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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[…]

Triton Seafood opens to hungry crowd

MARATHON —  Owner Marvin Cerda opened Triton Seafood Restaurant on U.S.1 in Marathon over the Fourth of July holiday and said he has been busy ever since.  Cerda, former executive chef at Acquapazza Ristorante in Layton, said when that restaurant closed, he and wife Juanita, who worked there as well, decided it was time to[…]

Wedding planners make big day their work

KEY LARGO — Wedding planners Carin Hunt and Wendy Medeiros love all the elements that go into making a couple’s big day a success. The two recently partnered up to double down their services offered through their business, Key Destination Weddings & Events. Their wedding planning services deflect the stress from the bride and take it[…]

The queen roasts her own beans

Authentically strong Cuban coffee: Check. Breakfast all day and an impressive lunch menu: Check. Cool T-shirts and memorabilia: Check. As if the Cuban Coffee Queen didn’t already have it all. The company started last month roasting its own Arabica coffee beans in a new location in Key Lime Square off Southard Street. That’s right, Southard[…]

Broken phone? Figueroa fixes them fast

ISLAMORADA — Victor Figueroa has built a successful business, Keys Smartphone Repair, by rehabbing busted cellphones. At a minimum, he fixes about four phones a day. He starts working on them immediately, because he considers six hours too long to be without a phone. People need their smartphones. It’s what modern-day livelihoods and social lives are based[…]

Rusty Anchor returns

The owner of one local landmark has reopened another. Julio De La Cruz, who has owned and operated El Siboney Cuban restaurant for the past 13 years, partnered with his brother, Ruddy De La Cruz, and their wives, Keyla and Penelope, to buy, renovate and reopen the iconic Rusty Anchor seafood restaurant on Stock Island.[…]

Cats nap in their own room at the Hilton

KEY LARGO — Rambo, a 14-year-old Pekingese, gets to go for a car ride every day. His owner, Karen Simonetti, said when she turns her car into the parking lot at the Hilton Key Largo Resort where she works, Rambo’s tail starts to wag.  “He knows where he’s at and he starts to go nuts,” she said. […]