Anna Maria Oyster Bar hospitality group acquires Sarasota’s iconic Cafe L’Europe
Known for decades as the “Grande Dame” of Sarasota restaurants, the venerable Cafe L’Europe restaurant on St. Armands Circle has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Julie and Ron Milton to award-winning local restaurateurs and philanthropists Amanda and John Horne, owners of four Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurants. The Hornes take over operations of the restaurant on February 1, 2022. “For us, the sale is bittersweet,” said Ron Milton. “Since purchasing this legendary restaurant in 2016, Julie and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, our family-like relationships with our incredible staff, and getting to know our many loyal, wonderful customers.