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Escape route Key West Room Escape challenges and entertains

The escape room craze has come to Key West. The trend that started as a corporate team-building exercise around 2010 has ballooned to a multimillion-dollar industry with more than 2,800 such rooms now in existence all over the world. “It’s definitely a ‘thing’ these days. There’s a ton of these in Miami and Orlando, everywhere[…]

Bungalows Key Largo to roll out this year

KEY LARGO — Work on hotelier and Cheeca Holdings Developer Jerry Johnson’s newest Florida Keys-based resort is soon to get underway and representatives will go before the Monroe County Planning Commission this month to request a liquor license.  The high-end resort, Bungalows Key Largo, will be built at 99060 Overseas Highway where Point of View RV Resort is[…]

Historic Key West Inns celebrates 20 years of hospitality

Julia Fondriest owns and operates 220 guest rooms spread among six independent boutique hotels in Key West’s Old Town. She employs 110 workers and has properly preserved 50 of Key West’s classic wooden buildings to create a collection known as Historic Key West Inns. But Fondriest is an anomaly, an unexpected exception in an industry[…]

Local chef harvests sea salt from Key West waters

Paul Orchard will never buy salt again. “As if it’s so expensive,” laughed the Key West chef and restaurant manager who recently started selling the handmade sea salt he harvests from local waters. “But for cooking, I do honestly prefer the coarser crystals of sea salt, and the trace minerals and elements that are left behind[…]

The Roost replaces rundown liquor store

There are no neon beer signs or chest-thumping speakers inside Key West’s newest drinking establishment. There’s no pool table, kitchen, dance floor or dart board at The Roost, yet it’s not missing a thing.  “I was just buying a building and a liquor license,” said Maria Sharpe, who bought the former Baby Cheapee’s liquor store at[…]

Business owner making his mark in Key Largo

KEY LARGO — Benito Rodriguez is a true pressman. His career in the printing industry has spanned 38 years and has taken him all over the country, ultimately landing him in Key Largo as the owner of Keys Prints. Rodriguez has made a successful livelihood from his craft, raising three children. He’s run a 6-color Heidelberg[…]

Local restaurateur adds 3rd eatery to his empire

Damian DeAngelis — and his Key West restaurant career — have come full circle. Both are back where they started in 2003 at the historic corner of Whitehead and Caroline streets, though DeAngelis’s job title has changed significantly. “Kelly’s was not only my first job in Key West in 2003, but it was also my very[…]

Coastal comfort

Perfectly prepared, but pleasantly unpretentious. The description applies not only to the food at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar, but to the overall feel of its waterfront surroundings at the new Perry Hotel at Stock Island Marina Village on Shrimp Road. With boat propellers lining the wall behind the front desk, reclaimed wood wherever[…]