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Say good bye to Cin Cin in Fort Myers

LilMsFoodie Jul 20, 2009 02:14 PM

A small report in the paper this afternoon announced the closing of Cin Cin. They made a valiant effort to adapt to the changing restaurant scene with the Gastro Pub idea and the cheap tapas menu but all was for naught. They did not have the money to make it through to Season.

Everyone will be lined up in front of Olive Garden however tonight. Cheaper, better food at the charming little Cin Cin would never occur to most. Big, over saturated color tv ads are what appeal....I guess. LMF

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  1. MartiniGenie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 20, 2009 02:22 PM

    Another one bites the dust - heard that Cin Cin was closing thru the grapevine yesterday. Tough market here; always has been. After being here for 27 years, I've seen so many come and go, some a surprise and some not. Hopefully, someone will fill the void...

    1. Suzie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 20, 2009 03:44 PM

      That just sucks! I have had a few great meals at Cin Cin the last few months.

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        LilMsFoodie RE: Suzie Jul 20, 2009 04:11 PM

        you and I should "do" lunch sometime and make a report. LMF

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          An Insatiable Appetite RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 20, 2009 07:14 PM

          LMF,

          It's a great sucking sound coming from Lee County, as the better spots wither away, leaving a culinary vacuum. Mediocre chains thrive. When there's nothing left but chains, oh how the people will complain about the "lack of variety"

          Wish more folks read chowhound than glossy ads in their mailbox.

          I just reviewed Cin Cin for my blog last week, and loved it.

          I had a great time at Fort Myers' Delicious Things Saturday, and fun at the Taste of Lee IFAS and Caloosa Rare Fruit event. Very high caliber horticulturists are here. There's weekly great bread at the Green Market too, with French Bread Bakery, and some very good honey and cheese, too. There are gems in the Ft. Myers area, that get little attention.

          I may have to visit Fort Myers' successful spots-Applebees and Iguana Mia, etc, to readjust my tastebuds; the majority of people of Fort Myers have made their preferences clear.

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        909longpoint RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 07:12 AM

        We had just discovered Cin Cin last week and were caught off guard by their great good and very creative menu. It was honestly the first restaurant we'd eaten at in SW Florida where the kitchen actually exceeded the expectations represented on the menu, and at a very reasonable price, too. On our 3rd visit to the place in a week, last evening we sadly discovered they had closed. Great, now what, food in FM SUCKS... unless you crave sodium and mayonnaise. Being new to the area, all I can say is, it doesn't seem to pay to do food right around here, because people just don't get it.

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          Suzie RE: 909longpoint Jul 21, 2009 08:14 AM

          "all I can say is, it doesn't seem to pay to do food right around here, because people just don't get it."

          I soooooo agree 909.

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            digyourself RE: Suzie Jul 21, 2009 09:02 AM

            Whenever I hit town, I laugh at the billboard telling me that Perkins has been voted Best Place for Breakfast for several years in a row. That says a lot. I had hoped to check this place out next time I was down that way. Bummer.

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              LilMsFoodie RE: digyourself Jul 21, 2009 09:32 AM

              don't kid yourself, that sort of result is typical all over the country. Denny's is often the best breakfast in a popular vote or the always fabulous I-Hop.

              Orlando routinely votes Olive Garden the top italian as well as Reno, NV and Cleveland, OH.

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                digyourself RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 10:04 AM

                I'm not kidding myself...I wasn't born yesterday. I lived in Fort Myers for many years. I cooked in a few restaurants. I have been consistently disappointed by the food scene down there for years and the sign on 41 as you head in to NFM just reminds me of that every I make the drive.

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          gfr1111 RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 08:57 AM

          It seems as if relatively new places, open three years or less, are particularly vulnerable to the economic malaise.

          One of the characteristics of Chowhound posters, in general, is that we are not an elitist bunch: the food is the thing, not the surroundings. Good food can be found in inexpensive places.

          I agree with your remark about Olive Garden, LilMsFoodie, and yours, 909Longpoint, that people just don't get it. If people don't start supporting these places serving quality food, we'll be left with a vast wasteland of chains. The problem, I think, is that most or many (Aye! There's the rub!) people don't care enough about food to seek out the pedestrian from the superior. Sorry to provide such a depressing post. I'm really sorry to see Cin Cin go.

          1. Suzie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 09:04 AM

            We were just going to take a group of out of town friends there this coming Thurs. Now I gotta figure something else out, lol!

