant at 2055 Periwinkle Way appears to be standing on NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/cipsplace.

The Clam Shack: The New England seafood restaurant at 2407 Periwinkle Way is still standing in NOAA images. More at theclamshacksanibel.com or facebook.com/theclamshacksanibel.

Dairy Queen: One of the only chain restaurants on the island, the legendary DQ at 1046 Periwinkle Way appears to be standing on NOAA images, as it has for more than 40 years. More at facebook.com/DQ14102.

Dante's Coal Fired Pizza: The location at 937 East Gulf Drive appears to be damaged but standing on NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/dantescoalfiredpizzasanibel.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grill: The local chain has temporarily closed its restaurants on Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva as management assesses the damages. The Sanibel location is standing per NOAA imagery. More at docfords.com.

George & Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille: The restaurant at 2499 Periwinkle Way appears intact on NOAA but surrounded by flood water. More at facebook.com/cornergrill.

Gramma Dot's: NOAA images show boats strewn about the Gramma Dot's parking lot at Sanibel Marina, 634 N. Yachtsman Drive. The restaurant appears to be standing, however. Find it on Facebook for more.

Great White Grill: Mere hours after the storm, owner John Nader reopened the restaurant's doors at 2440 Palm Ridge Road and started feeding the island with free meals while also allowing folks to charge their devices on his generator. Nader was evacuated from the island as of Oct. 3 according to a Facebook post written by his daughter. "We do not know what is next for the Great White, or our little island, but I know John is going to miss seeing all of you stopping by."

Huxters Market & Deli: The grocery store and sandwich shop at 1203 Periwinkle Way is still standing on NOAA imagery, though it appears to have suffered roof damage. More at huxtersmarket.com or find it on Facebook.

Island Cow: The restaurant at 2163 Periwinkle Way closed prior to the storm due to a kitchen fire, and it sustained additional damage from Hurricane Ian. Island Cow plans to rebuild. A donorbox.org relief fund for employees remains open.

John Nader opened Great White Grill on Sanibel in 2004.
John Nader opened Great White Grill on Sanibel in 2004.

Island Pizza: The restaurant at 1619 Periwinkle Way is still standing on NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/islandpizzaco.

Jerry's Foods: The market at 1700 Periwinkle Way still stands per NOAA. "All of our employees have been accounted for following the hurricane," an Oct. 2 Facebook post reads. "Damage is being assessed amongst the entire area. We encourage everyone to follow news outlets for information." Find Jerry's on Facebook for more.

Joey's Custard: An Oct. 2 Facebook post reads, "Joey’s Custard is flooded, destroyed and gone. ... Hopefully just for now." A fund has been started for employees at givesendgo.com. Joey's is at 2467 Periwinkle Way.

Lazy Flamingo: According to NOAA images, the iconic pink building at 6520 Pine Ave. on northern Sanibel just before Captiva suffered major flooding and structural damage. The equally pink location at 1036 Periwinkle Way appears to have fared better per NOAA imagery and remains standing. More at lazyflamingo.com.

Lighthouse Cafe of Sanibel: While the restaurant at 362 Periwinkle Way is still standing, it suffered extensive flood damages. "(M)y childhood, like so many of yours, was tied up in this place. To see it like this is just hard," an Oct. 6 Facebook post reads. "I'm mourning the LHC that was, so I can hopefully rebuild the LHC that will be." More at facebook.com/lighthousecafeofsanibel.

A piece of artwork recovered from the devastation of The Mad Hatter Restaurant on northern Sanibel following Hurricane Ian.
A piece of artwork recovered from the devastation of The Mad Hatter Restaurant on northern Sanibel following Hurricane Ian.

The Mad Hatter: Hurricane Ian destroyed the iconic restaurant at 6467 Sanibel-Captiva Road. "Even though, it might be a year (or two) before we get to see you all again, we know we will rebuild the Mad Hatter into something just as magnificent as the original," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. A GoFundMe has been started to help with reconstruction. More at facebook.com/MadHatterRestaurant.

