Giving

Sarasota Restaurant Chain Wins National 'Neighbor Award'

Gecko's Grill & Pub, which has eight locations around Sarasota and Manatee counties, was recently honored for its philanthropy.

03/31/2017 By staff

Tourism

Whiskey Obsession Festival Begins Wednesday

The event is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S.

03/28/2017 By staff

Honors

Sarasota Restaurant Picks Up 28th Straight Award From AAA

Sarasota's Michael’s on East was recently awarded its 28th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA.

03/13/2017 By staff

Technology

New Grocery Delivery Company Launches

The company Instacart will begin offering delivery services in Sarasota through stores such as ABC, Publix, Whole Foods Market, Costco and Petco.

02/28/2017 By staff

Food

New Honey Shop, Bee Education Center Opens

The Sarasota Honey Company recently opened the Honey Bee Education Center, Nursery, and Honey Shoppe in Sarasota.

02/28/2017 By staff

Deals

Old Packinghouse Cafe Property Changes Hands

J.R. Garraus' Garraus-Nicolay, Inc. this week purchased the property that houses J.R.'s Old Packinghouse Cafe for $385,000.

02/17/2017 By staff

Food

New Sports Bar and Restaurant Looking to Hire 100-Plus

Duffy’s Sports Grill, a sports-themed restaurant and bar, is currently hiring more than 100 local residents to staff its first Sarasota location.

02/15/2017 By staff

Tourism

Whiskey Festival Now America's Largest

Sarasota's fifth annual Whiskey Obsession festival, scheduled to take place March 29-April 1, will make the event the "largest world whiskey festival" in the United States.

02/14/2017 By staff

Deals

New Leases Bring Bee Ridge Plaza to Full Occupancy

Joshua Tackett of Hembree & Associates recently listed and leased three separate units totaling 4,000 square feet of retail space at Bee Ridge Plaza.

02/06/2017 By staff

New hires

Restaurant Chain Adds Three to Leadership Team

The University Park-based restaurant chain First Watch recently added two new names to its executive team, as well as a vice president to its culinary team.

01/31/2017 By staff

Technology

Sarasota Magazine Launches New Restaurant App

Our sister publication Sarasota Magazine on Monday announced the release of Gastronaut, a new mobile app created to guide users through the region’s ever-expanding restaurant scene.

01/30/2017 By staff

Deals

Partners Purchase Osprey Space for New Italian Restaurant

Giovanni Migliorini, Carlo Piras and Maurice Connaughton recently purchased a unit at the entry of the Bay Street Town Center, 3976 Destination Drive, Osprey, for $310,000.

01/20/2017 By staff

Education

Chef Partners with Culinary Program for Global Food Demos

The London-born chef James Arnsby recently launched a new program in which he offers international cooking demonstrations at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's Culinary Innovation Lab.

01/20/2017 By staff

Food

Restaurant Chain Announces 2016 Growth Figures

The University Park-based breakfast and lunch company First Watch this week announced that it grew traffic and sales in 2016.

01/17/2017 By staff

Deals

Tommy Bahama Property Sold for $6.8 Million

A Massachusetts trust recently purchased the property that houses St. Armands Circle's Tommy Bahama from Sarasota's W. Howard Rooks for $6.8 million.

12/13/2016 By staff

Food

First Watch Expands

The Bradenton-based breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant First Watch officially opened its newest Bradenton restaurant on Monday.

11/28/2016 By staff

Food

Sarasota County Commission Loosens Food Truck Regulations

The new rules will allow truck owners to obtain a temporary use permit that would allow them to operate on multiple properties with the property owner's consent.

11/09/2016 By staff

Food

Mote Scientist to Receive White House Honor

On Friday, Oct. 7, the White House will recognize Kevan Main, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, as one of 12 “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.”

10/06/2016 Research by staff

Food

Food Delivery Service Expands and Relocates

After outgrowing its previous space, White Picket Produce, Sharyn Vross' organic produce home delivery service, recently relocated to a 1,500-square-foot warehouse in the Northgate area.

10/04/2016 Research by staff

Retail

Gourmet Popcorn Shop to Open Second Location

Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn recently leased 1,385 square feet of retail space at 27 N. Boulevard of the Presidents on St. Armands Circle.

09/29/2016 Research by staff