Blog

Captain Everette S. Roane

Sailing into Retirement…

From the Desk of John Horne I have some good and sad news… You all know Everette Roane in our office. Everette has been with Anna Maria Oyster Bar since 2004. We just celebrated him as he began his 18th year with us at the OBars! Everette came in to talk to me a few weeks ago and said, “John, you remember when we had that conversation a few years ago about what the required retirement age was at AMOB, and neither of us had an answer? Well, I just determined that the retirement age is 82.” Everette celebrated his

Read More »
Tuna-Sashimi-Asian-Tuna-Salad

New Year… Fresh Start!

All of us at the Anna Maria Oyster Bars are beyond thankful for all of the local love in 2020. We couldn’t have survived the year without YOU, our faithful regulars and friends. The love you show to our staff during these times when being in the hospitality industry is challenging is incredible. How supportive you are of our restaurant and initiatives continues to be something our AMOB Family is indescribably grateful for. We appreciate each and every one of you! And speaking of fresh starts, we are excited to roll out a NEW seasonal menu appropriately titled, “Fresh Start.”

Read More »
Thank you for the local love and support!

Thank you for the local love and support!

From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for your support all year long – from tuning in to our emails to your continued patronage during the pandemic, we are beyond thankful for all the local love this year!

Read More »
AMOB Halloween

A Spook-tacular AMOB Halloween!

This year’s Halloween was a howlin’ good time at the Oyster Bars – it’s no wonder why it’s one of our favorite holidays! AMOB family members throughout our multiple locations got into the holiday spirit and dressed up. Between the clever, funny and spooky costumes, it’s hard to pick a Best In Show! Check out some of our staff below and the photo below find your favorite!

Read More »

Amendment 2 Hurts You

A Message From John Horne Thank you for your interest in learning why I am urging you to vote NO on Amendment 2. It will harm many of the people that it was intended to help. We talk a lot about family at the Anna Maria Oyster Bars.  You hear us refer to our treasured staff as “the AMOB Family,” because my partners and I recognize that without the contributions of these hard-working, talented, caring individuals, our business would not exist. That’s why we paid every single one of our 325+ employees while we were closed for seven weeks during

Read More »
Pineapple Paradise Motorworks Brewing

Welcome to Pineapple Paradise

After weeks of John teasing our newest collaboration with Motorworks Brewing… it’s finally time for our official debut! INTRODUCING… Hala 1493, an Anna Maria Oyster Bar original brewed in collaboration by Motorworks Brewing to honor the hospitality industry. When we decided to do a collaboration with Motorworks Brewing once again, this time, we wanted it to be extra special for our 25th anniversary on September 15th. We chose the flavor pineapple because the symbol for our beloved hospitality industry is a pineapple. Florida’s hospitality industry has been pulled in a million different directions over the past 5+ months… it’s time to

Read More »

From TX to FL, Loyal Guests Show Love to AMOB

A lovely story shared by long-time AMOB regulars who moved to Austin, Texas, and were unable to make their annual trip to Bradenton, FL. Check out their photos in the gallery below! Hello, I am writing from Austin, TX where we moved from Lakeland FL in 1977. We had lived there for 7 years; we visited Longboat and AMI beaches frequently. I didn’t want to leave Florida, but we promised each other we would come back every summer and we have kept that promise for almost all of those years. Our two girls are grown up now, and one has

Read More »

Anna Maria Oyster Bar Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar (Cortez location) today announced it has been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for ranking in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite, top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.  “We are beyond proud to receive the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award from Tripadvisor. Being recognized by our guests is an honor that means more than anything to us. We are proud to be a place

Read More »

Anna Maria Oyster Bar First Named First Restaurant in Florida to Receive the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Seal of Commitment

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the first 12 restaurants and hotels to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment on 07/24/2020, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices. Anna Maria Oyster Bar was the first restaurant in the state of Florida to achieve the Seal of Commitment. This award is for demonstrating dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to be the first restaurant to receive the FRLA Seal of Commitment as we feel it is so important to not only talk the talk but walk the walk in keeping

Read More »

Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Dive Into Reading Program Recognized

The national award-winning Dive Into Reading program has successfully completed its fourth year, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominated by the School District of Manatee County, Dive Into Reading received the annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award (CBRA) from the Florida Department of Education.   The Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) recognize Florida’s business leaders and partners that have shown the most commitment in bringing positive change and implementing bold, innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of students in Florida’s education system and communities. Along with the award, the School District of Manatee County received $5,000 from Florida Blue

Read More »