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08.09.2017 Island Opportunities

August 9, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

08.09.2017 Island Opportunities

When season is over, it's time for the locals to get out and enjoy the island's food and entertainment scene. It can be hard to get around during season, but once traffic lightens - even with construction - our islanders have lots of delicious or fun choices to make.

From now through September, the Observer will feature a restaurant, bar or business on Fort Myers Beach or San Carlos Island that our readers might like to get out and enjoy.

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This week: House of the Rising Sun

If you're looking for chill vibes with your wine or beer, the place to be is House of the Rising Sun.

It's not on Estero Island, but it's worth the short drive. It's like no other establishment in the area; the front of the bright, inviting location is home to a collection of local artists' creations - all for sale - tastefully arranged and ready to grab your eye. A small, intimate bar inside offers a chance to sit down for happy hour or set you glass while you peruse the artwork.

Outside, a peaceful courtyard will help you relax after a day at work.

House of the Rising Sun sells craft beer and wine; those with a sweet tooth can purchase one of the delectable desserts for sale. Customers are welcome to bring food along with them while they hang out.

Owner Chelsey Cook opened the art bar this spring as a way to promote local art and give Fort Myers Beach a little bit of a Matlacha flair. Be sure to follow the establishment on Facebook at @houseofrising; Cook hosts many fun events, such as comedy nights, live music or craft evenings.

House of the Rising Sun is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday from noon to 10 p.m. And Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. It's located at 17979 San Carlos Boulevard.



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