FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 23, 2013) – In conjunction with its 35th anniversary, one of Southwest Florida’s most popular fine-dining institutions has updated its corporate website.

The Veranda in downtown Fort Myers recently unveiled its new site at

The updated site includes lunch, dinner, private party and off-site catering menus, historical information, photo galleries, recent press articles, preferred customer sign up and gift card purchases as well as links to the restaurant’s social media sites.

“We wanted our new site to be more user friendly and reflect our history as well as who we are today as we celebrate our 35-year milestone,” said Paul Peden, who owns and operates the restaurant with his son Craig.

Colorado Springs’ web design company Bracewell Web Works created the new site.

The story of the Veranda is ingrained in the City of Fort Myers’ own history. In 1902, Manuel Gonzales built two houses at the corner of Second Street and Broadway. He and his family occupied the corner house, while the second home was built for his mother and was located adjacent to the first house (in what is now the Veranda’s parking lot). In the early 1970s, Peter Pulitzer, son of the publisher, joined the two houses for his long-time fishing buddy, Fingers O’Bannon. The original kitchen building from the second house, along with a secluded landscaped garden courtyard featuring a waterfall and Koi pond, now joins the two houses.

To celebrate the restaurant’s 35th anniversary, from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2013, dinner patrons at the restaurant, located at 2122 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, will be able to enter a monthly drawing for a $350 gift certificate. On Nov. 1, 2013, the Veranda will also draw for a grand prize from all previous entrants for a $3,500 house account at the restaurant.

According to Peden, the restaurant will also be donating $350 to a different food-related local charity each month and $3,500 of in-kind services. These charities include F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, Community Cooperative Ministries Inc., the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Blessings in a Backpack, the Salvation Army’s Sally’s Café and the Nation’s Association Charities, Inc.

Veranda dinner patrons can enter the drawings by completing an entry form provided with their guest check. Diners can enter each time they dine at the Veranda from May 1 through Oct. 31, 2013 to increase their chances of winning.

The restaurant features Southern regional cuisine with a full bar, extensive wine list and first-class service in a romantic setting.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A mid-day menu is served Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Private dining is also available from 10 to 400 guests. Live entertainment is featured in the Veranda’s piano lounge Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30. Valet or street parking is available.

For reservations and more information, call 239-332-2065 or visit