FORT MYERS, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2014) – Thirty-six years adds up to a lot of stories and memories. Engagements, weddings, first dates, business negotiations, political fundraisers, anniversaries and much more have all occurred at downtown Fort Myers’ restaurant institution, the Veranda.

From May 1 until Oct. 31, 2014, anyone who shares a story on the Veranda’s Facebook or Twitter page will be eligible to win a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card.

“Everyone has a Veranda story,” said Craig Peden, who owns and operates the Veranda with his father Paul. “The Veranda has a special place in so many lives, and we want our guests to share their stories with us.”

July’s drawing winner is Edward Berla.

“My wife and I have attended many wine tasting dinners over the years,” he said. “But the wine dinner at the Veranda a few years ago was by far the best we ever attended. The food, as usual, was superb, and the wine pairings were so good we ordered several of the bottles.”

Veranda patrons may participate in the ongoing drawings by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page at or its Twitter page at

According to Peden, patrons may share as many stories as often as they’d like on the Veranda’s social media pages and do not have to reside in Southwest Florida.

“We are proud to be celebrating 36 years of operation,” he said. “We could not have survived more than three decades without continually providing an exceptional dining experience in an idyllic setting.”

The Veranda is housed in two, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes in the heart of downtown Fort Myers. 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. to 2 p.m. A mid-day menu is served Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 to 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 p.m. Valet or street parking is available.

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