The Fort Myers restaurateur is raising a second restaurant for her family in Fort Myers, Florida, with hopes of opening soon in Los Angeles.
The owner of Fort Myers Restaurant, Elaina Torres, said she hopes to open her second restaurant in the summer of 2018 in the space she owns in the city’s historic downtown, which she says is in need of revitalization.
“We’ve been talking about it for years,” Torres said.
“We are in the midst of it.
It’s not an easy thing to do.
It can take a couple of years, but it is an easy decision for us.”
She hopes to raise about $1 million for her new venture, with plans to open in early 2019.
She has also recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to get the building up to code.
Torres owns the former Elaina’s Kitchen, which has served more than 1,300 meals since its opening in 2014.
She hopes her second location will be open by late summer, and will serve a variety of cuisines, including a Mexican-inspired cuisine, a Korean-inspired menu and a vegetarian option.
The Fort Myers eatery has been open for almost a decade, with Torres’ sister, Michelle Torres, opening a second branch in the early 1990s.
Her sister and Torres started their restaurant together in Fort Lauderdale, and Torres opened her first restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1997.
She owns a restaurant in San Diego, California, as well as an upscale boutique restaurant in Los Altos, California.
Torres said she is planning to open the restaurant with a full kitchen staff of eight, which is what her sister’s restaurant did.
“The reason I’ve chosen Fort Myers is because the community has been very supportive,” Torres explained.
“Fort Myers is one of the more liberal cities in the United States.
People want to be a part of something that is progressive.
I’m a proud member of that group.
I want to make sure that I do the best I can to represent the city.”
Torres added that she has also been working on her business plans to bring her family back to Fort Myers and she is hoping to open a restaurant that serves more than just traditional Mexican cuisine.
She said that she hopes her restaurant can provide the same kind of dining experiences that her sister and her family enjoyed at her original restaurant, and she hopes that her new location will draw in a larger number of people.
“My sister loved Fort Myers so much.
We would come to her family’s wedding in Fort Worth, Texas, and it was so special,” Torres added.
“I want to bring the same thing to Fort Wayne.”
For more information on Torres’ new venture and other Fort Myers restaurants, visit her website at fortmyersrestaurant.com.