Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PI Update: Island Dining

If you recall Pleasure Island back in the day, there was only a small selection of restaurants to choose from. (Not that a large tray of hot french fries at 1AM from the Missing Link was a bad thing!) But let's head high into the sky and look down on the many new dining options on the Island!
Facing West End Plaza, STK is an upscale steakhouse located where Comedy Warehouse used to stand.
Paradiso 37 has been enlarged since this photo was taken and had expanded window seating overlooking Village Lake.  This was already under construction when the PI clubs closed and is located in the building that formerly housed shops such as DTV as well as the aforementioned Missing Link Sausage Company.
Occupying part of the plot of land where Rock'n'Roll Beach Club used to stand, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar is more bar than restaurant but there are numerous finger food options here. And some great Indiana Jones themeing!
The Boathouse is wedged in the corner of the Island where club Motion used to stand along with the rest of RRBC. Lots of vintage watercraft are docked along its boardwalk and there is a popular outdoor bar perched out there as well.
Of course we all know that Morimoto Asia occupies all of Mannequins as well as about two thirds of 8TRAX.
Located at the foot of where the Lombard Promenade used to cascade downhill from the Island's upper level, Chef Art Smith's Homecoming delivers upscale Florida cooking.
No changes at Raglan Road Irish Pub or the accompanying Cookes of Dublin fish'n'chips quick service restaurant.
With extensive renovations completed that include smokestacks and a paddle wheel astern, the Empress Lily at Fulton's Crab House is now Paddlefish.
Extensive renovations at Planet Hollywood has turned it into Planet Hollywood Observatory. Technically part of the West Side, it existed before the West Side and was always considered part of Pleasure Island so we include it here. DJ's play here at night.
Coming in late 2017, The Edison will feature a contemporary American menu. And a performance arena.
Last but not least, renovations are in progress at Portobello Country Italian TrattoriaBlog reader DJMadmanRay tells the Blog the new name will be Terralina Crafted Italian Restaurant with food inspired by award-winning chef Tony Mantuano.  Certainly many more dining options now on the Island. I was hoping for the announcement of a new Hooters but perhaps they'll be in the next wave!


DJMadManRay said...

Bob, no luck. I've heard that Hooters backed out because of the rent price, but Wing House and Twin Peaks are still trying to get in.

KingBob said...

I could live with those, Ray!