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(Sept. 1, 2010): The Table will be opening in two weeks on Phillippi Island in the former fish wholesale building near Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar. Pedro will be back in the kitchen and Rafael in the front of the house, along with many of the former staff from Hillview St. If they stick to the food they had at Hillview St. which made them popular, they will be successful.

(Sept. 1, 2010): 1603 N Tamiami Trl. A location that has housed a number of Italian restaurants and even a hookah lounge, (Aristo) is scheduled to open Oct. 1 as El Pescador.

(Sept. 1, 2010): Rumor has it the Irish Rover is planning on opening in downtown Sarasota. Their Gulf Gate location has closed.

(Sept. 1, 2010): Solarzano's Italian will be open shortly in Gulf Gate across the street from the former Brocollini Italian restaurant.

(Sept. 1, 2010): UPDATE: Shaner's has taken over the former Horse Feathers location in downtown Sarasota. Shaner's has closed the location at Clark & Beneva.

(Aug. 19, 2011) Zante Gyros opened yesterday in Gulf Gate.

The big move is on after 1/4 century at their old location. Patrick's is opening the first weekend in May at 1481 Main St. in downtown Sarasota. Just the opposite end of the block from their previous home of 25 years and 4 months.

The great burgers will be back and look closely at the decor which will be a tribute to various Sarasota arts events and organizations. Being next door to Mattison's City Grille and across the street from The Gator Club should add more excitement to the already busy Lemon and Main area.

Under construction in the old Pattelini's Pizza location is the 5 Pointes Deli. If the sign's promise holds true, it will be nice to see a deli open up at that end of Main St. It's just next to the old Patrick's location. Part of the construction includes adding seating and an entrance in the small lobby adjacent to the restaurant as well as moving the front door back about 10 feet to allow room for outdoor dining.

With the opening of a new Patrick's comes the closing of the nearby Olive Tree Cafe & Bar 1454 Main St.. It started with a lot of promise, but rumors of staff problems and inconsistent food led to another untimely restaurant closing.

Executive chef Ryan Boeve and pastry chef Arthur Lopes, both formerly of Zoria, are back at the new Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar at Citrus Square in Downtown Sarasota. The restaurant promises to use local ingredients from nearby farms and fishermen for their menu. The restaurant wine list features wines from California, Oregon, France, Italy and Spain.

The Table, formerly in Southside Village on Hillview Street, will be returning to the Sarasota food scene. They will be located on Phillippi Island on South Tamiami Trail. Good luck to Rafael and Pedro. We'll keep you updated on their opening plans.

Congratulations to Tommy Kouvatsos (Village Cafe) and George Nikias (Millie's) on the opening of their new restaurant Legacy Sarasota Grille. A soft opening was held Sunday Nov, 8, 2010. Several hundreds guests attended and enjoyed food from the new restaurant's menu. While there are some items that will be familiar to patrons of Big Al's (that previously occupied the same location) there are a number of new items. Despite the crowd at Sunday's opening, food seemed to be coming out of the kitchen at a good pace. The operator's previous experience in restaurant management was obvious. Good luck in your new venture.

Is Gulf Gate Sarasota's Little Italy?
With the opening of Dolce Italia in Gulf Gate the total number of Italian restaurants and pizza restaurants on Gulf Gate Drive, Gateway and Superior Avenues now numbers 8. In addition to this new business, the other Italian offerings in the couple of blocks between US 41 and Stickney Point are:
 • Broccolini Restaurant
 • Il Panificio Gulf Gate
 • Oh Mamma Mia
 • Piccolo Italian Market and Deli
 • Pontillo's Pizzeria
 • Rico's Pizzeria
 • Sal's Pizzeria & Pasta House
So when you have a craving for some prosciutto, pizza, pasta or cannoli, just head over to Gulf Gate.

