It didn’t make it to a first anniversary and Miami-inspired Neche Restaurant & Ultra Lounge still has a difficult future ahead, even after shuttering.
Located on Town Square’s upper level, inside the former Coconuts Beach Bar & Mexican Grill, Neche quietly closed in recent weeks and immediately filed for bankruptcy. Liabilities have been estimated to fall between $500,000 and $1 million, with assets of less than $50,000.
Neche's 9,184-square-foot space promoted nightly themed entertainment, like karaoke, salsa nights, comedy and DJ showcases. It became less known for its menu, once boldly touting "seasonal produce, exotic meats, and wild caught sustainable seafood." No replacement has yet been announced.
In positive news, the retail hub will be adding another fast-casual option soon. Located on Market Place South, a few steps from Brio Tuscan Grille and next to the taxi stand, Braud’s Funnel Cake Cafe will make the leap from well-known local food truck to a permanent base.
Promising its funnel cakes are “always made to order, NEVER frozen,” the 550-square-foot outpost will feature the concept’s many menu variations, like bacon and maple syrup, “PB&J,” s'mores, banana pudding and mini, 3-inch funnel cakes. The cafe is currently hiring.
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