A Little Taste of Turkey

and More in Naples

While Turkey is known for spanning two continents, our little part of the world is lucky enough to have two of the country’s young entrepreneurs recently join the Fifth Avenue South Family.

Mehmet Beller and Nazmi Even opened Café Marquise at 520 Park Street in July of this year and have been enjoying a magic carpet ride of kudos ever since. No wonder. While you’ll find some Turkish delights, like Turkish coffee, Baklava and Kadaif (noodles covered in butter, pistachio, and lemon sugar syrup), at Café Marquise, which means diamond or wife, the menu literally spans the globe when it comes to delectable specialties.

From mouth-watering creative crepes with fillings like peanut butter and banana, to traditional New Orleans Beignets to scrumptious bagel sandwiches, described by Mehmet as a “bagel (sandwich) served like a burger,” Café Marquise has already become a prominent breakfast, lunch and dessert destination for locals and tourists looking for something exotic. The menu also includes a variety of smoothies, frappes, lattes, and paninis. The café also does catering.

Mehmet and his girlfriend Setenay, now wife, came to the U.S. four years ago and like everyone else got stuck in the black hole of COVID-19. They stayed and Mehmet applied for a business visa, after visiting a friend of his father’s in Fort Myers. So, following in the footsteps of his dad, who owned several cafés and tea places in Turkey, Mehmet, along with his cousin Nazmi, opened Café Flore in Fort Myers. Within no time, the café shot to the top of the charts and was named one of the top 100 restaurants in Florida in 2022 and 2023 by Yelp. Ranked at #23, Café Flore is the only Florida restaurant to be named to the list two years in a row. The distinction is based on the platform’s user reviews, with the vast majority ranking Café Flore at five stars.

Café Flore has been so popular that the Fort Myers Press did a feature on the café and NBC2 a live newscast.

With Mehmet growing up in the restaurant business in Turkey and Nazmi, having already lived in the U.S. for six years, the two cousins were well-equipped to open a start-up. In fact, Cousin Nazmi had just moved to Naples and was working as a server when Mehmet reached out to him and said, “Why should we be working for other people, let’s open our own business. It’s America.” Another cousin Burak Bulgan, co-owner of Stone and Mosaic Gardens, another successful Fifth Avenue South business, is also a partner in Café Marquise.

An engineer by training, Mehmet worked in an electronics factory in Turkey. It was there he met Setenay, who is a chemical engineer. The couple recently announced the arrival of their first child, a son named Atlas. As for Nazmi, he was quick to note that he is still single but looking!

With Mehmet at 31 years old and Nazmi at only 29, both young men say they are grateful to be in the United States. “There is just more freedom here, not just economical, but how you want to live, practice religion, or be entrepreneurial and live out your dream,” says Nazmi. Mehmet echoed the same, “If you want to start a business, there is no politics and no one to stop you. It is great to be here.”

As for the future, the Turkish cousins say they want to focus on a brand of their own after assuring the success of their most recent start-up in Naples. “We want to create a café group of small Mediterranean coffee shops,” said Mehmet with a proud smile.

I think they are well on their way to reaching their dream, and with the creative thinking, quality products, and hard work they’ve already displayed, as well as the recognition they’ve already received, I see, with my limited fortune-telling skills, a nationally-recognized brand in their "Kahve Falı” or Turkish coffee grounds.

To get a real flavor of Café Marquise, visit their website at https://www.cafemarquise.co/ and check out the menu. You can almost smell the coffee and taste the chocolate baklava.


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Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Join us here on Fifth Avenue South for these upcoming events.

Pull up a seat and enjoy The Dining Room at The Naples Players

October 4 to 22

The Naples Players The play is set in a timeless dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action consists of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of relatable families through the years. The Dining Room will be performed offsite at Naples United Church of Christ in McSpadden Hall while The Naples Players’ historic 5th Ave S building undergoes a $20 million renovation.

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26 Miles
by Quiara Alegria Hudes

October 12 to November 5

Gulfshore Playhouse 26 Miles is the story of a broken family rediscovering understanding, redemption, and love. Directed by Laura Moreno

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Evening on Fifth

October 12 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more.

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Naples Concert Band Concert

October 15 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fiesta del Paraíso (Latin) with guest artists Maritza Cedeño, vocalist, and FloDivinas Dancers.

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Fifth Avenue South Halloween Spooktacular

October 28 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On the Saturday before Halloween, located in Cambier Park, fun events for families and children, including live music, street dancing, costume contest, games, and more.

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Evening on Fifth (special)

October 28 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

An array of live musical performances up and down the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue South, plus dining, shopping, and more.

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Blue Zones Project Ribbon Cutting and Block Party!

October 12 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Learn more about healthy choices on Fifth Avenue South. Complimentary appetizers, beverage tastes, samples of services, Blue Zones Project tees, and live music.

Bluemercury | Urban Medication | Grace & Shelly's Cupcakes | Coldwell Banker - Realty | Pack & Post | Paint Nail Bar

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Fifth Avenue South Business' Updates

East West Fine Art

Welcome to our NEW downtown gallery located at 472 Fifth Avenue South between Del Mar and Osteria Tulia.

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Call of Africa's Native Visions Galleries

Contemporary Glass Art by Peter Kuchler III
Peter Kuchler III forms an artistic medium of liquid glass and represents contemporary art in the sculptural field. He was born in Wiener Neustadt in Austria in 1991. As an emerging artist he grew up in a glass dynasty and represents the third generation of glass artists.

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Journeys 360 Travel

Travel Tauck Offer
Book a 2023 or 2024 Tauck River Cruise and get a complimentary pre- or post-night*. Tauck’s all-inclusive European river cruises offer ample opportunities for meaningful connections with like-minded guests aboard our intimately sized ships. And no single supplement in Category 1 on river cruises makes them the perfect choice for solo travelers, too. Terms and Conditions: *Certain restrictions apply. Please call us for more details at 239-829-8299.

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In The News

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Naples Concert Band Announces 2023 – 2024 Schedule And Music Director

Steeped in over 50 years of history, the Naples Concert Band (NCB), with nearly 100 musicians, has been providing fine music to concert enthusiasts, young and old. With the recent retirement of conductor, Maestro Lanzel and culminating a yearlong search for a new conductor,...

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The Naples Players Is Offering New Training Opportunities For Middle School Students

Following a 300% increase in students since 2018, The Naples Players (TNP) is pleased to announce more educational opportunities this year, beginning with their all-new “Middle School Saturdays.” Featuring three classes, Middle School Saturdays are geared towards students ages 11 - 14 with an interest...

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