Where are people spending their money? According to an American Express study of cardholder spending, the wealthy are spending more in fast food restaurants today. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the "ultra-affluent" are spending 24% more at fast food restaurants than a year ago while other consumers are only spending 8% more on fast food. According to American Express: "...ultra-affluent consumers nationwide increased spending in quick service restaurants by 24%, compared to a 12% increase for this group in fine dining spending. When compared to smaller spending increases in other categories, it is interesting for the food and beverage industry to note that less expensive restaurants have caught the attention of this particular consumer group."

Bob's Boathouse returning? Rumor has it that the folks behind Bob's Boathouse, formerly at the end of Old Stickney Point Road on Siesta Key, are involved in the plans for a new restaurant to be built on the site of the former Carl Black GMC dealership on Phillippi Creek. Stay tuned for more details!

According to published reports, Libby's Cafe & Bar in Southside Village has filed a lawsuit against a Lakewood Ranch based magazine due to a rumor they published recently claiming that Libby's was planning on closing. According to Libby's owner, that is not true. has visited Libby's many times and judging by the crowds one wonders how the rumor could have started in the first place.

Fast Food Restaurants Dish Up Unhealthy Marketing to Youth; Researchers Release Unprecedented Report on Fast Food Nutrition and Marketing
According to a study from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, the fast food industry spent more than $4.2 billion on marketing and advertising in 2009, focusing extensively on television, the Internet, social media sites and mobile applications. According to the study, preschoolers see 21% more fast food ads on TV than they saw in 2003, and somewhat older children see 34% more.

The Olive Tree Cafe & Bar opened on Main St. in downtown Sarasota. Owner Tony Tannus says it will be a Mediterranean cuisine offering Lebanese and Israeli foods featuring hummus, baba ganoush, etc. Tony says they'll even have mama ganoush!

More and more cities and towns have banned smoking. Now Boston joins the trend as smoking is banned at all indoor workplaces citywide, including some 700 bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Watertown, Saugus and Framingham have also gone smoke-free, joining a growing number of cities around the country. New York City is enforcing its ban. In Massachusetts, 77 communities have adopted total public smoking bans, and many others have partial bans. While public health officials, many nonsmokers and smokers alike say they'll appreciate the fresher air in Boston now, business owners and patrons are concerned about loss of business and ambiance, and what they feel is an infringement on their rights.
Tax receipts in Florida showed that business at restaurants actually increased after Florida's indoor workplace smoking ban went into effect several years ago.


