The new Daiquiri Deck is set to open on Bridge Street in the Anna Maria Island city of Bradenton Beach.

Folks headed out to Anna Maria Island this weekend will have a new restaurant and bar to visit, one with some of the best views in Manatee County. The new Daiquiri Deck is set to open to the public Friday on Bridge Street in the tiny island city of Bradenton Beach.


Russell Matthes, Troy Syprett and Matthew Grover are the owners of Daiquiri Deck, which also has four locations in Sarasota County including the original one in Siesta Key Village.


"We are excited opening our fifth location in Manatee County and joining the Bridge Street Family on Anna Maria Island," Matthes said in a text. "It has been a long time in the making and we are proud of our end result. We will be providing the same great food and alcohol menu as our other locations and can’t forget our famous happy hour two-for-one daiquiris, daily from 3 to 7 p.m. We can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful sunsets that this island has to offer!"


The three-story, 14,000-square-foot Anna Maria Island restaurant, which will offer an extensive and diverse menu featuring oysters, various seafood entrees, sandwiches and pizza just like the other Daiquiri Decks, was built on a former empty lot where owner Jake Spooner, vice mayor of Bradenton Beach, used to let people park for free. Spooner’s store, Bridge Street Bazaar, has moved into the ground floor, and the restaurant is on the top two, with Daiquiri Deck’s famous frozen drink machines on both the second and third floors.


From the rooftop bar area, patrons will be able to enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Intracoastal Waterway, including the historic Bridge Street Pier, to the east. Other landmarks will be visible, as well, thanks to height restrictions that limit buildings on Anna Maria Island to three stories.


Matthes previously told the Herald-Tribune that Bridge Street’s old Florida charm was a big reason he and his partners chose to open the restaurant’s fifth location there. Daiquiri Deck currently has restaurants in Siesta Key Village, South Siesta Key, St. Armands Circle and Venice.


"It has Old Florida flair. It’s really authentic. We’re going to bring a little different flair to it, but we are trying to stay within that mode," Mathes said in November. "When the building is complete, you’ll see the colors coincide with the colors on Bridge Street."


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