New upscale lounge, The Loft at OT, ready to make its mark in south Cape Coral

An upscale lounge featuring a full liquor bar, a wide selection of craft cocktails, wines, craft beers, tapas and live entertainment, The Loft at OT has opened its doors, and the good vibes have begun.

Owners Mike and Kristina Amato started Overtime Pizzeria & Sports Pub five years ago and purchased the building that houses both businesses in 2018. With Overtime Pizzeria & Sports Pub well established, Mike and Kristina were ready for their next challenge, converting the space above Overtime into a unique nightlife venue.

Originally from Philadelphia and an area resident for the past eight years, Mike developed his artistry in his Sicilian family’s 45-year old establishment, Angelo’s Pizza & Ristorante. Since those days, Mike has opened and operated three successful eating establishments – Nemos – a pizza shop on the Jersey Shore with two locations, and Overtime Pizzeria & Sports Pub. Now his fourth restaurant, The Loft at OT, is up and running.

With The Loft, Mike and Kristina wanted to design something unique and luxurious for their Cape Coral friends. To help create the perfect adult environment, they had the booths custom made, used granite for the bar and tabletops, built the space using the finest materials, and designed it to have plenty of space for as many as 120 guests. Mike and Kristina’s goal was to make The Loft similar to lounges and nightlife venues you’d experience in New York or Chicaga.

“We want to be the local night place where everyone wants to go to have a good time and meet friends, as well as the place for special occasions,” explained Kristina Amato. “We’ve gone to great lengths to make the space inviting, comfortable, and exciting. We think it’s perfect.”

The Loft offers its guests fine wines, which can be purchased by the bottle or the glass, top-shelf liquors, and an incredible beer selection. Using only high-quality ingredients, The Loft offers a tapas menu which includes deviled eggs, fish dip, a hummus duo, smoked salmon, artisan paninis, a spring salad, and pepper shooters.

The Loft at OT is open Monday and Wednesday, as well as Friday and Saturday nights. Most evenings will offer live music, and a comedy show will be booked each month. The space is also available to rent for private parties of up to 100 people.

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