Big Blue Brewing in Cape Coral closing after four years

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard Writer: Drew Hill
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Saturday night is the last night Big Blue Brewing in Cape Coral will be open. They’ve been serving up fun for four years but due to COVID-19, they needed to take a break to focus on family.

But they decided to go out with a bang by having a celebration for their last night in business. People in Cape Coral are not ready to let go.

“We’re all in a rough time right now. We are. So we just have to get through and help each other,” said Deborah Watch of Cape Coral.

Watch made Big Blue her home away from home on Thursday nights. So now, she’s sitting outside, with her usual glass of pinot grigio and an orange slice, for the very last time.

“It’s a little bit surreal that this is happening and it could be one of many more but I wanted to pay my last night’s patronage to them,” Watch admitted.

General Manager Joseph Termini says he has to let his company go to cherish the time he has with his family.

“Losing my mom, my dad and my grandma this year, it took a huge hit on us and it’s time to take a seat back and focus on our personal lives,” Termini said.

The economic impact of the coronavirus didn’t help their business very much either.

“It’s really sad to see a fellow business owner in the same sort of world, knowing the fight, knowing exactly how it goes and how hard it is to keep people coming in. It really is a tough situation,” said Kyle Sebull, owner of Millennial Brewing Company.

Sebull came out to show his support Saturday evening along with many others.

Termini says his memories of what his building was just years before came flooding back.

“I remember ripping the ceiling tiles down here with my aunt and my uncle and my brother and talking about what we planned and what we dreamed of. And watching it come to life has been absolutely amazing these last couple of years. I cannot thank the community enough for their support,” Termini said.

He’s so proud of how far his business has come. From an old bingo hall to one of the hangout spots in Cape Coral.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished and I’m so proud of y’all,” said Termini through tears.

Termini adds that the closing of Big Blue Brewing doesn’t have to mean a permanent goodbye. The family may open another restaurant or bar. They also own Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery.

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