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‘Tried and true’

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

The saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” applies to Pete’s Fish & Chips.

The local favorite may have a new owner, but the things customers know and love aren’t going anywhere.

“Even though it’s under new ownership, all the food items and quality of the food that customers have been accustomed to has stayed the same,” said new owner Tony Marchese.

The restaurant, located at 311 Del Prado Blvd., unit 5, was established in 2012 by Pete and Dianne Rushton and Marchese bought it last May.

There will be a ribbon-cutting on Dec. 2 to formally announce the new ownership.

The Rushtons weren’t members of the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce. Marchese says that when he joined, the chamber approached him about doing a ribbon-cutting.

“Just to kind of publicize that it’s under new ownership,” he said.

There will be coffee, cookies and danishes.

Marchese expects the 9:30 a.m. event, held at Pete’s Fish & Chips, to last until 10 a.m.

He’s also no stranger to the restaurant industry. Marchese had a spot 30 years ago on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Now he’s trading a bigger menu full of burgers, wings, Phili cheesesteaks and finger food for British-style comfort food.

When he and his wife moved to Cape Coral full-time last year, Marchese decided he wanted to get out and do something.

“I saw Pete’s was for sale, so I took it on. It’s well established. It’s in the top 10 on TripAdvisor. It’s all over Google. It’s all over Facebook. It has good ratings. The original owners did a good job establishing it,” he said. “It’s not like it just opened and I don’t know if it’ll be here next year. It’s tried and true.”

Some other things Marchese likes about Pete’s is its limited menu and limited hours.

In addition to fish and chips, Pete’s also offers chicken, shrimp, pies and Cornish pasties.

Pete’s is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s closed on Sunday.

When he bought Pete’s, Marchese said he kept everything “basically the same.”

Customers will only see a couple of new menu items.

“I did add some specialty items that hardcore British customers requested,” he said. “Mushy peas and curry sauce. Stuff they like and are accustomed to from England.”

Besides adding some new dishes, Marchese says he plans on keeping things as they are.

“It’s tried and true,” he said.

If you have a hankering for deep-fried fish in a crispy batter served with fat golden french fries (chips, if you’re British) and you liked the magic Pete’s created before – you can experience it whenever you like because it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

For additional information about the restaurant, call 239-458-2447 or visit petes-fish-chips.com.