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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

Local Pizza (Opening Soon - Osprey)
Taco Bus (Inside Marathon Gas - S. Trail)
Louis Pappas Fresh Greek (Cooper Creek)
Bunhaus Vietnamese Kitchen (Opening Soon - UTC)
Postal 98 (Pinecraft)
Tela's Bistro (Formerly Roni's Cafe)
Tortellino Bistrot (Gulf Gate)
Doughbie Brothers Pizza (Closed - University Park)
Prague (Closed - Downtown)
Black Mast Pub (Opening Soon - Main St)
Thai Seed (UTC Market)
Luna Rossa (Closed - Southgate)
Kruk's Philly Steaks (Closed - University Parkway)
Smoqehouse (South Trail)
Yaki Sushi Grill BBQ (Opening Soon - University UTC)
Antojitos Cuban Cuisine (North Trail)
Bravo Italian Mediterranean (Closed - Southgate)
Kurtos (Downtown Sarasota)
Mojo's Paladar Real Cuban (Closed - Venice)
Barnacle Bill's (Closed - North Trail)
China Taste (Osprey - Opening Soon)
Whitney Bodega (Longboat Key)
Mitch's Kitchen (Formerly Bud's - Venice)
A Good Day Cafe (Blackburn Point Plaza Osprey)
Circo (Downtown)
Sarasota Grill & Pizzeria (Palmer Blvd.)
Rivera Maya Bar and Grill (Cocoanut Ave.)
Avli Mess Hall (Downtown)
Limoncello (Cattlemen Road)
Appizza A Pizza (Parkway Collection)
Luna Rossa Pizzeria Italiana (Southgate - Name Change)
Cuccina Gloria (Nokomis - Formerly Joseph's Diner)
Omelette And Company (S. Trail)
A Sprig of Thyme (Hillview St.)
Big Mike's Pizza (S. Venice)
Rincon Tolteca (South Trail)
Sarasota Food and Beer (Opening Soon - Fruitville & Honore)
Norma Jean's Sports Bar (Closed - Fruitville Rd.)
Apollonia Grill (Landings)
Green Zebra Cafe (Downtown)
So Fresh (Downtown - Opening Soon)
Irish 31 Pub & Eatery (Southgate)
GrillSmith (S. Trail)
Eatiny Thai & Sushi (Eatiny Thai & Sushi - Formerly Star Thai & Sushi)
Siegfried's Beirgarten (Downtown)
South Philly Cheesesteaks (Main St.)
62 Bistrot (Closed - Hillview St.)
Smashburger (Closed - University & Tuttle)
Nancy's BBQ (Lorraine Road - Lakewood Ranch)
Shake Shack (Mall at UTC)
Li'l Nancy's at the Ranch (Closed - Relocating Lakewood Ranch)
Brasa & Pisco (Closed - Lockwood Ridge)
My Village Pub (Siesta Village)
La Norma Ristorante & Pizzeria (Center Shops - LBK)
Teas Days (Gulf Gate)
Fork My Life (Vegan Cafe & Bakery - Gulf Gate)
Athens Family Restaurant (Bee Ridge near Tuttle)
Project Coffee (Burns Court)
Atmosphere Italian Restaurant (Sarasota Commons)
The Venue (St. Armands - Formerly 15 South)
Armando's Cocina Mexicana (Moved to 12th Street)
Punta Sur (Beneva & Webber)
Bodegon Criollo (Desoto Road)
Chicken Kitchen (Closed - University Parkway)
Fork My Life (Vegan Cafe & Bakery - Gulf Gate)
Burger & Beer Joint (Closed - UTC Mall)
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria (Downtown)
Pietros Ristorante Italiano And Wine Bar (South Trail)
Spacco Italian Grill (Closed - N. Lockwood Ridge)
99 Bottles (99 Bottles - Downtown)
Oaks Open Pit BBQ (Closed - S. Tamiami)
Prime Serious Steak (Closed - Sarasota Square Mall)
Daily Bird (Downtown - State Street)
Beef 'O' Brady's (Closed - Clark Rd.)
