BRADENTON, Fla. – Doug VanDerNoord and Peter VanDerNoord are excited to announce the grand opening of their second restaurant in Manatee County – Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria. The new restaurant is located in the Benderson-owned Shoppes at Paradise Bay at 7110 Cortez Rd. W., in Bradenton, FL. The official opening was on Friday, Feb 27, 2015.
The VanDerNoord brothers are also the proprietors of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverhouse Banquets & Weddings and Regatta Pointe Marina – all located on the Palmetto side of the Manatee River.
Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria will fill the void created when regional chain Stonewood Grill & Tavern vacated the 5,760-square foot location in June of last year. Fratello’s (named for the Italian translation for “Brother”), will be the largest non-franchise, locally-owned business in a plaza that prominently hosts national chains such as Bonefish Grill, Winn Dixie, First Watch and Marshall’s.
“Anybody who lives in the Bradenton area has a vested interest in our community,” said Peter VanDerNoord. “We work here, play here, spend our money here, we send our kids to school here. With locally owned businesses, not only do we understand our community and know its needs / market opportunities, but any profits from local businesses stay in our community.”
The VanDerNoord’s have a long history of successfully mixing business and family. Fratello’s represents the continuation of that family tradition.
“Our family has been in business for generations,” said Peter VanDerNoord. “The businesses change, but the family environment does not. We’re used to working as a family, and have the philosophy to work with and treat our employees as family. This isn’t always perfect and working with family is often tough! But our goal is to encourage one another, and see that all of our family members achieve their goals.”
The new restaurant offers a full Italian menu, in addition to the Chicago-style deep and thin crust pizza’s the Windy City is famous for perfecting.
Fratello’s hours of operation are 11:30am to 9pm Sun-Thurs and 11:30am to 10pm Fri & Sat. The website is: www.FratellosBradenton.com. The restaurant phone number is: 941-794-0300.