Openings & Closings

Screaming Goat Taqueria (Gulf Gate)
Pazzo Southside (Southside Village)
Scrambles (Closed - Osprey, FL)
Summer House (Siesta Key - Opening Soon)
Yo! Sushi (Closed - UTC Mall)
Bistrot Julian (Formerly Le Bordeaux - Main St. Sarasota)
The Public House Tamp and Grill (Lockwood Ridge & University)
Prohibition 1454 (Formerly Z's R&B Downtown)
Franky's Place Family Restaurant (N. Beneva)
Pinchers (Venice Bypass)
Robbie's Reef (Name Change - Pinchers)
Tokaj (Gulf Gate)
1812 Osprey (Southside Village)
Salsas & Boogaloo Restaurant & Lounge (Downtown)
Jamaican Affair (Gulf Gate - Closed
Tacos - To Go (Bee Ridge & Swift)
Mojo's Paladar Real Cuban (Venice Bypass)
Napule Restaurant (S. Trail)
Sarasota Vineyard (Downtown Sarasota - Closed
Empacurious (Gulf Gate)
Element - PB&T (Opening Soon - Downtown)
White Horse Pub (Lockwood Ridge - Closed
Napolis Italian Restaurant (Siesta Key - Closed
Kobe (Bee Ridge - Southgate)
Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar (Southgate)
Square 1 Burgers & Bar (University - Closed
Amore Restaurant (Burns Court)
Wicked Cantina (N. Trail - Downtown Opens 11/8)
Solorzano's Italian Restaurant (Gulf Gate - Closed)
Rendez-Vous French Bakery (Siesta Drive)
124 Breakfast Lunch & More (Downtown Venice)
3 Little Pigs (Venice - Closed
ABO Sarasota (Downtown)
Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Sarasota (Opening Soon - St. Armands)
Lazy Parrot (Opening Soon)
Acropolis Greek Taverna (Opening Soon - Shops at UTC Mall)
Amy Star Izakaya Siesta Key (Siesta Village)
Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse (Fruitville & Cattlemen)
Zoes Kitchen (University & Honore)
Connors Steak & Seafood (Westfield Mall Southgate)
Gecko's Stickney Point (South Trail)
Gecko's at the Landings (South Trail - Closed)
Painter's Palete (North Trail - Closed)
Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen (Westfield Mall Southgate)
Station 400 (The Landings)
Bavaro's Pizza (Opening Soon Downtown)
Evoq - The Westin Sarasota (Downtown)
it. Italian Tradition (Rosemary District - Formerly Pomona Bistro)
Darwin Evolutionary Cuisine (South Trail)
Short Stop Market (Closed - Orange - Downtown)
Metro Diner (Southgate)
Giorgio's on Hillview (Southside Vallage - Opening Soon)
Tavern on Main (Downtown - Pizza)
Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar (Closed - Rosemary District)
The Lazy Fork (Closed - Clark Rd.)
Ringling Pizza Too (Closed - Gulf Gate)
Square 1 Burgers & Bar (Closed - Stickney Point)
Daiquiri Deck South (Stickney Point Siesta Key)
Stonewood Grill & Tavern (Closed - Stickney Point)
Prague (Main St.)
Fandango (Closed - Southside Village)
El Toro Bravo (Moved - Clark Road)
Max's Table (Osprey, FL)
Brick's Smoked Meats (Downtown)
Pollo Tropical (Fruitville & Honore)
Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Palmer Ranch)
Sweet Mom (Main St. Sarasota)
Korean SSAM Bar (North Washington Blvd. Formerly Curry Station)
Duffy's Sports Grill (University Park)
Downunder Bar & Seafood House (Closed - Osprey)
The Coral House (Closed - Sarasota Square South)
Tom + Chee (Closed - University Park)
Taverna Grill (Southside Village)
Bodhi Tree Cafe (Towles Court)
Fresh Catch Fish Market & Grill (Gulf Gate South Trail)
Plated Modern Kitchen (Cooper Creek UTC)
Irish 31 Pub & Eatery (Opening Soon - Southgate)
Bella Cafe Amalfi (Broadway Promenade)
Gianni's Pizza (Venice - Closed)
Keke's Breakfast Cafe (Beneva Village Shops)
