Category: Press

Amendment 2 Hurts You

A Message From John Horne Thank you for your interest in learning why I am urging you to vote NO on Amendment 2. It will harm many of the people that it was intended to help. We talk a lot about family at the Anna Maria Oyster Bars.  You hear us refer to our treasured staff as “the AMOB Family,” because my partners and I recognize that without the contributions of these hard-working, talented, caring individuals, our business would not exist. That’s why we paid every single one of our 325+ employees while we were closed for seven weeks during

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar Wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar (Cortez location) today announced it has been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for ranking in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite, top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.  “We are beyond proud to receive the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award from Tripadvisor. Being recognized by our guests is an honor that means more than anything to us. We are proud to be a place

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar First Named First Restaurant in Florida to Receive the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Seal of Commitment

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the first 12 restaurants and hotels to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment on 07/24/2020, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices. Anna Maria Oyster Bar was the first restaurant in the state of Florida to achieve the Seal of Commitment. This award is for demonstrating dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to be the first restaurant to receive the FRLA Seal of Commitment as we feel it is so important to not only talk the talk but walk the walk in keeping

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A Year to Remember

From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year! From the bottom of our heart, we want to thank you for your support all year long – from supporting our fundraisers to your continued patronage, we are beyond thankful for all the local love this year! Lots of blessings this year that we wish to share with you… we were so honored and proud to accept the following awards and recognitions in 2019: Amanda received the PACE Spirit for Leadership Award – one of three Board Awards for the entire state at

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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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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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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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John Horne Wins Rotary Club of Anna Maria’s Businessperson of the Year Award

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, November 16, where we’re extremely proud to share that Anna Maria Oyster Bar “Gran Jefe” John Horne proudly accepted the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island’s Businessperson of the Year award.    With the support of his father in the audience (pictured above, along with John’s wife, Amanda), only one week following the passing of his mother, and the night also being John’s parents’ 61st wedding anniversary, it was a night filled with emotions for the Horne family. AMOB has four locations in the Bradenton Area,

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