Well, things have really changed -- lots of new staff, for one -- and we'll just have to see how it goes. They have a brand new menu (still under development and subject to change again, they say), and several more of the old favorites have disappeared (including my beloved eggplant sandwich, my husband's fave seafood platter, etc.).
Apparently owner Gavin Regan was having some serious difficulties, and has turned over management to Shawn (sp?) Andrews. I found this very frank post from Gavin on Aegean's Facebook page, dated April 11 (highlight by me); it would seem perhaps they were actually closed longer than the planned two weeks:
We will be closed for two weeks. Our food quality has suffered due to turnover in our kitchen. We need to restructure our menu as well as those staffing issues so we can provide the quality you and I have both become a custom to at Aegean. My sobriety, mental and physical health which I have always been open about have not been where they must be as well to be the father, husband or human being I need to be to run a successful establishment. More importantly it is effecting my ability to be the father, brother, husband, friend and human being I am called by God to be. If I'm being honest that's really it. I'm sorry we are affecting your plans with your loved ones and we plan on opening back up a week from Tuesday April 22nd. I really am very honored that any of you would chose us to share your special moments with family and friends. You have a lot of options and I don't take that for granted. We will do our best to make sure your time with us is the very best. Go tell someone you love them and go e your kids a hug. See you real soon. Thanks Gavin
There are over 80 FB comments from well-wishing customers. I, too, hope things go well for him and for Aegean.
Aside from the new menu, they also have new, extended hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM, and now open for brunch on Sunday from 9 AM-3 PM. Still closed Mondays.
Saturday's dinner (grilled redfish for me, grilled shrimp & scallops for hubby) was pretty good, though it took about 25 minutes to get our food. They seemed to have a reasonably good crowd, though still not like the old days when there would be people lined up in the little lobby waiting to get in.
I think we'll go back again soon, see how they're doing. Always a good place to go in warm weather when the beach places are hopelessly backed up.
Fingers crossed for Aegean! Heaven knows we can't stand to lose the last decent restaurant in Gulf Breeze.