Restaurant News in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice: July 18-24

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Dining and drinking info for Sarasota and Manatee counties

What’s better on a hot summer day in Florida than a frozen daiquiri? A free frozen daiquiri!

That’s what the folks at Daiquiri Deck, a local favorite for more than 25 years, are offering at all four of their locations for National Daiquiri Day, which is Friday.

Stop in for a complimentary 10-ounce daiquiri of your choice from 11 a.m. to close. A purchase is necessary for the free beverage and there’s a limit of one per guest.

Daiquiri Deck is also raffling off “Free Daiquiris for a Year” on Friday at each location, along with other smaller Deck merch such as gift cards, Tervis Tumblers, hats and T-shirts.

Raffle times are scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Venice Daiquiri Deck, 6 p.m. at the St. Armands Circle Daiquiri Deck, and 7 p.m. at the Siesta Village and South Siesta Key Daiquiri Decks.

You can also enter to win free daiquiris for a year through Daiquiri Deck’s social media contests on Friday starting at 10 a.m.: three winners will be randomly selected from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and announced via social media.

In addition to the four Sarasota County locations, Daiquiri Deck — which offers a full food menu plus a raw bar in addition to beer, wine and its signature liquor libations — is working on its first Manatee County location.

Located in the Anna Maria Island city of Bradenton Beach, there’s a Daiquiri Deck currently under construction at 107 and 111 Bridge Street, next to Fish Hole Miniature Golf.

“The plan as of now is hoping to open late December,” said Liz Leone, public relations/marketing coordinator at Daiquiri Deck, in an email. 

For more information, visit daiquirideck.com

Blase Cafe update

Back in March, things looked a bit grim for Blase Cafe, a Siesta Key Village fixture since 1997.

Owner and chef Cynthia Breslin announced the opening of a new Blase Cafe in Sarasota’s Southside Village while noting the future of the original location was “pending on negotiations of the lease.”

Now, The Blase Cafe and its sister business in Siesta Village, 3.14 Pi Craft Beer & Spirits at the same 5263 Ocean Blvd. address, are set to stay “at least till the end of my lease, which is another year and half,” Breslin said.

And the opening date for new Blase Cafe, at 1920 Hillview St., has been pushed back a few months.

“I’m probably opening the second week in September,” Breslin said. “I don’t wanna open in the dead of August, I’d rather wait.”

Fans of the Blase Cafe in Siesta Village should feel right at home at the one opening in Southside Village.

“We’re going to have a seasonal menu, farm-to-table and a great martini menu,” Breslin told the Herald-Tribune. “It’s going to be a romantic place for grown-ups, just like Blase is now. I like to see people talking to each other, not watching TV. We’re going to have our own niche.”

For more information, call 941-349-9822 or visit theblasecafe.com.

Project Coffee opens

Project Coffee, the latest addition to downtown Sarasota’s growing number of coffee shops, held its soft opening last weekend. It’s at 538 S. Pineapple Ave. in the Burns Court district. 

As previously reported, Project Coffee is owned by Ian Steger, who earlier worked at Perq Coffee Bar in nearby Southside Village. Project Coffee will focus on economic and environmental sustainability, with its employees receiving a starting wage of $15 an hour and its menu featuring all-vegan food items and milk alternatives.

Coffee options include cappuccino, espresso and latte, while dishes include avocado toast, biscuits and carrot cake. Project Coffee joins Breaking Wave Coffee, which opened earlier this year on downtown Sarasota’s Main Street, and O&A Coffee and Supply, the mobile coffee bar that plans to open a storefront location next door to Breaking Wave.

Project Coffee’s current hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and it plans to eventually be open everyday. For more information, visit projectcoffee.us.

BubbaQue’s BBQ opening

BubbaQue’s BBQ, a down-home Southern eatery, will be opening in the former Boneyard BBQ in east Bradenton the beginning of August. Proprietors Jordan and Jason Kazbour, along with Jason’s brother Alex, are sprucing up the space, which holds 120 diners, and adding a decidedly Southern vibe. The family also owns several Hungry Howie’s Pizza restaurants in the area. The BubbaQue’s BBQ franchise originated in Chiefland (Levy County) and has grown to 12 locations in Florida.

The new barbecue joint will feature “real pit grilled” specialties like brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis ribs and chicken, plus much more. There are seven variations of nachos and starters like fried pickles or green tomatoes and corn dog nuggets, to name a few. Among house-made Dixieland sides are fried corn or okra, baked beans and mac ’n’ cheese. In addition, there are sandwiches, salads, a kids’ menu and desserts like banana pudding and brownies. Catering and delivery services are available, and a beer and wine license is in the works.

BubbaQue’s BBQ, at 6581 53rd Avenue E. (State Road 70 E), will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. For more information, call 941-896-6588 or visit bubbaquesbbq.com.

Fleming’s wine experience

This summer, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is introducing a personalized way to enjoy wine with dinner with its new Uncorked Wine Experience through July 31 (the wrong date appeared in last week’s Ticket). Guests may enjoy as many as six wines from the Duckhorn Vineyards of Napa Valley at a cost of $28 per person with a purchased dinner.

Participants also may also enter the Uncorked Sweepstakes through July 31 to win a trip for two to Napa Valley. For details on the sweepststakes visit flemingssteakhouse.com/uncorkedsweeps.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Sarasota, offers an exceptional menu of hand-cut steaks, an award-winning list of wines by the glass and seasonal menu selections showcasing locally-inspired chef creations. Fleming’s is located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota and may be reached at 941-358-9463 or online at flemingssteakhouse.com

 

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