BUSINESS NEWS: Fiore’s Restaurant adds full liquor bar

Published on: July 11, 2018

Fiore’s Restaurant keeps changing to serve its diners

By LOIS KINDLE

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Donna and Matt Fiore stand in front of the new full-service bar at Fiore’s in Ruskin. It’s part of their ongoing renovation since acquiring the restaurant July 1, 2016.

A full-service bar is Fiore’s latest addition in its ongoing restaurant renovation. Ever since Donna and Matt Fiore purchased the old Sunshine Café two years ago, they’ve been steadily changing the place to make it their own.

“People thank us all the time for bringing them a nice restaurant where they can have great meals at moderate prices,” Donna said. “And now that we have full liquor service, they can have a fabulous filet with a martini or Manhattan.”

Early last year, mother and son introduced a new dinner menu as the first of many moves to give diners a choice other than the chain eateries or sports bars that dominate the area. In addition to an array of Italian favorites, the menu offered made-from-scratch appetizers, soups, salads, sides and desserts and entrees like steak, wild salmon, seafood combos and chicken.

Since then, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus have been expanded and tweaked to include items like seasoned peppers and scrambled eggs on Cuban toast, build-your-own omelets, a bigger and better Reuben sandwich, sweet potato fries and liver and onions. And there’s now a kids’ menu.

Fiore’s also offers an all-you-can-eat pasta special  Thursday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. that includes your choice of noodles, sauces and meat, salad and bread and an all-you-can-eat fried fish special, with fries, coleslaw and soup on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the fall, the restaurant will replace the pasta special with its popular prime rib dinner special.

The food isn’t all that’s changed.

The Fiores gave the restaurant an entire makeover. They took out the old carpet and replaced it with vinyl “wood” floors; had the  interior walls freshly painted with bright colors; installed new, black ceilings; and added a new sound system, chairs and tablecloths. They added high-top tables and a bar to what was formerly an extension of the main dining room. They also built a new office.

“We still have the kitchen and restrooms to renovate,” Matt said. “We also need better outside signage.”

Diners enjoy Sunday lunch in Fiore’s main dining room. The entire restaurant has a new look since the owners began changing things to make it their own.

One thing diners take note of is the colorful display of works produced by local artists lining the restaurant’s walls. The stained-glass windows above the wall separating the bar area and dining room were made by the Sun City Center and Kings Point stained glass clubs.

And the name of the restaurant is now officially Fiore’s Restaurant (permanently dropping the extension Sunshine Café).  

If you’ve never been to Fiore’s or haven’t visited in some time, you’ll barely recognize it. Located in the Cypress Village Shopping Center at 3808 S.R. 674, Ruskin, the restaurant is open  6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.fioresrestaurant.com or call 813-633-3344.

The walls of Fiore’s Restaurant are lined with pieces of original art created by local artists. Two stained glass windows in a wall between the main dining room and bar area were made and donated by the Sun City Center and Kings Point stained glass clubs.

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