Anna Maria Oyster Bar is overjoyed to announce that Cherise Sherwin, a staff member at the Landside Oyster Bar location, has been named the 2018 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s “Restaurant Employee of the Year.”


A wonderful member of the AMOB family for nearly twenty-one years (more precisely, since Day One at our Landside location which opened on September 15, 1997), Ms. Sherwin was honored for her hard work, dedication to the company, and generous spirit as a Hospitality Star of the Industry award winner.

Cherise is the heartbeat of Landside, and has built an enviable clientele at “her bar” who come specifically to see her each day. Nancy appreciates her help with Word Warp puzzles - and Cherise provides the newspaper ready at the correct page. She ensures each guest is taken care of in their own special way, like when she arranged for special seating for Jim, who is now on a mobility scooter and needed a taller chair that would lift to bar height. Then there’s Josie, from the retirement home next to the restaurant, who takes her morning walk to see Cherise every weekday, and no matter if open or not, she is greeted at the door with a hug, a smile and a welcome.

Cherise is family to so many Oyster Bar guests – whom she sees more often than most of their family members do. She remembers birthdays, anniversaries, grandchildren’s names, and most importantly — their favorite meals and cocktails. If she hasn’t seen a regular for a few days, she calls or visits. She calls their family members, and the families call Cherise to check on their loved ones, too! In more than a few cases, she has been asked to serve as executor of wills.


For nearly twenty one years, she has witnessed the growth of Anna Maria Oyster Bars, and been at the very heart of it. The wildly popular Birthday & Anniversary Club was her idea – now with over 12,000 members! Cherise walks with the AMOB “Shuck Cancer” Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, sells ducks for PACE Center for Girls, and volunteered to captain Dive Into Reading at Landside, the award-winning summer reading program for Title I elementary school children, making sure each one is fed, had a book, and is having fun and learning.

Anna Maria Oyster Gran Jefe John Horne notes, “Cherise and I were standing behind the bar on the Day we opened Landside…and she’s been there ever since. We’re still behind the same bar, 21 years later…and she’s still making her guests feel at home and taking awesome care of them…. often I’m still standing right beside her… right in the way!”

Mr. Horne continues, “Cherise started at Landside thinking she’d work for three months while she got acclimated to the area, and then find a job where she could stay for a while after moving from Wisconsin. All three of her children have worked with us at some time or another… including Kaylyn,

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Sarasota-Manatee Originals Restaurant Week

A Chance to “Dine to the Nines” October 1-14

SARASOTA, Fla. (September 17, 2018) – The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are thrilled to announce the return of Eat Like a Local Restaurant WeekOctober 1-14. Celebrating its third annual restaurant week, guests can “Dine to the Nines” this year at nearly 50 local and independently owned restaurants featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections. Breakfast and lunch menus are priced at $9, $19 or $29, and dinner menus at either $19, $29 or $39, depending on the restaurant.

“Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try our some of the most outstanding locally owned restaurants in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice,” said Sarah Firstenberger, Executive Director of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “With nearly every type of culinary experience imaginable represented, this is the perfect time to taste your way through our award-winning local restaurants.”

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Due to its overwhelming success, the annual restaurant week has been extended to two weeks (Oct. 1-14), allowing visitors and locals more time to explore the area’s amazing culinary landscape, added Firstenberger. Local favorites returning this year are Bijou Café, Mattison's and PIER 22. Diners are asked to share their experiences on social using the hashtag #EatLikeaLocal941.

For more information, visit to view participating restaurants and menu options, which are updated daily.

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About the Sarasota-Manatee Originals
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. With more than 50 restaurants the group has become the go-to resource for an “Eat Like a Local” experience. For more information, call 941-365-2800 or visit

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Enjoy $5 exclusive Pier specials!
It’s gorgeous on Anna Maria Island…come back to the island and help us bring all the locals back to help out all businesses on the island in September…THNX. You can't beat the beautiful views from the waterway at the Pier. And we're welcoming September with equally unbeatable deals available only at our Pier location! Whatever you're in the mood for... we've got you covered. Stop by and visit AMOB on the Pier to enjoy: 

$5 All You Can Eat fluffy Pancakes

$5 Bud Light Pitchers

$5 Fish Tacos (2) and an Ice Cold Margarita


THANK YOU for 21 years!
Hard to believe it's been TWENTY-ONE years since we opened our 1st O’Bar in town…September 15th, 1997! From our guests to the team, we can't thank you all enough for the continued support year after year. And since we're finally 21... we'd say it's time to party! So on Saturday September 15th, 2018 only… we're celebrating like it's '97 by rolling back our prices to opening day... $4.99 for our award-winning All You Can Eat Fish & Chips and $2.10 for Margaritas, Well Cocktails, and Select Drafts. Come party with us on September 15!


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