Given its name, I assumed the restaurant was a tribute to Ernest Hemingway.
That seemed like a reasonable assumption since so many bars and restaurants claim some connection to one of the greatest authors in the American literary canon. Think Havana’s La Floridita, his eponymous bar at The Ritz in Paris, and Sloppy Joe’s in Key West.
But, as it turns out, the recently opened Hemingway’s Grille in the Florida city of Punta Gorda takes its name from another Hemingway—a considerably more obscure Hemingway. In this case, it’s John Hemingway, who captained a king crab boat that Massachusetts restaurateur Lars Vinjerud worked on in Alaska. Sadly, the waitress who served me a perfectly cooked filet mignon and a delightful South African Chenin blanc didn’t know the backstory. Instead, I had to do some sleuthing on the internet.