Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO) is a community of over 60 locally-owned, independent restaurants located in the Manatee and Sarasota counties on Florida's Suncoast.
SMO works to preserve and celebrate the unique culinary legacy of our area. Our Members' deep local roots and world-class talent have led to some of the most diverse, original and creative restaurants anywhere.
The SMO organization supports the dedication of its Members, confident independent restaurateurs who put their hearts and souls into this industry and are the backbone of their communities. We do this through creative advertising, unique marketing events and opportunities, and forging strategic partnerships.
When members of the community pull together for a united cause, we give way beyond our individual means.
Together, the power becomes unlimited.
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals exists to promote dining in independently owned restaurants and collaborates to serve the interests of the the independent restaurateur in our community.
We believe in preserving and enhancing our local culinary legacy though collaborative partnerships with our members, customers, vendors and community. When you join The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, you become a part of something special.
Benfits of joining include: