Our favorite restaurant in Naples, FL, Bleu Provence, has been sold to the Hoffmann Family of Companies. The Naples Daily News’s Laura Layden reports:
The Bleu Provence in Old Naples will soon change hands.
The soon-to-be new owners of the award-winning French restaurant? The Hoffmanns.
On Thursday, the Hoffmann Family of Cos. announced the purchase – the latest in a long string of acquisitions in Southwest Florida and beyond.
In a phone interview, David Hoffmann, the company’s founder and chairman, shared the primary reasons for his interest.
“One, we liked the real estate. So, we bought the building,” he said. “Then two, that has been one of my favorite restaurants in Naples.”
The deal is expected to close within 45 days, with a signed letter of intent in hand.
“We are definitely going to close,” Hoffmann said confidently. “We always close.”
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The restaurant is located at 1234 Eighth Street S., near the City Dock.
A ‘labor of love’
According to the restaurant’s website, Jacques and Lysielle Cariot opened the eatery as a “labor of love” in 1999 after “retiring to Naples,” from Provence, France. Today, the restaurant’s “wine cave” boasts more than 60,000 bottles, representing more than 5,520 different wines from around the world.
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