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Shuck Cancer!

Shuck Cancer! 1 in 8 Women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime making it the most common type of cancer among women. October marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the whole time we were slingin’ our special Pink Flamingo drinks with all proceeds going to two charities who are kicking the muck outta cancer, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and My Breast Friends 941. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, is a fun walk to raise awareness and funds to save lives

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Meet our Pier Kitchen Manager, Chef Will Parard!

Tell us a little bit about your background. I was born and raised in wonderful Bradenton, FL. I went to Manatee High School, Class of 06. I am an avid waterman and outdoor life enthusiast. When I am not working I am in, on, or around water or the woods, or in the kitchen cooking as food with flavor is my other greatest passion in life. Seeing someone’s face light up after tasting my food keeps me going. What are your key accomplishments in your field/on the job? Working my way up to head kitchen manager at AMOB has been

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As Seen on The Suncoast View: Tuna Stack

Owner John Horne and Chef Will Parard had their big debut on The Suncoast View this month! John talked about AMOB’s philanthropic ways by shakin’ up our Pink Flamingo drink we’re selling to raise money for My Breast Friends and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Chef Will cooked up one of our NEW Pier menu items, the Tuna Stack! If you missed them, click here to watch now! And for our snowbird friends that haven’t made their way to their home away from home yet (AMOB), we’ve listed our Tuna Stack recipe to stall your cravings. Tuna Stack: Ahi

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Meet Jack Cruse, Manager & an employee of AMOB since 1998!

Tell us a little about your background. I grew up in a small town called Perryville on the banks of the Tennessee River. I got married right out of high school and became a father two years later. I moved to Florida in 1980 but didn’t start a career in the restaurant business until 1998 on the City Pier on Anna Maria Island at AMOB, and I’ve been here happily ever since. What are your key accomplishments in your field/on the job? I think my strong suits are dealing with so many different personalities with my staff and making sure

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Fall Into Our October Promos!

Happy Fall, AMOB friends and family! The humidity is gone, the sun is still shining, and hurricane season is slowly but surely coming to an end. We’re so excited about what we have goin’ on this October at the O-Bars, and we hope that you’ll be just as excited, too!  Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Shuck cancer! 12.4% of women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, making it the most common type of cancer among women, besides skin cancer. During the entire month of October, we will be donating all proceeds from our

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Back to 1995

It’s our birth month and in true AMOB Style, we’re throwing a month-long party! Throughout September, when you donate a new children’s book appropriate for elementary-age readers, we’ll treat you to $5 off any appetizer! In honor of our birthday, we thought we’d share some history on how each of our AMOB’s was born. 1995 – Anna Maria Oyster Bar is founded on the Anna Maria City Pier. The City Pier will always be home to us, because that’s where we established regulars and made a name for ourselves with our fresh seafood & fun atmosphere. However….we started off real

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Burgers & Brews

Whoever comes up with these national food holidays… I think we all owe them a BIG thank you! TWO national holidays are coming and Anna Maria Oyster Bar is ready to celebrate. Get ready to mark your calendars! First up, we have National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th. A whole day just for cheeseburgers aka America’s favorite sandwich?! We’ll take it. Celebrate with us at any of our four locations and receive a FREE House Margarita with your purchase of a cheeseburger.  After your bellies are full of burgers and margs, get ready for National Beer Day on September 28th!

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Meet our Awesome Assistant Kitchen Manager, Jose Suarez!

Why did you choose to work in this industry? I’ve always loved to cook. It’s a passion of mine and I had an opportunity to join AMOB and haven’t looked back since! I am the Assistant Kitchen Manager for AMOB Ellenton. Tell us about your approach to customer service. Always approach your customer with respect and a smile. No matter what, stay positive! What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference? My pet would say I’m kind, good at multi-tasking, and I have a positive attitude. Describe yourself using only film titles. Fast and Furious!

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Try our Drink of the Month: Shell Yeah!

In May, we started recycling our oyster shells. Thousands of oysters are consumed at local seafood restaurants in Florida like Anna Maria Oyster Bar. When oyster shells are disposed of, they pile up in our ever-growing landfills. Recycling the shells helps filter the water and create the next generation of harvestable oysters in 3-5 years! But how? Steps to Oyster Recycling: Oysters are consumed at seafood restaurants and placed in the special bins provided by Waste Pro. The shells are picked up every week. The recycled shells are turned into “oyster modules” created for habitat restoration projects. The habitat begins

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2019 FRLA Marketing + Operations Summit

What a fantastic time we had at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Marketing + Operations Summit in Tampa on August 13th & 14th. This is our big annual conference where restaurant owners and operators come together with hoteliers to learn about industry trends and best practices for marketing & operating our restaurants.  We are always learning new ways to deliver the best possible guest experience. Plus… someone at FRLA thought it would be a good idea to ask me to emcee the entire two-day event… I had a BLAST!   We had a mini-posse accompanying Amanda and me! Managing

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