Amore lives on at Burns Court
Editor & Publisher
Amore has found new life and a new home.
Although Amore Restaurant will serve its last supper on Longboat Key in May, owner Howard Rooks said it will reopen in July at its new location in Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota.
Rooks told Longboat Key News that he is “overjoyed” because the entire staff, the manager, and the chef will all make the move to the property located at 437 Burns Court that Rooks has under contract.
This news turns around the loss of the restaurant and potentially employment for the nearly one dozen employees. Rooks sold the Longboat Key location to the town for $2.2 million and that purchase closed last month.
The town bought the 2.01-acre site at 555 Bay Isles Parkway to join an additional 2.8 acres it purchased in 2014 to develop into a Cultural Arts Center to be run by the Ringling College of Art & Design.
Rooks opened Amore in 2014, which previously housed the Plaza Restaurant owned by Paul Mattison.
Rooks said that many of the menu favorites from Amore will be served along with new offerings with a emphasis toward “small bites.”
The restaurant in Burns Court is located directly across from the movie theater and seats about 150 with an extensive covered patio. The site previously housed Utamaro Restaurant.
Rooks said there were almost tears of joy running down the face of the employees when he announced that he had secured a location and was able to make good on his desire to reopen Amore. Rooks said that not only will the restaurant staff all work at the new location, but the piano and nightly entertainment will also remain.