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

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

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

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

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

Slice of life

10 Bucks or Less: Origin Craft Beer + Pizza Café

Man, Sarasota sure loves it some pizza.

12/14/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

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

Education

Culinary Program Ranked Among Country's Best

Keiser University’s Center for Culinary Arts, located at Keiser's Sarasota, Melbourne and Tallahassee campuses, was recently ranked 18th in a listing of the 50 best culinary schools in the United States by Best Choice Schools.

09/09/2016 Research by staff

Food

Restaurant Group Names New Board President

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a nonprofit with more than 50 member restaurants, recently elected Sonia Velasco as the group's new board president.

09/02/2016 Research by staff

Restaurants

Burger Chain Coming to University Parkway

The restaurant chain Smashburger announced Wednesday that it will open its first Sarasota location on Wednesday, June 22.

06/08/2016 Research by staff

Reboots

Gecko’s Group Opens Revamped Venice Restaurant

After a three-week hiatus, Gecko’s Hospitality Group recently reopened Venice's Marker 4 Restaurant as Dockside Waterfront Grill at Marker 4.

05/25/2016 Research by staff

Tourism

Seafood Shack Makes New Hires

Cortez's Seafood Shack recently appointed Eddy Shorter as assistant dockmaster and Dawn Ferguson as assistant food and beverage manager.

05/13/2016 Research by staff

Food & Drink

Local Domino's Owner to Compete for Fastest Pizza Maker Title

Rene DeGuia has been with Domino’s for 27 years and won the World’s Fastest Pizza Maker competition in 2000 and 2005.

05/12/2016 Research by staff

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week

From authentic Philly cheesesteak to a cream-stuffed French pastry, here are the 5 best things we ate this week.

02/25/2016 By Eat Beat Team

Table Matters

Is Local Restaurant Service on the Decline?

Chef Judi wonders if we all need to adjust to a new standard of hospitality when dining out.

02/16/2016 By Judi Gallagher

Rise & Dine

Your Guide to Sarasota’s Best Breakfast Spots

It’s easy to make a passable breakfast. It’s difficult to make an outstanding one.

01/25/2016 By Staff