Servandos (4th St. Downtown - Closed)
Spacco Italian Grill (University & Lockwood Ridge)
California Pizza Kitchen (UTC Mall)
Chipotle Mexican Grill (Fruitville & Honore)
Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Fruitville & Honore)
Boardwalk Eats & Sweets (Siesta Key - Closed)
Sol's NYC Deli (Closed - Moving)
The Cask & Ale (Downtown Sarasota)
Kasa Sushi (Indian Beach North Trail)
Queen of Sheba (Closed - North Trail)
Chefs2U (Gulf Gate)
Denny's (Sarasota) (Reopened - Bee Ridge)
India Palace (Closed - Downtown)
Ker's WingHouse (Closed - Downtown)
Corner Grille (Closed - Clark & Beneva)
First Watch (Lockwood Ridge - Bradenton)
Prime Serious Steak (Sarasota Square)
Origin Craft Beer & Pizza (Southside Village)
Filippo's Pizzeria (Closed - Lockwood Ridge)
The Coolinary (Main Street - Downtown)
Rendez-Vous French Bakery (Clark Road)
Darrell's Restaurant (Moved to Venice Island)
Jersey Mike's Subs (Beneva Village Shops)
Mikado Sushi-Thai Restaurant (Lockwood Ridge - Manatee County)
La Dolce Vita (Stickney Point)
Cafe Barbosso (Name Change - Formerly Cosimo's - Clark Rd.)
C'Est La Vie! (Cooper Creek/Shops at UTC - Bradenton)
Buttermilk (East County)
Lila (Downtown Sarasota)
Newk's Eatery (Square at UTC - University Pkwy.)
Boca Kitchen Bar and Market (S. Lemon - Downtown)
Gateway to India (Hillview - Closed)
Eat Here (Closed - Siesta Key)
Word of Mouth Cafe Venice (Venice Island)
Beckham's on the Trail (Moving - S. Trail)
BurgerFi UTC (UTC Mall Area)
Jpan Sushi & Grill (UTC Mall Area)
Cedar Reef Fish Camp (North Venice - 2nd Location)
Chicken Kitchen Paradise Plaza (Bee Ridge & 41)
Clock Restaurant (Venice - Closed)
Nokomis Crabhouse and Seafood Restaurant (Nokomis)
Sommers Dutch Family Restaurant (Cattlemen / Bee Ridge)
Veronica Fish & Oyster (Southside Village)
Oak & Stone (Square at UTC)
Pattigeorge's (Closed - Longboat Key)
Smashburger (University & Tuttle)
First Watch (Venice - Bypass Near Circus Bridge)
Southside Grill (Closed South Trail formerly J'Ryan's on the Grill)
Jager Tavern (Closed - Tuttle & 12th)
Roast Restaurant & Bar (Closed - Downtown Sarasota)
Aaron's Fish Camp (Closed - Siesta Key Village)
Panini Place (Closed - Siesta Key Village)
Revelry Pub & Grill (Closed - University Parkway)
Kay's Lounge BBQ (Near Ed Smith)
The Ship's Galley (Siesta Key - Formerly Munchies)
Pho Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine (Closed - Landing's S. Tamiami)
The Beach Club (Pizza - Siesta Key)
Dana's Gourmet Market - Closed Osprey, FL
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion - Closed Siesta Drive
Shilla Korean Restaurant (N. Beneva)
Taco Jalisco (S. Trail inside Texaco)
Dockside Waterfront Grill (Replaces Marker 4 Venice)
Giuseppe's Ristorante (Closed - Main St.)
Heritage Barbeque Co. (Closed - Cattlemen & Bee Ridge)
Angelo's Restaurant (Italian / Seafood - Former Russian House Location)
Brasa & Pisco (Peruvian - Former Wild Hogs location)
Doc Sam's NY Deli & Gourmet Eatery (Closed - Downtown)
Roni's Cafe (Formerly Fiona's - Bee Ridge)
Rosati's Pizza (Closed - N. Beneva)
Siesta Pizzeria Comapny (Southgate)
Carrina's Pizzeria (Marathon Station - South Trail)
Russian House - Closed (South Trail)
Fat Daddio's - Closed (Stickney Point Rd.)
Isabella's Italian Grill - Closed (Clark Road - Formerly DeMarco's Family Restaurant)
Evie's at Spanish Point Restaurant & Tiki (Osprey - Formerly Spanish Pointe Restaurant)
Cannon's Steakhouse (Formerly Rowdy Reptile - Gulf Gate)
