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Updated: 12/04/2013 08:00:06AM

River City —10 years later

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY JENNIFER LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY
River City Grill owner Doug Amaral is all about family — both in his personal life and his business. Here, Amaral stands with his parents, John and Lorraine Manuel, in downtown Punta Gorda, where he started his popular restaurant a decade ago.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
River City Grill in downtown Punta Gorda has weathered many storms, including Hurricane Charley, a global housing bust and the Great Recession. Through it all, the popular eatery has remained true to its vision of providing excellent service, scrumptious meals and high-end wine selections. The restaurant will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday with a special menu and a fundraiser to benefit the Punta Gorda Police Department's Do the Right Thing program.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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PUNTA GORDA — Long before the downtown area was buzzing with eateries, hotels and music venues, one restaurant was leading the pack.

River City Grill in the heart of the city’s downtown jumped onto the scene back when the area was a lot less social and a whole lot sleepier.

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