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Cactus Jack’s under new ownership

October 4, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Scott Turner and his wife, Gina, have never owned a restaurant before, having spent much of their lives in the corporate world.

So, it may seem a little odd they would walk away from that to own a restaurant. But they cashed in their chips and became the new owners of Cactus Jack's Waterfront Grill at Marinatown in North Fort Myers about two months ago.

"My wife and I had visited here on many occasions and were looking to move to this area and get out of the corporate world. We were looking for different opportunities and found this one and thought it would be a good fit," said Scott, who is originally from Kansas City.

Gina was a project manager for a manufacturing company and he was a lawyer, but they wanted to try something different and "be around people in a more positive fashion."

They looked at several different businesses and thought there was an opportunity to make changes. Several TVs have been added for more sports, general repairs have been made and cleaning has been done and changes are being made to the menu.

So far, it's been slow as it is the off-season, but business has increased every week. Turner said the algae issue hasn't been a huge problem except for a few days.

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"The word is getting out that there are new owners, new blood and people are excited and coming in," Turner said.

The menu has more seafood and burger offerings and other entrees that will be exclusive to Cactus Jack's. Among them will be the Big Porker Burger, a burger with pulled pork, bacon and jalapenos sausage.

"We are going to have seafood buckets with lobster, scallops and shrimp, a Key West enchilada that will give a cool take on the burrito," Turner said.

The tiki and the two bars will remain, as will the all-day Happy Hour with some appetizer and shot and drink specials the previous owners did not have.

Cactus Jack's will have a grand opening this Saturday which will feature a fundraiser for the Humane Society, where all profits will go to them. There will also be giveaways and raffles to help make people aware of Marinatown.

"There are a lot of people who didn't know this area was here, so Marinatown is still a secret. The owners need to work together to get the word out," Turner said. "We have four great restaurants down here by the water."

Cactus Jack's is at 3448 Marinatown Lane, and is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 652-5787.



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