Future of Fort Myers firehouse up in the air as city reviews restaurant renovation proposals


FORT MYERS, Fla. — The future of an old firehouse in midtown Fort Myers is up in the air as the city works to review proposals for renovations.

In July, Chef Cal Bruno of Bruno’s of Brooklyn Italian Eatery offered the city around $400,000 for the building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Avenue.

“We showed interest in this beautiful building that’s sitting downtown underutilized. Basically it’s rotting away,” said Bruno.

The city council voted to table Bruno’s proposal. A city spokesperson said several more proposals were submitted and all ideas have to be considered.

Proposals for the midtown area were due Friday. Now they will be reviewed by several departments before they reach council.

A spokesperson for the city said Bruno’s proposal is still being considered. Adding more than one proposal could potentially work together to transform the area.

Bruno said he’s focusing on the firehouse and the space it offers. His plans include expanding the restaurant and building an Italian market.


“My family and I have a lot of contact points in Italy and importing goods is fairly easy for us. Importing goods that are hard to find here that the public through the restaurant has asked me for a lot of many things,” said Bruno.

The city is expected to release details of counter proposals in upcoming weeks.

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