Lombardi’s Seafood, the popular fishmonger, has long had a cafe component to go along with its retail market. Even in its former location, near the convergence of U.S. Highway 17-92, Harmon Avenue and Orange Avenue, there was a corner where one could grab a cup of chowder or seafood sandwich.
And when the market moved to Fairbanks Avenue in 2015, the new building had a more dedicated cafe space with seating inside and out. And owner Michael Lombardi had ambitious plans for the cafe, even at one time, just last year, hiring two well-known chefs, Austin Boyd and veteran sushi maker Yoshi Pintar.
But Lombardi’s Cafe never reached its full potential. In my most recent review, in August, I noted operational missteps that seemed rooted beyond the staffing issues currently plaguing so many restaurants.