Bombon Restaurant Bar & Lounge (N. Washington - Formerly Copa)
Lavanda (Closed - Adams Ln Downtown)
CineBistro at Westfield Southgate (Southgate)
Rusty Bucket
Mercato (Southside Village)
Paradise Grill (Nokomis - Formerly Ophelia's Pasta House)
The Original Egg (Formerly Broken Egg - Clark Road)
Li'l Nancy's At The Ranch Bar-B-Q (Lakewood Ranch)
Arby's (Closed Marathon Station S. Tamiami Tr.)
Daily Eats (Univeristy Park - Cooper Creek)
Fresh Kitchen (Univeristy Park - Cooper Creek)
Dickey's Barbecue Pit (Clark Rd. Sarasota)
Fusion< (Closed Downtown)
Buffalo Bill's Brew-B-Q (Venice - Jacaranda)
Wild Ginger (Formerly Top Sushi - Downtown)
Top Sushi (Closed - Downtown)
La Scarpetta (Formerly Morel - S. Tuttle)
The Rosemary (Orange & 4th)
Wilfred's Bar & Grill (Closed - Palmer Ranch - Formerly Monkey Bar)
Fred's Market Restaurant (Closed - Cattlemen & Bee Ridge)
G's Pizza & Wings (Closed S. Tamiami Tr.)
Maemi's Chicken (Fruitville Near Honore)
Matto Matto Italian Cafe & Wine Bar (Closed - Burns Court)
Flatbreads on Main (Closed - Main St. Downtown)
Sportz Landmark Bar and Grill (Closed - 12th St.)
Poppo's Taqueria (Cooper Creek)
Brooklyn Bagels and Deli New Management
The Savory Street (Closed Downtown 4th & Orange)
Yoder's Fresh Market (Deli - Bahia Vista)
Ophelia's Pasta House (Closed - Nokomis)
Eggstraordinary Breakfast & Lunch Cafe (Cattlemen)
Pho 99 (Clark Road)
Mahi Bull Grill - Closed (Clark Road)
Evie's Tavern on Main Street (Downtown)
Green Zebra Cafe (St. Armands - Formerly That's Fresh Juice Bar)
Turtle Beach Grill (Siesta Key - Formerly Turtle Beach Pub)
Angers Garden Deli (Closed - N. Lime)
Curry Station Indian Cuisine (Clark & Beneva)
Mr. Tequila Cantina (Cattlemen Near Bee Ridge)
Muse at the Ringling (Ringling Museum)
Barefoot Caribbean Grill (Name change formerly Hurricane Grill & Wings - Sarasota Square Mall)
Beulah (Downtown)
Toasted Mango Cafe (Siesta Key)
Javier's (Closed - Siesta Key)
Pho 101 Noodle House (Formerly Mrs Chen's)
Mrs. Chen's (Closed - South Trail)
Antoine's (Moved - N. Tuttle)
Palermo Pizza (South Trail)
Monkey Bar at Palmer Ranch (Closed)
Treviso at Ringling Museum (Closed)
Moore's Stone Crab (Closed - Longboat Key)
Fuzzy's Taco Shop (University)
Don Pablo's (Fruitville & I-75 - Closed)
China Star (Clark Rd. - formerly China Palace)
Jose's Real Cuban Food (Bradenton - Closed)
M & D Country Kitchen (Osprey - Closed)
La Creperie Caffe (St. Armands)
Maharaja Fine Indian Cuisine (Lockwood & University)
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburger (University & Lockwood Ridge)
Peach's Restaurant (Landings Sarasota - Closed)
Kiyoshi's Sushi (Gulf Gate)
Stottlemyer's Smokehouse (East Fruitville)
Yo! Sushi (UTC Mall)
Old Salty Dog Venice (Circus Bridge)
NoKoMo's Sunset Hut (Nokomis)
Famous Tavern (Closed - Downtown)
World of Beer (Downtown)
Burger & Beer Joint (UTC Mall)
Webber's Hot Dogs (Southgate)
Blu Kouzina (St. Armands)
Baker & Wife (Southgate)
La Brisa Tacos Y Mariscos (Downtown - N. Washington)
Fuzzy's Taco Shop Sarasota (University)
Mandeville Beer Garden (Downtown)
Jamaican Affair (Gulf Gate)
Panera Bread (UTC Mall Area)
Ziti (Closed - Southgate Mall)
French Affair (Closed - Gulf Gate)
The Usual Place (Closed - Southgate)
Blaze Pizza (University Town Center)
Sam Snead's American Grill (Closed - Southside Village)
Pino's Paradise Plaza (Southgate)
Mayta's Peruvian Restaurant (Closed - South Trail)

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