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Frenchy's makes move to the top of Capitol Theatre


Published:   |   Updated: October 11, 2013 at 06:26 AM

CLEARWATER – Michael “Frenchy” Preston, owner and namesake of a familiar restaurant chain in Clearwater Beach, increased his market share last week by donating $350,000 for naming rights to a rooftop terrace of the Capitol Theatre.
 
Frenchy's Terrace, which will be managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall's food service provider Ovations, will serve several of the chain's signature dishes. 
 
At a press conference at Water's Edge last week, Preston said, “I'm working with a legend now,” referring to Ruth Eckerd Hall Chief Executive 0fficer Zev Buffman.
 
The $350,000 gift to Ruth Eckerd Hall will go directly into Capitol's coffers, as will proceeds from food sales at Frenchy's Terrace, Buffman said. The city-owned theater is managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall.
 
Frenchy's Terrace is expected to open when the theater reopens in December.
 
The building located downtown on Cleveland Street is undergoing a $7.6 million renovation. In a plan to re-energize downtown, the city agreed last year to fund $7.1 million toward the project.
 
Preston has operated four restaurants on Clearwater Beach for more than three decades. He acquired a fifth location, the Island Outpost, in Dunedin last June.
 
For more information about the Frenchy's chain, go to frenchysonline.com.
 
jane@clearwatergazette.com

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