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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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Happy National Catfish Month!

August is here and so is National Catfish Month! Around the country, catfish finds its way onto menus and dinner tables providing a very tasty meal, especially here in the South. But why is there a national commemorative month for it? National Catfish Month started in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan announced to the nation that there would indeed be a national month dedicated just to catfish. Catfish is one of America’s largest aquaculture products, but this month is more than just scarfin’ down this tasty meal. It’s about the agricultural importance of catfish in the economy and understanding the

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Dive Into Reading Year 3: One for the Books!

Dive Into Reading has successfully completed year three, and this year, in particular, was one for the books! We are so incredibly humbled & proud to share that AMOB has been honored with Leadership Florida’s 2019 Impact Award for Dive Into Reading. This award recognizes a business or nonprofit organization that has created a specific project, or body of work, whose impact is currently transforming the future of its region or beyond and has the potential to transform Florida as a whole. This recognition is very special to us…rendering even John Horne speechless…if you can believe it. Word from the

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Sweet Summertime Specials

Sweet (HOT) summertime is in full swing and AMOB is here to cool you off every. single. day. Seven days a week, we have a “Drink of the Day” at ALL FOUR Oyster Bars to help you beat the dog days of summer for just $6!  O-Bars Drink of the Day: Monday- Tequila Sunrise Tuesday- Bahama Mama Wednesday- Margarita Thursday- AMOB Sunset Friday- Regal Rum Punch Saturday- Select Draft Beer Sunday- Mimosa Pier Drink of the Day: Monday- Pink Flamingo Tuesday- Bay Watch Wednesday- White Sandy Beaches Thursday- Swamp Water Friday- Pirates Tea Saturday & Sunday- Build your own Bloody

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The Best Shuckin’ Week Ever!

August 5th marks National Oyster Day, so naturally, we decided to host our own Oyster Week leading up to National Oyster Day! Here at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, we serve our oysters seven different ways: Raw Fried Steamed Garlic Parmesan Chipotle (Grandma George’s) Rockefeller (with bacon) Tequila Lime – NEW! house-made tequila citrus blend, garlic butter, and parmesan cheese baked and finished with scallions You can order our oysters by the dozen or half-dozen. Can’t decide which style to try? Try our Oyster Sampler made up of three of each: Rockefeller, Chipotle, Garlic Parmesan, and Fried. We also serve Granddaddy

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Leadership Florida Presents Anna Maria Oyster Bar with the 2019 Florida Impact Award

Press Release from Leadership Florida Leadership Florida® Presents Anna Maria Oyster Bar with the 2019 Florida Impact Award   Tallahassee, Fla. — The Anna Maria Oyster Bar, and proprietors John and Amanda Horne, have been chosen as the 2019 recipients of the Leadership Florida Impact Award. The Florida Impact Award recognizes a business or nonprofit organization that has created a specific project or body of work whose impact is currently transforming the future of its region or beyond and has the potential to transform Florida as a whole. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar was honored at Leadership Florida’s 2019 Annual

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Meet Server Lisa Davis!

Why did you choose to work in this industry? I absolutely love the environment of hospitality, especially at AMOB! I love working around fun people! Tell us about your approach to customer service. I always “feel-out” the customers first. I try to read their body language and base my service around that. What would you pet say about you if we asked for a reference? “She can’t keep her hand off of me and she talks to me like I’m a baby – it’s so annoying!” Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen. When I was in Colorado, the

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More Time for Pier Time

A wise man once said, “if it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense,” and with that advice in mind, we’ve made the decision to discontinue daily Breakfast and Weekend Brunch service at the Pier location. Looks like no more #SundayFunday breakfast shifts from me on the Pier. Unfortunately, the response to offering a morning menu at the Pier hasn’t been what we’d hoped. After more than 3 years serving breakfast and brunch, we’ll shift our hours back to better serve the Island demographics of both locals and visitors. Who’da thunk that people enjoying watching our gorgeous sunsets while eating

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Congratulations to the 2019 ManaTeach winners!

It was a pleasure to co-sponsor this year’s ManaTeach rewards program along with Gettel Automotive. ManaTeach is an authentic campaign inviting all Manatee County School District teachers to “tell their story” using current media trends. Area instructors submitted 2-minute videos throughout the year and a winner was chosen each month. The winners won a dinner for two at AMOB or a full vehicle treatment at Gettel Automotive! The Grand Prize was chosen for the whole year, where the winners were surprised with a visit from our very own John Horne and a camera crew from ABC 7 in their classroom

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Meet Server Vicki Dickson

Why did you choose to work in this industry? I retired from being a flight attendant for over 30 years. I really missed working in the customer service environment! Tell us about your approach to customer service. I make every customer feel as if coming to eat at AMOB is a treat and something to always look forward to! What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference? They would say I’m a pushover! We only have to look at her with those big brown eyes and we can get anything we want! Is there something

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