Peter Bordeau and his nephew, Tom, gave themselves a nice Christmas present this year: a new restaurant.
Well, it's actually an established restaurant they took over but, in a short period of time, they have put their mark on Bayshore Cafe & Pizza at 6351 Bayshore Road, next to Lynx Services at the Bayshore Plaza neat Slater Road.
Bordeau has been in the restaurant business for more than 40 years in virtually every facet of the industry. He started in the kitchen of his hometown hospital and worked in various commercial and institutional setting. He also owned two successful restaurants.
Owner Peter Bordeau of the Bayshore Cafe, 6351 Bayshore Road.
Bordeau came here South Carolina and Maine before that, while Tom came from New Hampshire.
"It was a little early to retire. It made sense to buy a business I had 15 years ago. Bordeau said, adding he left to do other things. "I thought this could be fun. When you do a good job, you get satisfaction."
The Bordeaus considered numerous places in Naples and Fort Myers and decided Bayshore Cafe would be a good spot. It wasn't too big or too small and the hours fit his desire.
Best of all, the workers at Lynx have begun to enjoy going there for breakfast and lunch, after few of them came when the previous owner was there.
"We made some changes around here. It's a little friendlier and hopefully the food is better," Bordeau said. "We saw how they did things and evaluated it. We kept what made sense and made changes when we needed to."
The strategy proved to be a good one as it allowed them to keep most of the customer base that came there and bring in some new ones. Things started slow, as they took over during the holidays, but picked up shortly after the new year.
Bayshore offers breakfast all day and lunch starts around 11 a.m. They have great pizza, fried fish and sandwiches, as well as pasta, meatballs and other Italian fare. They have also added more burgers to the menu and homemade soups.
Breakfast can come in for as little as $4, while stuffed French Toast with brie and raspberries can go for $10 on the weekends.
"It's very inexpensive as compared to the other places for breakfast. There's a chain in Naples that sells things for $3 to $4 more than we do," Bordeau said. "We cater to the folks of North Fort Myers and we want them to come in as friends and neighbors."
Bayshore Cafe is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 543-1015.