Category: AMOB in the Community

Small Business Person of the Year 2018 – Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce

We’re thrilled and humbled to share that at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce awards luncheon on Thursday, October 18, 2018, John Horne accepted the Small Businessperson of the Year award on behalf of Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier. The AMOB Family is especially proud of this recognition because of how hard we’ve worked over the past 3 years to ensure that the Pier is a fabulous place for both visitors and locals alike to share meals and memories with family and friends. Of all our locations, AMOB on the Pier is especially appealing to young families and

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Library Champion Award for Dive Into Reading

The Tampa Bay Library Consortium, in conjunction with the Manatee County Public Library & Foundation, has honored Anna Maria Oyster Bar with the Library Champion award, presented on October 9, 2018, at the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting. This highly-esteemed award recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional support for, and attention to, libraries.   Improving childhood literacy is a major philanthropic initiative of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar family – and while we don’t do what we do for awards or recognition – it’s certainly a great feeling to be appreciated.  This award, along with other recognitions for

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AMOB And Local Restaurants Donate to Save Our Shores

On Tuesday, September 25, Anna Maria Oyster Bar and other Anna Maria Island area business owners presented a check for $25,081.90. Funds were raised through the Save Our Shores initiative, including AMOB’s S.O.S. Margarita and the Long Table Dinner event on August 26, 2018. The proceeds were presented to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START) at the BeachHouse Restaurant. Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota plans to start new tests within the next six weeks, which will continually monitor and research red tide throughout the year. Over the past five weeks, the Anna Maria Oyster

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Red Tide: What You Really Want To Know

Red tide is affecting our entire region, without question — but the BIG question people are asking is whether they should be concerned about eating sick fish. On Sunday, September 9 this topic was discussed on In Focus with Allison Walker Torres along with the economic impact of red tide. Our Gran Jefe of the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, John Horne was featured on the segment along with three other guests who also shared their knowledge and experience with red tide: Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department Elliott Falcione, executive director

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar Employee Named Florida Restaurant Employee of the Year

Anna Maria Oyster Bar is overjoyed to announce that Cherise Sherwin, a staff member at the Landside Oyster Bar location, has been named the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s “Restaurant Employee of the Year.” A wonderful member of the AMOB family for nearly twenty-one years (more precisely, since Day One at our Landside location which opened on September 15, 1997), Ms. Sherwin was honored for her hard work, dedication to the company, and generous spirit as a Hospitality Star of the Industry award winner. Cherise is the heartbeat of Landside, and has built an enviable clientele at “her bar”

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Sensational time at Save our Shores Long Table Dinner

On Sunday, August 26 our community came together to show their support. It was absolutely incredible to see over 150 community members come out and show their support for the area and red tide research. The dinner benefited Mote Marine and Start (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide). We were welcomed with a beautiful evening on Anna Maria Island with a breathtaking sunset at The Sandbar Restaurant. The weather was wonderful — we couldn’t have asked for better! The beach was clear and there was zero odor in the air with a beautiful breeze lightly blowing. We enjoyed an array of

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A SpecQUACKular Lunch

We had a fabulous group of visitors for lunch the other day! Our friends from PACE Center for Girls stopped by, along with the “winners” of their QUACKtastic Quacky Challenge. The PACE girls who earned 100% attendance during the month of June were invited to enjoy lunch with the “winners”. The winners in attendance were Amanda Horne & Dottie Bowen Turner representing Team “Quackerjacks,” Heather Shrum Kortzendorf representing Team “Heather’s Feathers,” Kara Schiavone McAllister & Amanda Broadway representing Team “Junior League of Manatee County” and Caitlyn Haley representing Team “Firkins Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.” It was wonderful seeing the teams

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John Horne Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee

AMOB goes to Washington, D.C. (Part 2) Thank you again to Congressman Vern Buchanan for giving me the opportunity to speak in front of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee. Great to get the word out on how business is confident and thriving in Manatee County! The new tax cuts have shown opportunity for us to reinvest in the company – purchasing new equipment and presenting bonuses to workers. Running a small business with four locations and a staff of over 300, we have been able to see the economic confidence flow from the new tax

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7th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

This year, the Annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament & The Bradenton Yacht Club, hosted the 7th annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Tournament on May 19, 2018. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a nationwide program bringing high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing to disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. According to their website, PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.

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Supporting local education during Teacher Appreciation Week

As you may know,  we are HUGE supporters of local education! So, we stayed busy celebrating during Teacher Appreciation Week and our Class of 2018 graduates! We are so happy to have the opportunity to highlight and support local educators and students. Congratulations Class of 2018! John and Amanda hosted the AMOB employees who are graduating this spring for a wonderful Brunch at the Pier honoring their achievements. We are so proud of their dedication both at school and at work. Quacky Pace even stopped by for a special visit to thank the grads and our guests for supporting PACE

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