Category: AMOB in the Community

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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