Since 2005, the comedy club has staged nationally and internationally known stand-up comedy acts at Capt. Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar on Marco Island. The operation moved for six months to a temporary location in Fort Myers while making ready its new 7,100-square-foot home.
Off the Hook reopened in North Naples in early June 2015 to full houses, according to owner Brien Spina (or "Capt. Brien," as he's known around the club).
National comedy acts take the stage at Off the Hook — Photo courtesy of Off the Hook Comedy Club
In 2001, Spina left a 10-year stint as owner and operator of one of Florida’s West Coast’s largest fishing fleets to open a restaurant in Marco Island. Off the Hook Comedy Club became part of the operation four years later.
The winning combination of a full belly and belly laughs continues at the new Off the Hook, even after the restaurant's name change to Row by Capt. Brien & Crew.
The restaurant features the New England-style seafood traditions Spina grew up on in Massachusetts. Row serves food to comedy club guests until close, which is midnight or later.
Raw oysters, lobster roll sliders, New England clam chowder, flatbreads, crab cakes, seafood platters, locally caught seafood, steaks and prime rib satisfy every appetite. Thankfully, the restaurant's open for both lunch and dinner.
“It’s similar to our Marco Island menu, but the setting is more contemporary and upscale,” says Spina of the club, which seats more than 250 in an open, table seating configuration.
The lounge at Off the Hook — Photo courtesy of Off the Hook Comedy Club
For bar flies, Row and Off the Hook brandish a full line of craft and IPA beers by the bottle, plus a wine list that Spina aspires to seeing on Wine Spectator’s top lists some day.
Their signature cocktails add a playful twist on Row's nautical theme, with specialties such as Row Mule made from American harvest vodka, ginger beer and lime; Rudder Rum Punch stirred with three types of rum; and Bowline Citrus Negroni, a blend of Bulldog gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, fresh orange and grapefruit and Prosecco.
The entertainment starts generally at 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday night, with 10 p.m. shows some Fridays and Saturdays and the occasional special weekday event. Main acts come from the three big comedy hubs: Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles.
Spina also uses local and regional talent for warm-up acts. He anticipates possibly adding live musical acts to the comedy repertoire in months to come.
You can find a complete schedule of entertainment, menu and tickets at Off the Hook's website.