Hilton Naples Owner Executes Agreement to Retain Award-Winning Restaurant

Clark Hill

general manager, Hilton Naples


Naples, Fla., December 20, 2017 – Cooper Hotels, owner/operator of Hilton Naples, today announced that a long-term agreement has been reached with Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP that will keep Shula’s Steak House in Cooper Hotels’ Hilton Naples.

“Here at Shula’s, each night’s dinner begins with a Coach’s huddle of our entire team to plan how we will be caring for our guests, but today’s gathering was no ordinary huddle,” said Tom Donahue, the long term general manager of Shula’s Steak House Naples. “It included the ceremonial signing of a commitment between the Shula’s family, represented by Mary Anne Shula, CEO, Shula’s Steak Houses, LLP, and the Cooper Hotels family, represented by Pace Cooper, president and CEO, to continue our almost 18-year relationship in the Hilton Naples.”

In February 2000 the four-diamond rated Hilton Naples opened and introduced the area’s only Shula’s Steak House to Southwest Florida. The Hilton Naples culinary team, which includes some of the best chefs in the Cooper Hotels system, operates the steak house. The team meets and exceeds the demanding food and service specifications created and mandated by Shula’s corporate offices.

“The Shula’s family and organization are very proud to be continuing as part of the world-class Hilton Naples and its amazing food and beverage operations,” said Mary Anne Shula, CEO, Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP, and wife of legendary Don Shula. “Shula’s Steak House in the Hilton Naples is one of the premier restaurants in our successful chain of high end establishments across America.”

Cooper Hotels President and CEO Pace Cooper added, “Don and Mary Anne Shula are some of the most exceptional role models and partners I’ve ever worked with in business, and our pride at presenting one of the best Shula’s Steak Houses in America gives us enormous joy in operating one of the most popular restaurants in Naples and all of Southwest Florida.”

Shula’s Steak House in the Hilton Naples is a perennial winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The restaurant has also received numerous regional and local awards annually including Best Steak House in Southwest Florida by the readers of the Naples Daily News, Best Steak House by readers of Florida Weekly, Best of Gulfshore Life Magazine, Best of Business by Gulfshore Business Magazine, Open Table Diners Choice Award and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Shula’s is located inside the Hilton Naples at 5111 Tamiami Trail North. It is open for lunch and dinner nightly. Private dining rooms are also available. For reservations, call 230-430-4999 or visit


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