The new seafood restaurant is at Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South in downtown Naples
Corinne Ryan and Veljko Pavicevic really like a good project.
That much is evident by their newest ambitious endeavor: Opening two restaurants in the same month.
The couple who co-own and co-manage Sails Restaurant on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples recently announced the November opening of The Butcher, an upscale burger bar and steakhouse in downtown Naples, are also opening Sava, a casual complement to Sails, the same month.
Sava will occupy the space next door to Sails at 305 Fifth Ave. S, which formerly held Engle Dentistry.
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Ryan said the restaurant will be a health-driven, modern American cuisine concept catering to beach goers looking for a more relaxed sit-down meal on Fifth Avenue.
“We noticed at Sails we’re only 2½, three blocks from the beach and people open the door at Sails Restaurant thinking they want to come in and it’s so close to the beach and then they go, ‘Oh we didn’t realize it’s so fancy,’ and they’re dressed in shorts and a T-shirt,” Ryan said.
“So we wanted somewhere where anyone feels comfortable to walk in off the beach and have a casual dinner.”
The restaurant will be named after Pavicevic’s grandmother, as a sort of tribute to her.
“It touched my heart. As soon as he said it I was like ‘Yes, that’s amazing,’ ” Ryan said. “It’s going to be very rustic, so think stone walls, like a grandma’s house.”
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Ryan and Pavicevic have already started developing the menu with Sails’ chef de cuisine Darren Veilleux.
In April, Sails began delivering daily meals to NCH Baker Hospital, and, without knowing, those doctors and nurses were receiving some test dishes meant for Sava’s menu.
One of those dishes was a roasted cauliflower plate with feta-yogurt sauce, miso caramel, sesame seeds and fresh chives.
“We gave a phone number for them to text what they thought of the meal and give us ideas for new meals and we got great feedback on the cauliflower,” Ryan said. “Chef Darren is incredible with creating. He’s got a really incredible talent for creating and presenting.”
Sava has been in the making for two years, and now Ryan and Pavicevic will be opening The Butcher and Sava and running Sails all in the same month.
When I commented that they must be a couple who love a project, Ryan laughed.
“We love putting ourselves under pressure,” Ryan said. “You perform under pressure.”
Sarajane Sullivan writes about food and restaurants for The News-Press and Naples Daily News. Email her at [email protected] and find her on Twitter @bysarajane.
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