MudBugs Cajun Kitchen: The two-story restaurant at 1473 Periwinkle Way is still standing per NOAA imagery. Visit facebook.com/MudBugsCajunKitchen for more.

Normandie Seaside Cafe: The cafe is located in West Wind Island Resort at 3345 W. Gulf Drive, which appears to be standing per NOAA imagery. A GoFundMe has been launched for staff. More at westwindislandresort.com.

Over Easy Cafe: "(W)e received water through the roof (of the cafe) and it is pretty much destroyed from Ian," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads, "but I can say with overwhelming joy as of this moment every amazing employee ... (is) accounted for and alive — Praise Jesus. This is not the time to cry but to get to work." The cafe is at 630 Tarpon Bay Road.

Paper Fig Kitchen: Owners Debra and Jeramie Campana rode out the storm on the island. "We lost it all," Debra wrote via text message, "we ... woke up to our island destroyed. But we are alive. We will rebuild Paper Fig. ... I just got to get back so I can feed my community so they have nourishment to rebuild." Paper Fig is at 2003 Periwinkle Way; more at facebook.com/PaperFigKitchenSanibel.

The Pecking Order: The restaurant at 2496 Palm Ridge Road remains standing although it did flood. Owner Bridgit Stone rode out the storm on the island. She called Ian five times stronger than Charley and said she watched trees snap like twigs. "(W)e won’t be able to cook for you for a while," she wrote on Facebook. More at facebook.com/sanibelchicken.

Storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Ian devastated Lighthouse Cafe on Sanibel.
Storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Ian devastated Lighthouse Cafe on Sanibel.

Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream: The location at 2075 Periwinkle Way appears battered and flooded but standing per NOAA images. "Our beautiful Sanibel store would have been 1 year old on November 1st," an Oct. 4 Facebook post reads, "we are still not sure of real details as we have not yet been to the island." Visit facebook.com/pinocchiosicecream for updates.

The Sandbar: The restaurant at 2761 W. Gulf Drive was closed for vacation during the month of September. While a neighboring condo building suffered extensive damage, The Sandbar appears to be standing in NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/SanibelSandbar.

Sanibel Cafe: The restaurant's space in Tahitian Gardens, 1975 Periwinkle Way, remains standing per NOAA images. More at facebook.com/sanibelcafe.

Sanibel Deli: The space at 2330 Palm Ridge Road suffered extensive damage due to storm surge and flooding. "It looks like a war zone," an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. More at facebook.com/sanibeldeli.

Sanibel Fish House: The restaurant at 1523 Periwinkle Way appears to be standing per NOAA images. An Oct. 3 Facebook post reads, "due to the circumstances we will be CLOSED until further notice. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us and please continue to keep The Fish House and our lovely employees in everyone's thoughts and prayers." More at https://www.facebook.com/SanibelFishHouse.

Sanibel Fresh: The restaurant at 1020 Periwinkle Way is still standing per NOAA images. "I don’t know what condition the building is in," an Oct. 2 Facebook post reads. "What I can tell you is that our staff, who are the heart and soul of it, have all checked in, and they and their families are all safe." More at facebook.com/sanibelfresh.

Sanibel's Best Homemade Ice Cream: The shop at 362 Periwinkle Way suffered severe damage according to NOAA imagery. More at facebook.com/SanibelsBest.

Savoury Spoon: The 2-year-old restaurant in the Bailey's plaza, 2463 Periwinkle Way, suffered devastating damages. "The heartbreak I feel is overwhelming," an Oct. 12 Facebook post reads. "One little ray of sunshine, my recipes are safe." A GoFundMe has been started for recovery efforts. More at https://www.facebook.com/savouryspoon/

Schnapper's Hots: The building at 1528 Periwinkle Way appears to be standing per NOAA imagery. "It will be a long hard road but we will rebuild because we are #SanibelStrong!" an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. Visit facebook.com/schnappers for more.

