Could 2019 see the demolition of the former Pineapples restaurant which has stood abandoned for so long? Current owner Mike Miller in new relationship with Frank Cassata has encouraging news.
They have formed the entity Cassata Miller Development, LLC. and among their plans is developing Cassata Square. It would be a mixed-use development at the Southeast corner of North Tamiami Trail and Venice Avenue and is currently in planning stages.
The new plans for Cassata Square are to build two and three story buildings which will include financial services, retail, office and residential uses. The neighborhood meeting for this project is planned for January 2019.
Built in 1967 occupying 8,750 square feet, it was in 2013 Pineapples Island Grill became one of the larger restaurants in Venice and opened with a night club that could cater to more than 720 diners.
It closed in the summer of 2014, reopening later that year as Classics Steakhouse & Island Grill. Within a year that failed and the property was on the market again with an asking price of $1,650,000. Subsequently following foreclosure Iberiabank marketed the property at $1.3 million.