The Jolly Cricket (Jane's Gastropub) has just opened on Fifth Avenue (where gorgeous Trilogy used to be). Menu looks good and it was filled with a lively crowd tonite. We didn't actually dine there, as we were enjoying the "Halloween Parade" from our sidewalk table at Vergina ($16.95 dinner special of choice of 2 salads, 3 entrees and lemon sorbet for dessert--waiter acted ignorant of special until I showed him our coupon). Cricket's menu looks reasonable and interesting with a some items with a British flair (www.thejollycricket.com). Jane already operates several restaurants in Naples.
If tonite was any indication, the "season" is getting underway. Full car carriers are unloading snowbirds' vehicles all over town. Fifth Avenue was as crowded and lively as ever, with bands playing, full restaurants and strollers of all ages enjoying the scene. Yes, there are still some vacant storefronts, but the overall atmosphere was definitely one of prosperity and festivity.