The Shack of Sanibel: The ice cream shop at 1219 Periwinkle Way is intact. "Once electricity and water are restored, The Shack will give FREE products to everyone who is on island — residents, workers, volunteers ... whatever we have available, at no charge, for as long as it's available," The Shack wrote in an Oct. 4 Facebook post.

Spoondrift Island Bowls: The Spoondrift space in the Bailey's General Store plaza remains standing but suffered sever flooding and damages. "Our future at Spoondrift is unknown," an Oct. 4 Facebook post reads. "It is a numbing nightmare that (the) images don’t even do justice to provide." A GoFundMe has been started for the family.

Sunset Grill: The restaurant at 6536 Pine Ave. on northern Sanibel near Blind Pass suffered major structural damages according to NOAA images. More at sunsetgrillsanibel.com.

Sweet Melissa's Cafe: The restaurant at 1625 Periwinkle Way suffered extensive damage per Chef Melissa Donahue. She said she is looking to reopen in the Fort Myers area "ASAP" and is on the hunt for a new location. Visit facebook.com/sweetmelissascafesanibel for more.

Melissa Donahue, chef-owner of Sweet Melissa's Cafe on Sanibel, is one of 20 semifinalists for Best Chef: South at the 2019 James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant world.
Melissa Donahue, chef-owner of Sweet Melissa's Cafe on Sanibel, is one of 20 semifinalists for Best Chef: South at the 2019 James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant world.

T2 Bistro and Wine Bar: The restaurant at 2340 Periwinkle Way suffered heavy flooding according to NOAA imagery, but it appears to remain standing. Visit facebook.com/T2TradersRestaurant for more.

Thistle Lodge: The restaurant at Casa Ybel Resort, 2255 W. Gulf Drive, suffered extensive roof damage as well as flooding according to NOAA imagery. "Our beloved island and resort were greatly affected yesterday by Hurricane Ian," a Sept. 30 Facebook post reads. "Our local team and their families have been accounted for." More at facebook.com/casaybelresort.

Timbers Restaurant & Sanibel Grill: NOAA images show the restaurant at 703 Tarpon Bay Road still standing though surrounded by flood waters. "It was all flood and surge," owner Matt Asen said. "The structure is fine, the inside is fine. ... Whenever possible, I'll open Sanibel Grill just for locals and any workers who need meals." Visit timbersofsanibel.com for more.

Tipsy Turtle Restaurant & Bar: The restaurant at 1223 Periwinkle Way appears to be standing on NOAA imagery. Visit facebook.com/TipsyTurtleSanibel for more.

Traders: The restaurant at 1551 Periwinkle Way is still standing per NOAA images. More at facebook.com/TradersSanibel.

Traditions on the Beach: The Gulf-front restaurant at Island Inn, 3111 W. Gulf Dr., was devastated according to NOAA imagery, which shows debris and splintered wood in Traditions' place. "After 35 years working and enjoying the Islands with you all, with our hearts broken Traditions is no longer," an Oct. 3 Facebook post reads. "The Island will always be our heart and home, with patience and determination we can assure you the Sanibel community will be back better and stronger than before." More at facebook.com/traditionsonthebeach.

Tutti Pazzi took over the former Matzaluna space on Sanibel in January 2022. The restaurant is still standing following Hurricane Ian.
Tutti Pazzi took over the former Matzaluna space on Sanibel in January 2022. The restaurant is still standing following Hurricane Ian.

Tutti Pazzi: The restaurant at 1200 Periwinkle Way is still standing and co-owner Debra Campana has vowed to reopen as soon as possible. "We are strong," she wrote via text. More at facebook.com/TuttiPazziSanibel.

Annabelle Tometich is a staff writer who covers food and restaurants for The News-Press and Naples Daily News. Connect with this reporter: @ATometich (Twitter), @abellewrites (Instagram) or email atometich@news-press.com

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Hurricane Ian: Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Matlacha, Captiva restaurants