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              LilMsFoodie RE: Suzie Jul 21, 2009 09:47 AM

              That place in the Hotel Indigo is supposed to be very good. I hope it does well. I love the hotel chain and they have a good lock on current consumer attitudes. I've stayed in their hotels and liked them very much. Vino de Notte in the old Bara Bread space. At least it would be different.

              Angelina's has a great 3 course dinner deal for $27.50 with a good selection. I've booked it for a business meeting next week. They worked with me to keep the wine price down as with dessert, coffee, 2 glasses of wine I can do the entire dinner for $50 per person with tax and tip. A great deal considering the quality.

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                Suzie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 09:59 AM

                We are going to the rooftop bar for drinks at Indigo. We have eaten at the restaurant 2 times now and once was good and once was horrible so we ruled it out for entertaining our guests with it.
                I will check out Vino de Notte. Thanks : )

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                  An Insatiable Appetite RE: Suzie Jul 21, 2009 10:13 AM

                  LMF and Suzie,

                  I organize monthly meetings for 30+ people where we now get appetizer, main (choice of fish meat vegetarian), 1-2 glasses of wine and dessert for $50-55 at the high quality, high end places.

                  Six months ago, we were paying almost $100 for the same meal in season. Negotiate a win-win deal. I've found that my group members often return with their families and friends soon after, thanking me for introducing them to a spot they otherwise would not have tried.

                  I've enjoyed Chef Nick's Angelina's and Sommelier Angela knows her wines.

                  Anyone tried Ft Myers' Morgan House?

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                    LilMsFoodie RE: An Insatiable Appetite Jul 21, 2009 12:32 PM

                    Morgan House: tried, its very very pedestrian, but maybe they have upgraded in the past 9 months.

                    Regarding the dinners at a set price, I have done two dinners at the Veranda (I know I know) that were well done considering... I use them as they are one of the only places with a private quiet dining room with some atmosphere.

                    I'll be getting my menu from Angelina's. We are doing the dinner $50 pp including tax, tip and 2 glasses of wine.

                    Vino de Notte IS the Hotel Indigo restaurant. I guess they have a lobby place but this is their signature restaurant.

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                      Suzie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 12:58 PM

                      "Vino de Notte IS the Hotel Indigo restaurant."
                      Thats what I thought but when I read your post it sounded like a different place, lol. Maybe they have their act together by now (we went fairly soon after they opened). I have not tried Angelina's but it looks very good.

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                        LilMsFoodie RE: Suzie Jul 21, 2009 02:08 PM

                        Angelina's is my number one choice of restaurant in Lee county at this time. Better than anything else in atmosphere, service, wine list, food, etc.

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                        Suzie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 24, 2009 05:28 AM

                        We have decided to go to Vino de Notte with our group tonight. I will let you know how it goes.

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                jbv1054 RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 21, 2009 05:25 PM

                Last one to leave please turn out the light

                1. LilMsFoodie RE: LilMsFoodie Jul 25, 2009 09:40 AM

                  too hot to cook so off we went to Crave. It was closed, but I think temporarily due to a birth. What I noticed was on a Friday night, about 3 cars at Cibo, 5 tables at Nomikis Plakka (which we tried and were appalled). The little French restaurant that took over Andre's/Lavande/ etc. is gone. Nomikis said they closed one night, said nothing, moved things out and were gone. Brown paper over the glass and no note.

                  The poor crowd at Cibo does not bode well. Quite a few regulars were shocked that Crave was closed without really giving notice to people. I noted none went to Cibo and most wouldn't think of the Greek place.

                  We'll see.

                  Didn't see that these places warranted their own thread as they are in the area of CinCin's.

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                    nosh RE: LilMsFoodie Aug 5, 2009 10:57 AM

                    I visit Ft. Myers when my mom winters there, and I am also disturbed at the failures of some of the better independents. I know a lot is due to the economy, but this does not explain the proliferation of chains and bad hotel or seafront restaurants. One aspect of Ft. Myers, and Naples and Bonita Springs, is that a lot of the more affluent population live in country club communities, and they take a lot of their meals, for convenience and to fulfill their minimums, at their clubs.

                    Having said that, I throw out another kudo to Sasse's, which is a family-run independent and couldn't be further from the touristy areas. Good Italian fare from their woodburning oven, nice portions (not as huge as they used to be) and good service and value. I know that LMF has not been a fan -- maybe you can try it anew. And though it has gone through its ups and downs, Bistro 41 in the Bell Towers has outlasted a number of glitzy, shortlived newcomers and is capable of some really fun, delicious meals. My best wishes that Wyld's Cafe on Bonita revives from its offseason hiatus -- it has been our favorite in the area the last couple of years.

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