Bananas Diner, which opened only a few months ago, has been so successful that the owners are already planning a second location. Details have not been finalized, but I’ve learned that the second Bananas will have something in common with the first: It, too, will be near the owners’ other restaurant brand, Funky Monkey.
The original Bananas -- top Banana? -- is on Mills Avenue two doors from Funky Monkey; the new Bananas will be near the Funky Monkey on International Drive. Co-owner Eddie Nickell says they are planning to take over a space that has been previously unoccupied, building the diner from scratch. “This one will be very modern with approximately 225 seats,” says Nickell, “full liquor lounge, outdoor patios and state of the art open kitchen.”
The new diner will also feature a full stage with modern lighting and state of the art sound system. Guests will be able to rate and leave comments for management right at the table electronically before they leave.
What about my comments on the first Bananas Diner? I will submit them - electronically -- in this space tomorrow.