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Pattigeorge’s under contract to Columbia Restaurant Group

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Another Longboat Key landmark is closing.

Pattigeorge’s Restaurant following more than four decades of waterfront seafood dining is under contract with the Columbia Restaurant Group.

Pattigeorge’s, which is owned by restauranteur Tommy Klauber, has been a Longboat Key favorite known for its fusion seafood cuisine and especially its Chilean Sea Bass and Lobster Tails. The sale, is due to close on Tuesday, June 28, and the Columbia Restaurant Group has declined to comment until after the transaction is closed.

The restaurant was most recently bought by Murf Klauber in 1997, and his son, Tommy Klauber soon became the Chef Owner and helped define the menu and culinary approach over the next 19 years.

Sources told Longboat Key News that the Columbia Restaurant Group intends to leave intact enough of the existing structure, which is located at 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to allow the restaurant to retain its intimate on-grade view that affords the renowned waterfront intimacy the facility currently enjoys. Sources have told the News that the new restaurant owners will be allowed by the town to fill in the boat ramp area and offer outdoor dining and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Additionally, the new restaurant owners wish to name the restaurant ‘The Buccaneer,’ which pays homage to another Longboat Key landmark restaurant that closed more than a decade ago.

The Columbia Restaurant Group currently owns seven restaurants in Florida including Columbia as well as Cha-Cha Coconuts on St. Armands Circle.

The Columbia Restaurant was founded in 1905 in Tampa and is known as Florida’s oldest restaurant, as well as the world’s largest Spanish restaurant.

Pattigeorge’s is a previous winner of Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Award. But apart from awards and its signature menu offerings, perhaps the greatest asset of Pattigeorge’s is its loyal customers.

After news of the sale started to circulate on Friday afternoon, numerous locals approached General Manager Sandy Wooten and thanked her for not only her constant presence and gracious service, but also for providing one of their favorite destination restaurants and happy hour offerings.

Pattigeorge’s, if the sale goes through on Tuesday, marks yet another landmark Longboat Key restaurant to change ownership. Last year, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant in the Village sold after more than 40 years of continuous operation and ownership to the owners of The Shore Restaurant who are currently building at the site and hope to open by the end of the year.

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3 Responses for “Pattigeorge’s under contract to Columbia Restaurant Group”

  1. Carl F. Berg says:

    As condo renter for the past five years on Longboat Key, Patti Georges Restaurant was always one of our favorites for multiple visits. Unfortunately, we are rare condo renters who enjoy a libation or two at the bar prior to dinner. At most LBK and St. Armonds dining establishments we now have “Bar Waiters” not bartenders.
    We arrive for an 8:30 P.M. reservation at 8 p.m. and find a full bar of what I call “Diner patrons” possessing every stool from usually 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    I have my ideas of why people eat full course meals at bars; Forgot to plan a reservation, all alone twosome, its “cool” or whatever.
    I find this practice of recent years ridiculous. I know its a financial decision for all involved, but not to use 100% of all bar stools.

  2. Dottie and Charlie Korbuly says:

    So sorry to see the Klauber presence on Longboat diminish. They are the best family restaurateurs this Island could ever have. We shall miss you and your fried lobster tails. God bless!

    Dottie and Charlie Korbuly

  3. Ross P. Alander says:

    Great move for Columbia and LBK. They have an excellent reputation for quality food/service and community involvement throughout the state
    Ross P. Alander
    Longboat Key/Tampa

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