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Café Don Giovanni, the end of an era

Café Don Giovanni, the end of an era

That quaint little restaurant at 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive with the “12 star food” where generations enjoyed dinner together has closed it’s doors after 15 years of dedication and outstanding service to the Longboat Key community.  Many residents and visitors will feel the emptiness that now fills the space where the smell of garlic […]

April 18, 2017 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Tube Dude moving downtown

Tube Dude moving downtown

Tube Dude is leaving St. Armands Circle for a property on Main Street just east of South Osprey Avenue. Scott Gerber, the president of Sarasota’s tubular smiling sculpture company, has plans to place an 18-foot tubular giraffe in the yard at 1818 Main Street. He’s modifying the interior, which is the previous home of Victoria […]

July 23, 2016 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Pattigeorge’s under contract to Columbia Restaurant Group

Pattigeorge’s under contract to Columbia Restaurant Group

The new owners will be allowed by the town to fill in the boat ramp and offer outdoor dining and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

June 25, 2016 | Posted in Business, Key Dining, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Dining by boat or car on Longboat Key

Dining by boat or car on Longboat Key

Longboat Key offers boaters an array of restaurants.

April 11, 2016 | Posted in Business, Key Dining, Top Box | Read More »

Tyler’s Ice Cream coming to Longboat

Tyler’s Ice Cream coming to Longboat

Tyler’s Ice Cream will be coming to Longboat Key in a business partnership with the Lazy Lobster. The ice cream shop will be the only one on the key and it will be called Tyler’s of Longboat. Tyler’s of Longboat will be next door to the Lazy Lobster in the Centre Shops, and will open […]

January 19, 2016 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Beneva Flowers and Gifts acquires Exotica on Longboat; Dry Dock sells to Gecko’s owners

Beneva Flowers and Gifts acquires Exotica on Longboat; Dry Dock sells to Gecko’s owners

Beneva Flowers and Gifts has bought Exotica Florist on Longboat Key. The Sarasota-based florist on Thursday announced the purchase of Exotica Florist, which has operated on Longboat Key since 1992. The acquisition will enable Beneva Flowers to expand its local delivery to include all of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. The regional florist will […]

October 15, 2015 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

As Colony saga drones on, principal parties speak out

As Colony saga drones on, principal parties speak out

Court battles, appeals and eventually consolidation mark the future of the waterfront property that has lay dormant for five years.

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Maison Blanche named one of OpenTable’s best restaurants

Maison Blanche named one of OpenTable’s best restaurants

Longboat Key’s Maison Blanche made the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America list by OpenTable for 2014. Longboat Key’s Maison Blanche, as well as the new Seasons 52 at The Mall at University Town Center made the ranking as part of the 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards. These restaurants use OpenTable to book reservations and had […]

January 5, 2015 | Posted in Business, In the news, Key Dining | Read More »

Lido Key condo project takes off

Lido Key condo project takes off

Friday marked the latest development with the groundbreaking of Park Residences of Lido Key where 18 units will be completed within a year on the last developable vacant parcel on Lido Key.

November 17, 2014 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Real Estate, Top Box | Read More »

Longboat’s former north-end gas station under contract

Longboat’s former north-end gas station under contract

The site of the former Longbeach Chevron located at 6990 Gulf of Mexico Drive is under contract to be sold to Keller Williams real estate firm. Keller Williams plans to redevelop the existing building, which is 2,084 square-feet, according to Town of Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Director Alaina Ray, and could serve as an […]

November 11, 2014 | Posted in Business, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »