AMOB in the Community

AMOB in the Community

We’re so grateful to be so well supported by our community……… so giving back is a top priority of our company.

Thanks to our loyal GUESTS and friends for honoring us with these recent awards!

2019 Leadership Florida Impact Award for Dive Into Reading

2019 Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Bert South Philanthropic Award for Dive Into Reading

2019 PACE Spirit for Leadership Award presented to Amanda Horne

2018 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year on behalf of Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier.

2018 National Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award” presented in Washington, DC for AMOB’s long history of supporting our community.

2018 FRLA named Landside’s Cherise Sherwin “Restaurant Employee of the Year”

2018 Herald Tribune Manatee Readers’ Choice – First Place: Early Bird Dinner, Seafood Restaurant and Finalist: Margarita, Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour

2017 Spirit of Manatee Community Spirit Award

2017 Bradenton Herald People’s Choice Favorite – Best All-Around Restaurant, Best Early Bird Special, Best Happy Hour, Best Raw Bar, Best Margarita, AND Best Seafood Restaurant

2016 Visit Bradenton Gulf Islands Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award and 2014 Champion of Tourism Award

2016 Anna Maria Island Sun #1 New Restaurant

2015 Greater Sarasota Chamber Small Business of the Year

2015 America’s Blood Center Corporation of the Year








Giving Back

Giving Back

Our family is committed to giving back to many causes and organizations in our area and frequently host charitable functions at the four Anna Maria Oyster Bar locations.  

Not only do we throw great events, but we are also proud to participate in many local events for wonderful not-for-profits, professional organizations, and fundraisers in our community. We love giving back!

John and his wife Amanda have co-hosted (along with friends Stewart & Trudy Moon) the Horne & Moon Social for the past five years. This annual event raised funds for need-based scholarships for adults returning to school at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, and Manatee Technical College. The Horne & Moon Scholarship, administered by Manatee Community Foundation, had a phenomenal five-year run, and is now sustainable for a few years, allowing us to take a well-earned break from fundraising!

John and Amanda also host a national award-winning summer reading program called Dive Into Reading. Dive into Reading began in Summer 2017, inviting to our restaurants rising 2nd & 3rd graders at local Title I elementary schools, who were participants in the School District of Manatee’s Camp R.I.S.E program. The program included a hot breakfast and one-on-one time reading with a mentor.

Dive Into Reading’s mission is to improve children’s reading levels, instill a love of reading and combat “summer slide,” which tends to occur over summer break. Our program received an outpouring of community support, winning recognition and awards from the School District of Manatee County, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. It also proved successful with students completing the program demonstrating an increase in reading proficiency when they returned back to school.

Now gearing up for its third year, Dive Into Reading will be welcoming rising 1st graders as well as the 2nd & 3rd graders – approximately 450 children! Of course, that also means we will be recruiting volunteer mentors during the month of June…and beyond, if they would like. Please sign up to volunteer, mentor, and help our children find success in reading!

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