Category: Press

970 WFLA’s Breakfast on the Bay Comes To The Pier

Today started EARLY with News Radio 970 WFLA broadcasting live right from our deck, on air from 5am to 9am. Another spectacular sunrise greeted attendees, and Mimosas and Bloodies were flowing while John Horne cooked up breakfast favorites for the Visit Bradenton Gulf Islands team and friends. This special broadcast was part of Visit Bradenton Gulf Island’s Restaurant Month campaign, where for 30 days in October you can eat more and spend less in the Bradenton area. You can even win a five-night stay complete with round trip airfare and restaurant vouchers. Just post a picture of yourself enjoying the

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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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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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John Horne featured in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Magazine

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Magazine is the trade publication for Florida’s hospitality industry. This magazine supports the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to “Protect, Educate and Promote” Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry, representing 1.4 million employees, making it the state’s number one industry. We are incredibly honored to be featured in this publication… The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is such a great asset to the Florida hospitality & tourism industry, and we appreciate this organization so much. We’re counting down the days to the Marketing & Operations Summit this August — looking forward to it! Take a look

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AMOB’s trip to Washington, D.C.

  Amanda and I were so thrilled to share the honor of visiting Washington, DC to accept the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award with some of our AMOB family members. Joining us were two of our Ellenton team members, Chris Whittaker and Michael Madden, both of whom went above and beyond to help facilitate the first-ever Dive Into Reading program at our Ellenton location in June 2017.   My Dad, Lynn Sr., was also able to join us, which was great although we missed my Mom (who wasn’t feeling well and opted to stay home….really we think

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Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s Summer Reading Program Recognized Nationally

BRADENTON, Fla. (April 17, 2018) – Anna Maria Oyster Bar received the 2018 Restaurant Neighbor award in recognition of their efforts to help children avoid summer learning loss, known as the summer slide, through the Dive Into Reading summer program. The annual award is part of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) celebration of the “best of the best” in diversity and inclusion, community service and hospitality leadership. Only seven winners were selected from hundreds of nominations. “We have a long tradition of recognizing and encouraging diversity and inclusion, celebrating community engagement and recognizing our industry icons,” said Rob

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Oysters recipe gets rave reviews

Where do your recipes come from? I hear that a lot. “Do your chefs come up with menu items?” Well, we don’t have chefs at the Oyster Bars; we have cooks that love to eat and cook. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ annual food & wine tasting event, Forks & Corks, was last month, and when we were trying to decide what item to feature, of course, our Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle Oysters was our 1st choice, but we’ve served them (to everyone’s delight) three years in a row.   We thought it might be time to serve something different, and since we

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AMOB on the Pier featured on Metro

Metro, a news outlet based in the United Kingdom, recently featured Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier in one of their articles. Metro is the largest free newspaper and third biggest newspaper in the United Kingdom. Dating back to 1999, Metro offers a variety of pieces and sections for its readers. This can take the form of the latest showbiz gossip, the funniest and oddest stories from around the world, and the best opinion pieces, without a party political standpoint to have to worry about. Hattie Gladwell, a Lifestyle Writer for Metro, took a recent visit across the pond

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