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The owners of Shore, a chic second floor restaurant and craft cocktail bar on St. Armands Circle, have opened their new Longboat Key destination.

The waterfront location on Broadway Street, on the Manatee County side of Longboat Key just south of Longboat Pass, replaces Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, which operated for over four decades before closing in 2015. The property was purchased by Tom Leonard and Mark Caragiulo for $3.2 million.

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The new restaurant, sandwiched between the Longboat Key public pier and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, sits on 400 feet of waterfront with a 300-foot dock offering bayside access to boaters.

Tom and Susan Leonard first opened Shore as a retail clothing store at St. Armands Circle in 2008. They opened their first restaurant by the same name above their retail location four years later with the help of their business partner, Mark Caragiulo.

John Mays, co-owner of the mid-century modern restaurant that will open at 800 Broadway St., told the Herald-Tribune that Shore decided to place their expansion in Longboat Key because “it’s a one-of-a-kind jewel on the West Coast.

The new restaurant seats about 185 people.

The menu is similar to the one at Shore’s St. Armands Circle location, but likely will adapt for new customers. The dishes are undeniably Floridian, but have an Asian flair; ahi tuna with Key West shrimp and baby bok choy shares the dinner menu with choices like Tabasco-honey marinated fried chicken.

Mays also said he plans on incorporating the Taste of Shore menu, which offers cheaper, smaller portions of popular dishes for customers looking to add some variety to their meal.

"Shore restaurant is our expression of a mid-century, alfresco coastal eatery," reads The Shore LBK Facebook page. "Creative recipes are our specialty, combined with local favorites, all served in our open air dining space."

For more information, call 941-259-4600 or visit

Dino's Pizza in Sarasota sold after 40 years

After four decades of serving pizza to the Sarasota community, Dino's Pizza has been sold.

The pizzeria at 4290 Bee Ridge Road owned by the Fasanelli family had its final day Aug. 30. The business has been sold to Hillary and Matt Koester of Gainesville-based chain Five Star Pizza, which is opening another location there.

Dino's Pizza was known for offering pizza either traditionally or buffet-style. The new Five Star will not keep the buffet, but it will offer a few signature Dino's items exclusively at that location.

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"As we say farewell, we would like the community to keep in mind that small businesses are what gives the community a sense of home and culture," the family said in a statement. "Please continue to support small business in Sarasota, such as Dino’s was."

Five Star Pizza uses 100 percent mozzarella from Wisconsin in its pizza, and is particularly popular in Florida college areas. It has two previously opened Sarasota-Manatee locations in Sarasota on Stickney Point Road and Bradenton on 34th St. W.

For more information on Five Star Pizza, visit

Eatiny Thai & Sushi opening

The grand opening of the new Eatiny Thai & Sushi will take place in October after the owners refurbish the former Star Thai & Sushi in Sarasota Commons.

"We are brightening the interior with lighter wallpaper and paint and creating a more modern look,” said proprietor Aphinya Thana, who, along with her husband co-owner Ponkrit Cheykhamsand, are natives of Thailand. “We will be closed for a few weeks during the remodeling.”

The new restaurant, which seats 50 diners, offers authentic Thai dishes as well as some Japanese selections and a wide array of sushi options. Thana says the pad Thai soft shell crab, spaghetti drunken noodles and green curry are house specialties and among sushi favorites are the volcano, dragon and dynamite.

To satisfy the sweet tooth, Eatiny offers mango coconut jelly plus green tea chocolate chip almond ice cream. Beer, wine and sake are available and catering and delivery services are provided.

Located at 935 N. Beneva Road, Eatiny Thai & Sushi will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant may be reached at 941-706-3848 or online at

Alvin’s Island opening

An upscale new restaurant including a large terrace roof-top area is about to be constructed at Alvin’s Island on St. Armands Circle.

"We’re closing the store after Labor Day to completely remodel the downstairs store and adding a second-floor 3000-square-foot restaurant and outdoor area, said David Hemmo, store supervisor. “We’ll be closed for the renovation and expect to be finished in about six months.”

Alvin’s Island, a longtime fixture on the Circle, is a souvenir/surf shop with “all you need to reach the beach.” The structure was built in the ‘50s and, according to Hemmo, is due for modernization. “It will be a more California surf vibe,” he said. “The restaurant upstairs will feature indoor and outdoor seating and full bars.”

Alvin’s Island is located at 462 John Ringling Boulevard and may be reached at 941-388-1160. 

Bradenton's Motorworks Brewing opening Orlando location

One of Sarasota-Manatee's most acclaimed breweries is expanding its stretch further in Florida.

Bradenton's Motorworks Brewing has announced plans to open a second brewery and taproom in downtown Orlando. It opened its original location five years ago within a historic, nearly century-old red brick building in downtown Bradenton.

The Orlando location will feature a seven-barrel brewhouse and a taproom with 30 beers on draft, including award-winning brews like the Pulp Fiction Grapefruit IPA and V-Twin Vienna Lager. The taproom will also offer wine, coffee products, packaged beer and wood-fired pizza.

Like the downtown Bradenton location, the Orlando building is a former car dealership, situated on downtown Orlando's main drag of Orange Avenue. It plans to add a covered outdoor patio.

"Orlando is leading the nation in job growth, and we're thrilled to be able to provide both professionals and students in the Central Business District and beyond with fresh, award-winning craft beers," Motorworks president and co-founder Denise Tschida said in a statement.

It's the second Sarasota-Manatee brewery to officially expand elsewhere in Florida, with Sarasota's Big Top Brewing Company previously opening Gainesville and Pensacola locations. The new owner of Bradenton's 3 Keys Brewing has also expressed interest in another location, potentially in Orlando or Fort Lauderdale.

Motorworks Brewing's current location is 1014 9th St. W. in Bradenton. For more information, call 941-567-6218 or visit

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar expands menu

Popular Sarasota waterfront restaurant Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, overlooking the creek of the same name, has added multiple food and drink items to its menu.

Customers can now order the King's Seafood Boil, a dish featuring Alaskan king crab, cold water lobster, peel-and-eat shrimp and steamed mussels served with corn on the cob, garlic bread and red-skinned potatoes, all designed to feed two to three people. They've also added linguini and middle neck clams and a fried whole belly clam sandwich.

Other new menu items include a Hawaiian lobster cocktail served in a fresh coconut shell, Caribbean chopped salad with marinated grilled shrimp skewers and tempura lobster mac and cheese. Two cocktails, a cucumber jalapeno margarita and frozen key lime pie drink, have also been added.

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar is at 5353 S. Tamiami Trail and is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 941-925-4444 or visit

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