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Shell Yeah We Recycle!

Thousands of oysters are consumed at local seafood restaurants in Florida like Anna Maria Oyster Bar. The shells are usually discarded before piling up in our ever-growing landfills. In August 2018, Waste Pro teamed up with Solutions To Avoid A Red Tide (START), a non-profit organization that focuses on funding research and increasing public awareness about the importance of preserving Florida’s marine environment. We’re proud to say we have joined the movement! Waste Pro provided AMOB with oyster shell recycling bins. The oyster shells we recycle will be sent to Perico Preserve where the shells are then placed in a

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Philanthropic Ways Recognized

Anna Maria Oyster Bar is proud to announce that CEO John Horne & his wife, AMOB Royal Consort aka Director of Marketing and Philanthropy, Amanda Horne, were presented the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation Bert South Philanthropic Award, awarded annually by the Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation to honor an individual, family or group who best reflects the Foundation’s philanthropic values. Excerpts from the nomination forms were shared during the award ceremony, noting that, “John and Amanda Horne are uniquely deserving of this prestigious Kiwanis Award. From creating and funding a scholarship fund, to implementing a reading improvement program with Manatee County schools, their

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A Very Special DeSoto Parade

The annual DeSoto Parade, one of the largest and oldest parades in Southwest Florida, was once again, a huge success! More than 200,000 people lined the streets of our home to watch the illuminated floats and to check out the new Hernando DeSoto, Captain of the Crewe, and the newly crowned Queen and Princess.   This year was particularly special. John & the AMOB Family had the honor of meeting 97-year-old Corporal Steve Lewis from Palmetto. Steve was in the United States Army at the outset of World War II and is the last surviving Buffalo Soldier (The name “Buffalo

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Meet Manager Jon Tipton

Why did you choose to work in this industry? I worked in the food industry when I was a teenager and in my early 20’s. I was provided a great opportunity to get back in the business during the recession years and I have been able to enjoy it for the past 10 years. Tell us about your approach to customer service. I always greet each guest with a smile and a little humor! (If the timing is right!) What is your signature comfort food? Spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad, and of course, a good red wine. What would your

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Dive Into Reading Volunteer Registration is Now OPEN!

Dive Into Reading volunteer registration is officially open and we need YOUR help! This year, we have opened up our program to rising 1st graders as well as rising 2nd and 3rd graders. We are expecting approximately 450 children! More kiddos mean more volunteers! For those who aren’t familiar with Dive Into Reading is, it’s a program Amanda and John Horne of Anna Maria Oyster Bar started three years ago with the help of our amazing staff and myriad community partners. The goal of Dive Into Reading is to improve children’s reading levels by combating “Summer Slide,” continue children’s educations

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Dive Into Reading Receives Generous De Soto Donation

We would like to extend our full gratitude to the Hernando De Soto Historical Society for supporting our Dive Into Reading program by giving a generous donation of $2,000! Thank you for all that you do to support education in our community through grants and scholarships. It is more than appreciated! With help from dedicated community partners, Anna Maria Oyster Bar launched Dive Into Reading in the Summer of 2017. We invited rising 2nd and 3rd graders at local Title I elementary schools who were participants in the School District of Manatee’s Camp R.I.S.E. program to our restaurants for a

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Lobster + Margarita = NEW LobsterRita!

Spring is officially here, and along with it comes the PERFECT weather that is the reason we all love living in Florida. Easter is on the horizon, and we have some *hoppy* deals ready for you! We are introducing a special NEW seasonal Margarita, for today only. Say hello to your new favorite, the LobsterRita! Did you know that couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before Christmas? (According to a Facebook study, which is obviously 100% accurate.) If you happen to get dumped, don’t worry…drink your heart-break away with our LobsterRita! This stomach-churning,

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Meet Manager Cindy Hunter

Why did you choose to work in this industry? God chose this field of work for me! Four years ago, I left 24 years as an administrative director at two different Community Colleges and made a life and work change: entering the restaurant world. What is your favorite aspect of your job? My favorite part of this job is working with all of the AMOB staff as a team as well as learning as much as I can and teaching the staff when I can! I also really enjoy meeting the guests, interacting with the kids, and assisting where I

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February ManaTeach Winner

ManaTeach is an authentic campaign to “Tell Your Story” using current media trends. ManaTeach creates and distributes a steady stream of short video stories to inform a receptive audience about what’s going on in Manatee County schools. ManaTeach is the centerpiece of a Strategic Communications Plan to help the district connect with all stakeholders. Market research proves that the public wants to know what’s going on in our classrooms, not just what’s going on in the boardroom. This campaign is designed to improve employee morale by giving them an outlet to showcase their talent and results. It allows parents to

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Amanda Horne Receives PACE Spirit for Leadership Award

PACE Center for Girls hosted their Annual All About Girls Summit on March 7th and 8th. Our very own, Amanda Horne, was awarded the PACE Spirit for Leadership Award, one of three Board Awards for the entire state! Amanda is more than deserving of this award, and we are so proud of her!  PACE is a nationally recognized, research-based non-residential program model that features a  balanced emphasis on academic and social services, with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women.   The foundation of PACE is a gender-responsive culture where they provide a safe

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