New hires

Restaurant Chain Names New Chief Legal Officer

First Watch recently hired Jay Wolszczak as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.

05/02/2018 By Staff

Tourism

New Dual-Concept Hotel Opens in June

The hotel's owner also plans to build an adjacent Comfort Inn & Suites with 110 suites and rooms.

04/30/2018 By Staff

Data

Florida Tourism Hit New Highs in 2017

More than 116 million out-of-state visitors traveled to Florida last year, a new record high.

04/03/2018 By Staff

Tourism

New Hotel Opens

Britain's InterContinental Hotels Group recently opened a new hotel in Lakewood Ranch: EVEN Hotel Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch.

03/15/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

Ribbon Cutting for New Pinecraft Hotel Is April 13

Dutchman Hospitality is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Carlisle Inn, its new hotel in the Amish Pinecraft community.

03/09/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Report Puts Sand Sculpture Festival's Economic Impact at $9 Million

Total attendance at last year's Siesta Key Crystal Classic added up to 60,100, with 67 percent coming from outside the area.

03/01/2018 By Staff

Public relations

Universal Orlando Communications Director to Speak in Sarasota

Alyson Lundell will share the strategy created to launch Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, as well as the positives and negatives of the process.

01/30/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

Turnover in the Restaurant Industry Remains High

The turnover rate for employees in the restaurant industry exceeded 70 percent for the second straight year, according to a new report from Upserve.

01/26/2018 By Staff

Beer

New Bradenton Brewery Opens

Good Liquid Brewing Company features 30 taps, with 20 in-house beers, six Italian wines and four ciders.

12/15/2017 By staff

Food

First Watch to Open Eighth Local Restaurant

The University Park-based breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain will open its newest Sarasota restaurant on Monday, Dec. 11.

12/06/2017 By staff

Deals

City Golf Club Picks Nebraska Company to Manage Restaurant

Sarasota's Bobby Jones Golf Club recently selected Landscapes Management Company to relaunch the Bobby Jones Grille.

12/05/2017 By staff

Retail

Bradenton Brewery Expanding

Motorworks Brewing last week added a slew of new equipment and is adding more in the weeks to come, with plans to double its production capacity.

09/26/2017 By staff

Food

Restaurant Chain Closes Original Location, Opens New Eatery Nearby

Gecko’s Hospitality Group recently closed its original Gecko’s Grill & Pub location at The Landings and opened a new location down the road.

09/25/2017 By staff

Hospitality

Sarasota Restaurant Reopens After Remodel

Sarasota's TooJay’s now has a counter area with nine seats, as well as more contemporary details throughout.

09/21/2017 By staff

Construction

Company Breaking Ground on New Mall Restaurant

Sarasota's Firmo Construction is breaking ground on the new Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar restaurant in the Westfield Siesta Key mall.

08/31/2017 By staff

Food

Restaurant Meal Delivery Company Expands Into Sarasota, Bradenton

The Minneapolis-based restaurant delivery service Bite Squad is expanding its service area to Sarasota and Bradenton.

08/30/2017 By staff

Tourism

Visit Sarasota County Hires New Visitor Experience Manager

Erin Hurter will oversee visitor services programming and volunteers.

08/03/2017 By staff

Hospitality

Colony Property to Become St. Regis Resort

Longboat Key's shuttered Colony resort will become a St. Regis resort, according to the owner and developer of the property.

08/02/2017 By staff

New Hotel

A Sneak Preview of the Brand-New Westin Sarasota

The Westin Sarasota opens Friday.

07/25/2017 Edited by Susan Burns

Tourism

New Sarasota Hotel Opens Friday

Sarasota's first Westin hotel is set to open on Friday, July 28, with reservations for stays beginning Monday, July 31.

07/21/2017 By staff