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Downtown Favorite Selva Opens Second Location

The new Selva is located near the University Town Center mall.

By Emma Moneuse May 20, 2021

The Latin American-inspired restaurant Selva has been one of downtown Sarasota's most raved-about eateries for more than a decade. Now, the restaurant has expanded, opening a second establishment near the University Town Center mall.

Located at 67 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota, customers can expect a similar vibe to that of the downtown location. The uptown, contemporary interior is warm and sensuous, featuring a canvassed wall of artwork by Douglas Higgins, whose Vincent van Gogh-inspired work can also be seen at the downtown location. Although similar, Selva's new location boasts a significantly larger bar, lounge and wine cellar.

The new location also has a wine locker program that allows customers to lease lockers for stocking wines purchased at a discounted price from Selva. After customers buy 12 bottles from the restaurant, they can bring their own bottles and stock the lockers themselves.

The restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit by Covid-19, and the pandemic delayed construction of Selva's new building, according to owner Jeremy Osment. "Something that could have taken a month ended up taking four months," says Osment.

The bar and grill are now officially open and ready for guests. After a successful soft opening on Monday, guests can enjoy Selva's famous ceviche and other Peruvian-influenced dishes every day starting at 4 p.m.

The new Selva is located at 67 N. Cattleman Road, Sarasota, and is open 4-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. For more info, call (941) 358-6272 or visit the restaurant's website.

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