Port LaBelle Restaurant Lasts Only Three Months
LABELLE, FL. -- The Bella View Restaurant inside the Port LaBelle Inn has been "evicted," according to the hotel management. This is not the first time the hotel property owner has had to evict a restaurant tenant.
The Bella View Restaurant, owned by Ladislav Stranavsky of Naples and operated by his son Mario filed to do business as the "Bellaview Restaurant" on September 29, 2010 with the Florida Secretary of State office. The restaurant, located inside the Port LaBelle Inn, leased the space from the motel.
Stranavsky's last recorded business venture was Yummy CCG, a limited liability corporation in Bonita Springs that began operation in June of 2008 and went out of business 12 months later.
A food safety inspection showed two critical violations on their first inspection October 19th. Stranavsky failed to renew his restaurant license December 1st, but kept operating until about Monday of this week.
Rumors had spread a week ago that the Bella View might be closed for the "month of January." A receptionist at the hotel hinted there might be some troubles brewing, but as late as Monday January 10, the hotel manager said the restaurant was "not closing."
Troubles have plagued the motel's restaurant for years. Previous hotel owner Michael Lafferty of Naples, Fl and Arizona leased the restaurant room to Fort Myers' Maine's Best Seafood. Maine's Best reportedly never made any rent payments to Lafferty during their year at the Port LaBelle Inn. Lafferty then went under foreclosure, previous owner Richard and Mary ''Dotty" Seibel to taking the property back.
The Seibels sold to the current owner Ed J. Yasechko of Hubbard, Ohio, a truck stop operator. Yasechko operated "Olivia's" restaurant a few months before leasing it to Food Masters in March, 2010. Food Masters operated truck stops in the Mid-West.
Throughout the history of the restaurants at the Port LaBelle Inn it apparently never has had a restaurant license or certified restaurant manager, and had been cited repeatedly by the state, until Food Masters took over. The Food Master's chef, however was found to be working under an expired food manager license.
Next Yascechko leased to Stranavsky, who lasted the shortest time of all as the restaurant operator, only three months.
The Port LaBelle Inn manager says the restaurant is supposed to open again Tuesday January 18, operated by the hotel again. The state will have to inspect, license and approve the change of ownership. The liquor license is owned by Stranavsky and would have to be switched as well presumably.