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Meet the Family

Meet the Family

Here at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, it’s a family affair!

Whether our crew is related by blood or by sweat, what makes our restaurants truly great are the folks who keep them running smoothly.  From sweeping the floors to shucking oysters, every job is important and helps ensure that our guests have an awesome, FUN experience…. and come back for more!

Speaking of fun, our goal is for our guests to have fun… and for that to happen, our crew has to have fun.  We try to create a fun atmosphere at all of our locations… you can always tell if a restaurant staff enjoys where they work.  If they’re having fun, it’s gonna be fun for the guests as well.

And as Jimmy Buffett says (and painted on walls at two of our locations), “Be Yourself, Be Pleasant, Play Hard and Have No Regrets.”  Click here for an application to join the family!

Below, meet some of the people who lead the Anna Maria Oyster Bar management team.

 

Introducing………El Presidente

Introducing………El Presidente

el gran jefe

An almost 40 year veteran of the hospitality industry, John began his career at the iconic Fast Eddie’s Place on Anna Maria Island before opening his own restaurants in 1996.

The big boss, as he’s known….. John Horne has the biggest heart of anyone we know!  A proud community activist, in 2017 John also celebrates TWENTY YEARS at the helm of the four Bradenton area Anna Maria Oyster Bars.  The first location opened on the Anna Maria City Pier in 1997.  Read John’s memories from over the years through the “12 Cheers for 20 Years” campaign here!

At the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, you will find fun, festive restaurants where great staff serve the fresh, delicious food at a great value in a family-friendly atmosphere. John and his 325 co-workers have received many accolades over the years including Small Business of the Year awards from both the Manatee & Sarasota Chambers, over 70 People’s Choice Favorites as well as numerous philanthropic, hospitality, and tourism awards.

John is very passionate about education and helping his community, but life is not all about work…along with his wife Amanda, John enjoys traveling anywhere there’s a cooking class with wine involved!

It seems like John and his wife Amanda are always doing SOMETHING……. Learn more about the Hornes and their impact on our local community here.

 

 

“The Guys”

“The Guys”


Gary Harkness

GM & Managing Partner – Cortez O-Bar

Gary Harkness left Northern Ireland for Bradenton in 1980 where he was a rear gunner on a milk float in Belfast. He writes, “It was a great move and I found paradise! No more cold rainy days for me.” Gary hooked up with John Horne at a joint on Anna Maria Island called Fast Eddie’s, and has been in the restaurant business ever since because he loves the people he meets. Gary has one 28-year-old daughter in Wisconsin, with whom he’s planning a trip to go back home to Ireland to visit his 83-year-old mother. Gary also loves golf…. and telling lies!!!!!

tim bingham

GM & Managing Partner – Ellenton O-Bar

Tim Bingham is a native of Kentucky who moved to Florida in 1996.  He has been part of the AMOB family for 12 years, joining us from Johnny Leverock’s Seafood House.  His favorite Oyster Bar menu items are the Hangover and “Tim’s One Night Stand” Bloody Mary, served during Brunch at AMOB on the Pier.  In his free time he enjoys running and spending time with his two children.

ken device

General Manager – Landside O-Bar

Ken DeVice moved to Florida in 1980 and has been a part of AMOB for over 13 years. Previously, Ken worked with Roadhouse Grill, El Conquistador Country Club (prior to being known as the IMG Golf & Country Club) and Lone Star Steakhouse. At the Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Ken loves the Baby Back Ribs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, spending time with family and watching NASCAR.

lynn horne

Director of Purchasing & Managing Partner – AMOB on the Pier

Born and raised in Bartow​, FL, Lynn has been married to Sandy for 27+ years with 3 children: Nic, Jake Ann and Trey; and 2 grandchildren Audrianna​ and Trenton. He moved to Bradenton in 2009​ to​ join the family business. Lynn became a member of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society in 2010, serving on the Board of Directors, and currently is the Captain of the Crewe of De Soto. Lynn loves the outdoors whether hunting, golfing or on a boat.

greg guevara

General Manager – Landside O-Bar

Greg Guevara was born and raised in West Texas, and has been married to the Carole for 31+ years. They have five children together: Danielle, Josh, Kelsey, Gabe and Grayson. Over the last 20 years, Greg has had extensive managing partner experience. Greg is a huge sports fan, who has coached youth soccer, basketball and baseball; and was a leader in UPWARD’s Christian program for several years. His vision is to make a difference in someone’s life, be a man his family is proud of and to be a great role model for all children.