The new Rumrunners at Cape Harbour is now open. The original Rumrunners opened in November of 2003 and was owned by the same three partners until recently. As many have likely heard, the restaurant is now under new management. The landlord/property owner decided not to renew the previous owners lease and it expired in December of 2021. The property owner is now involved in the ownership and management of the restaurant.
There were rumors that the name of the restaurant would change along with the ownership change. These turned out to be false. The restaurant reopened in early January as Rumrunners with a new décor and an updated menu. Since then I have been asked by multiple clients and acquaintances how the “new” Rumrunners compares to the “old” Rumrunners. So to find out, I had lunch there recently on a sunny February afternoon. Below is my review of the “new” Rumrunners at Cape Harbour based on that experience.
My business partner Dustin and I met at Cape Harbour near midday during the week to have lunch and discuss a few new deals that we had in the works. We walked around the back and entered the building on the dock side of the restaurant. Given that it was pretty close to peak season, both Cape Harbour and the restaurant were very busy. While walking up we noticed some new seating options down by the water that we didn’t remember seeing before. Mainly three quartz style bar tops with chairs that sit pretty much right on the water. These would be premium seats for watching a sunset.
Upon walking inside up the back stairs we were greeted by a friendly hostess and shown directly to a nice table in the main dining room. After taking a short look at the new Rumrunners menu we noticed that sushi was now an option. We ordered the Harbour Sunset Roll as an appetizer and continued browsing the menu.
The sushi roll was very good, probably as good as any that I have had anywhere in Cape Coral. It was very fresh and well crafted.
While eating our appetizer and trying to decide what to order for the main course we looked around and tried to compare our previous visits to Rumrunners to this one. While the tables and chairs seemed to be new, the layout of the restaurant hadn’t changed. We also noticed that there may have been a few new decorations on the walls, but nothing that really stood out to make it feel any different than the Rumrunners we remembered.
When our attentive waiter arrived to take our order I asked him if he worked here before the management change and if he had noticed much of a difference. He replied that he was an employee prior to the change and that it has pretty much just been business as usual. Some new menu items and decor changes but not much else. He also mentioned that things were a bit hectic trying to get reopened with the least amount of down time during the busy winter season.
Our food arrived after allowing just enough time for some discussion about ongoing business. I had the seafood pot pie while Dustin had the Cuban sandwich. Both were very good and exceeded our expectations. Pictured below is the seafood pot pie. It was savory and chock full of seafood.
So for those wondering how the “new” Rumrunners compares to the “old” Rumrunners, I would say that it is just as good or better. The service was excellent and the food was top notch. Next time I will definitely be trying some of the other sushi rolls. This was the highlight of the meal and a nice addition to the menu in my opinion.
If you are ready to give the new Rumrunners at Cape Harbour a try, you can call 239-790-5786. I would definitely recommend a reservation for dinner during the winter season. They are open from 11:00-Close seven days a week. There is even live music on Sunday afternoons. For more information check out their website here. For information on other restaurants in Cape Harbour check out our restaurants page.