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Ragged Ass Saloon offers new look

November 29, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Ragged Ass Saloon has been a fixture of Pine Island since the 1960s. Last year, three partners, John Shields, Nick Ruland and Peter Ennis, purchased the restaurant. All have owned restaurants before.

"We were looking for a restaurant to buy together when the Ragged Ass became available," Ennis said. "We all liked the idea that it's a saloon. Of course, there's Sloppy Joe's Saloon in Key West and while we don't think we're the next Sloppy Joe's. We believed there was a unique opportunity with Ragged Ass Saloon and we were right.

"We've owned the restaurant for a year and have had a great first season," Ennis said. "We knew we needed to upgrade the look of the restaurant and immediately started with painting and cleaning. Recently we refurnished the dining room and I have to say it looks great. We have also added a 'tiki' stage with better sound and visibility for our guests."

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The new dining room at the Ragged Ass Saloon.


Ragged Ass Saloon has always served breakfast, lunch and dinner. However the new owners have brought in a new chef and created a real dinner menu that includes five new entrees: Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Bowl, Grilled House Sirloin, Seafood Scampi, Baked or Fried Atlantic Cod and Yankee Pot Roast.

"We have brought in local Pine Island clams that have been a big hit and Nick (Ruland) wants to bring in fresh local seafood," Ennis said. "We don't want to rush things, just to add them - we want to get it right whenever we make additions to the menu."

The restaurant slogan is "Come by Boat Come by Bike Come buy Beer!"

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"Our latest project is to add safety rails around the seawall and more than double our dock space," Ennis said. "We're very excited to be able to accommodate more of our boaters.

"You know we've always wanted to be involved with the community," Ennis said. "There's such a wonderful small town feel to Pine Island and St. James City and these are the friendliest people in the world. We were fortunate to be involved in numerous find raisers and community activities.

"Ragged Ass Saloon has a great name, it's been here forever, and St. James City has become a place of destination," Ennis said. "I've heard the names Pine Island and Matlacha more in the last two years than I did in the previous 25 years. All of the partners are committed to making Ragged Ass Saloon a full fledged restaurant."

The Ragged Ass Saloon is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are Monday Satur-day, 4-9 p.m., and Sunday, 4-8 p.m.



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