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Restaurant review: Square 1 Sarasota

Restaurant review: Square 1 Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida (via Chris Kohatsu for Metromix) -- When burger joints announce an opening, not many take notice.  What can be said about another hamburger stand?  However, when Square 1 Burgers & Bar announced expansion into Sarasota, locals took notice. 

Consistently voted the favorite burger by Tampa and St. Petersburg residents, Square 1’s reputation preceded its opening.  With a full service bar, modern décor, and the tastiest burgers and sides, it’s a new burger joint that has quickly become a neighborhood favorite and quite possibly, Sarasota’s best burger.

Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates a season saved!

Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates a season saved!

Sarasota, FL -- Buffalo Wild Wings is honoring its promise to give away six free wings to anyone who signed its "Save our Season" petition on Facebook.

Despite the fact that the Buffalo Wild Wings' July 20 deadline passed before the labor disagreement was resolved, the company is lifting the date restriction and will give away more than 270,000 wings to the more than 45,000 supporters who signed the petition.

Fans who signed the petition will be notified through Facebook and coupons can be redeemed on gamedays in September.

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Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates a season saved!

Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates a season saved!

North Port, FL -- Buffalo Wild Wings is honoring its promise to give away six free wings to anyone who signed its "Save our Season" petition on Facebook.

Despite the fact that the Buffalo Wild Wings' July 20 deadline passed before the labor disagreement was resolved, the company is lifting the date restriction and will give away more than 270,000 wings to the more than 45,000 supporters who signed the petition.

Fans who signed the petition will be notified through Facebook and coupons can be redeemed on gamedays in September.

Previous Story: Support "Save our Season", you could get free wings

Jimmy John's offers $1 sandwiches to customers in Sarasota county

Jimmy John's offers $1 sandwiches to customers in Sarasota county

Sarasota, FL -- Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shops is celebrating its Tampa Bay presence by throwing a Customer Appreciation Day at locations across the Bay area, including those throughout Sarasota county.

On Thursday, June 23, Jimmy John’s will be selling select sandwiches for only $1.00!

Sandwich choices 1-6 on the menu will be available for just $1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at all Jimmy John's locations.

Restaurant review: Brasserie Belge

Restaurant review: Brasserie Belge

Sarasota, Florida (Chris Kohatsu, Metromix.com) -- On busy Main Street, Brasserie Belge held a quiet opening. Occupying the location previously belonging to a donut shop, the bistro opened its doors across from the bustling movie theatre to little fanfare. 

Slowly, patio tables and chairs appeared, a new banner went into the window, and new lighting and curtains were hung.  Within weeks, invitations were sent centered on Belgian beer tastings along with small plate specials.

The beer tastings were a hit, the menu well received, and now, a modern bustling bistro specializing in Belgian cuisine has staked its place in Sarasota.

For the full review, visit our entertainment sister site, Metromix.com.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals offers $33,000 in Discounted Dining Certificates

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals offers $33,000 in Discounted Dining Certificates

Kate Atkin, executive director of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, announced that the organization will be offering $33,000 in discounted dining certificates on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Atkin says that $50 certificates will sell for $35; $25 certificates will sell for $17.50; and $15 certificates will sell for $12.50.

Discounted dining certificates are available online only at: www.freshoriginals.com. After purchase, the certificates can be printed and used immediately.

“This represents savings of up to 30 percent,” says Atkin, explaining that this initiative is offered four times per year. “This is one of the ways we thank loyal customers and inspire those who may not have tried one of our member restaurants to experience our variety of dining options at a reduced price.”

Sarasota-Manatee Originals welcomes three new restaurant members

Sarasota-Manatee Originals welcomes three new restaurant members

Sarasota County, FL -- The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), a trade organization comprised of more than 50 independent restaurants from Anna Maria to Venice, FL, welcomed three new member restaurants last week: Aria European, First Street Chop House, and SoMa Diner.

“We warmly welcome our newest member restaurants," says Kate Atkin, SMO's executive director. "These forward-thinking owners and chefs exemplify exactly what The Sarasota-Manatee Originals represents; each strives to preserve our community’s unique culinary heritage while offering inspired cuisine and exemplary service. Their work is a celebration of Southwest Florida’s culinary distinctiveness, and they understand that our regional cuisine is part of what sets us apart from other coastal communities."

She adds that independently owned restaurants are "as integral to the Sarasota-Manatee region's economic picture as are our pristine beaches, wonderful climate and rich cultural amenities. Our restaurant industry is a business—and big business. It’s a vital part of the regional economy."