Lemon Tree Kitchen (Lemon Tree Kitchen - Formerly Louies Modern)
Fresh Mozzarella Pizzeria (Ringling Downtown)
L'Opera Bakery Bistrot (Gulf Gate)
Giorgio's on Hillview (Closed)
Raffurtys Bar & Grill (Downtown)
Umbrellas 1296 (Downtown)
Poppo's Taqueria (Downtown)
Kruk's Philly Steaks (Landings)
Chick Fil-A (Vamo)
Rosemary & Thyme (North Orange Downtown)
Sage SRQ (Downtown )
3 Pepper Burrito Co (Downtown)
Cilantro Grill (2nd Fl St. Armands Cir)
Ringling Pizza & Grill (Closed)
Tamiami Tap (Osprey & Mound)
Cafe Roma (Hillview St.)
Clever Monkey Craft Bar & Grill (Norma Jean's Osprey Renamed)
Opa! Opa! (Reopened Gulf Gate)
Naples Flatbread (Closed - Southgate)
Dickey's Barbecue Pit (Reopening - Clark Road)
Lovely Square (Gulf Gate)
Bushido Izayaki Japanese Restaurant (Benever & Webber)
Bohemios Wine & Beer (Clark Road)
Brewster's (Main St. Downtown)
Reyna's Taqueria (Sarasota Commons)
Umbrellas (Downtown)
Metro Diner (Closed - Southgate)
Cassariano UTC (N. Cattlemen)
Big Water Fish Market North (Siesta Village)
Ham Heaven & Devil Dogs (Moved - Clark Road)
Smilefin Poke (University Park)
DaRuMa (Landings)
Mexico Lindo St Armands (St. Armands)
Mozaic (Closed - Downtown)
Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar (N. Tamiami Trail)
Fushipoke (Downtown)
The Table Creekside (Closed - Phillippi Island)
Old School (Closed - Downtown)
ABO Sarasota (Closed - Downtown)
Nokomis Crabhouse and Seafood Restaurant (Closed)
Oak & Stone (Clark Road)
Curry Up King (Sarasota Commons)
Ripfire (Siesta Village)
Buffalo Wild Wings (Closed - Clark Road)
The Overton (Rosemary District)
Gulf Gate Food and Beer (Gulf Gate)
Maple Street Biscuit Company (Cooper Creek UTC)
Charlie's Bulgogi (Bee Ridge)
Grand Cru Wine Bar (Downtown)
Mexico Lindo St Armands (St. Armands)
Half Shell Seafood House (Closed - University Park)
Sonny's BBQ (Closed - Venice)
Cremesh European Restaurant (SR 64 Bradenton)
Spice Station (Rosemary District)
Siam Gulf (N. Tuttle)
Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Sarasota (Fourth Street)
Nicky's Bistro (Palm Ave.)
Speaks Clam Bar (St. Armands)
Pascone's Ristorante (Square at UTC - University)
Saltwater Cafe (Closed - Nokomis)
Los Portales Mexican Restaurant (Oeprey)
Kruk's Philly Steaks (University Park Center)
Mellow Mushroom (Gulf Gate)
Empacurious Market & Bistro (Closed - Gulf Gate)
Tsunami Sushi (Closed - Lockwood Ridge Road)
Blue Moon Grill (Bahia Vista)
Glory Days Grill (Cooper Creek - Former Selmon's)
Bistrot Julian (Closed - Main Street)
Carmel Cafe (Closed - Cooper Creek)
Chef Rolf's New Florida Kitchen (Southgate)
Da Vinci German Restaurant (Osprey)
Franky's Place Family Restaurant(Closed N. Beneva)
Piada Mania Italian Flatbread Eatery (Clark Rd Palmer Plaza)
Roadside Rib Shack (Closed - Bahia Vista & 41)
Summer House (Siesta Key)
The Lazy Parrot Patio Bar & Grill
Ruby Tuesday (Closed - Sarasota Square Mall)
Jalisco Mexican Grill (Square South Trail)
Porky's Fusion BBQ (North Trail Sarasota)
Screaming Goat Taqueria (Gulf Gate)
Pazzo Southside (Southside Village)
Scrambles (Closed - Osprey, FL)
Yo! Sushi (Closed - UTC Mall)
The Public House Tamp and Grill (Lockwood Ridge & University)
Pinchers (Venice Bypass)
Robbie's Reef (Name Change - Pinchers)
Tokaj (Gulf Gate)
1812 Osprey (Southside Village)
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
Element - PB&T (Downtown)
White Horse Pub (Lockwood Ridge - Closed
Napolis Italian Restaurant (Siesta Key - Closed
Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar (Southgate)
Square 1 Burgers & Bar (University - Closed
Amore Restaurant (Burns Court)
Wicked Cantina (N. Trail - Downtown)
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)
Acropolis Greek Taverna (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

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