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An architect-turned-restaurateur isn’t something you hear of every day. Nonetheless, that’s what Matthew Kragh is: the guy behind a lot of the gorgeous, white, old Florida-style homes that dot many streets in downtown Naples. He recently turned his creative forces toward a new venture—one where aesthetics still play a role, and so does really tasty food.

It’s called Timeless – An MHK Eatery, and it’s opening Monday, Aug. 7, with the kind of contemporary, seasonally driven fare that’s sure to make it a fast favorite on the Naples dining scene. Chef David Nelson (formerly of Truluck’s and Avenue5) has created a menu that’s a little bit of everything: It’s a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, with a wine, beer and pizza lounge, all at once. Grab your coffee on the way to work, then stop in for a bite and a glass of wine on the way home.

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The space is cleverly divided into two main sections: one that’s more of a traditional restaurant setting, the other that’s more like a living room where you’ll want to post up and stay a while. In the middle, pull up to the bar and watch the chefs do their thing; it’s an open-kitchen concept, so you can see where it all happens, including the coal-fired pizza oven (which also produces some pretty tasty coal-fired breakfast bagels in the morning). There’s a cute outdoor bar and courtyard dining area, as well.

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My favorite pizza was the Funghi, with creamed leeks, olive oil- and garlic-braised mushrooms, gruyere and truffled arugula. The crowd favorite thus far seems to be the PB&J (pineapple, bacon and jalapeño, that is), and I can’t wait to try the White Clam pizza with clams, herbs, lemon, fresh garlic and asiago. Check out the full menu here.

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The lounge area is the perfect spot to hang with friends, watch some sports (hey, football’s starting soon!), play a round of tic-tac-toe or brush up on your wine IQ with the biggest coffee table book ever. (Really, it’s huge.)

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One length of the restaurant is entirely floor-to-ceiling windows, which makes for a bright, airy atmosphere (and good lighting for pics 😉). Pro tip: If you’re a fan of rosé, try a glass of the Pamplemousse for a semi-sweet hint of grapefruit.

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Timeless – An MHK Eatery
90 Tamiami Trail N., Naples | (239) 331-4325
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