The Sarasota Art Museum will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 1, and, when it does, its new restaurant will be open, as well. Dubbed simply Bistro, the new eatery is part of the Constellation Culinary Group, which operates restaurants in museums in Miami and West Palm Beach and in other attractions around the country.
Bistro's food will combine seasonal Florida ingredients and traditional French preparations. The menu will include soups, tartines, salads, sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese platters, breads and pastries. An espresso bar will offer a variety of coffee options. Bistro will offer both indoor dining, or outdoor service in the museum plaza. You will not need to purchase a ticket to the museum to eat there.
Executive chef Kaytlin Dangaran, a Tampa native, has trained at The French Culinary Institute and worked in restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Miami. "Bistro provides a space with soul-nourishing cuisine and thought-provoking art that is accessible to everyone," Dangaran said, according to a press release.
Menu items that will appear include a watercress and Florida citrus salad, an heirloom tomato salad with quinoa and a lemon basil pesto, a niçoise salad, a grilled cheese with tomato jam, roasted chicken salad with pickled peppers and a garlic aioli, and more. Tartines will be made with baguettes from C'est La Vie! and flavored with things like house-made ricotta, jam and local honey; a roasted mushroom spread; avocado, preserved lemon and radishes; and house-cured salmon.
Bistro will be located in the Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. For more info, visit the museum's website.