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Celebrating Local Gems: Anniversary Milestones For 4 Beloved Restaurants


Let’s raise a glass to our incredible local restaurants! This year marks a milestone anniversary celebration for several of our favorites. From Sage, delighting us for the past five years, to icons like Harry's and the Sandbar, reaching an impressive forty-five years, it's a true testament to their enduring appeal. These locally owned and independent restaurants are the heart and soul of our community, offering delicious food, warm hospitality, and a unique dining experience. Let's show our appreciation by joining them in celebrating their achievements!

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Celebrating five years, Sage – a historic hotspot beloved for its “worldly cuisine and inspired cocktails” – has been delighting downtown Sarasota regulars since 2019. This is just the beginning for co-owners Sharon Carole and executive chef Christopher Covelli, as new collaborations and culinary creations are in store for 2024. “Reaching our five-year milestone is not just a testament to our dedication; it's a celebration of the incredible journey we've shared with our guests, our talented culinary team and staff, and the vibrant Sarasota community,” Covelli said. “Sharon and I are incredibly excited for what's in store as we embark on this milestone year at Sage. Our guests' trust over these years has allowed us to push boundaries, explore new flavors, and create unforgettable dining experiences. Along with co-executive chefs Brett Wagner and Vinnie Savadel, we look forward to continuing to surprise and delight our guests with innovative dishes and elevate our culinary journey together.”

In honor of their 5th anniversary, Sage unveiled a delightful new seasonal menu. This innovative culinary adventure reflects the restaurant's history, offering starters like Nori Cake with caviar and a Tandoori Caesar salad. Luxurious options include the Duo of Foie Gras, while main courses cater to all palates with Seared Halibut, Duck Confit, a Vegan Wellington, and a dry-aged Porterhouse. Refreshing cocktails and decadent desserts round out this exciting new offering.

To view the entire seasonal menu, visit

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With 25 years of success, Mi Pueblo – featuring two locations in Sarasota and one in Venice – never ceases to garner raves for its Mexican fare. “I recognize how special it is to have not only survived but thrived for this long in this industry. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our amazing customers and staff who really have become part of our family,” said Mi Pueblo co-owner Bonifacio Caro, adding that co-owner and founder Hugo Nuñez is retiring this year.

“For our anniversary, we’re having a Mi Pueblo Memories campaign this summer. We’re asking customers to share with us their memories, photos, and stories about how Mi Pueblo has been a part of their lives, and 25 of our favorite entries will be awarded gift certificates.” Cinco de Mayo this year will also be especially unique, with a “Circo de Mayo” circus theme and a highwire performance by Blake Wallenda at the University location.

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Turning 45, this Longboat Key locale is the pride of owners Harry and Lynn Christensen, who first opened Harry’s in 1979 as a takeout-only restaurant. The spot has expanded over the decades to include a sit-down restaurant, a catering business, a corner store, and a gourmet deli and bakery. “Every year, we kept investing in ourselves,” Lynn Christensen said, to which Harry Christensen added, “We kept on going without looking back. We have seen generations of families come through Harry’s. We’ve catered their christenings, weddings, reunions, and now our next generation of Christensens gets to experience the same for generations to come.”

The Christensens plan to celebrate Harry’s anniversary all year long with exciting events and specials, including a four-course, prix-fixe menu for $45. Longer-term, there will be an expansion and restaurant renovations.




In addition to celebrating the 45th anniversary of the 1979-established Sandbar this year, Chiles Hospitality – known for brands like Beach House, Mar Vista, and Anna Maria Bake House – is also ushering in some new happenings at Gamble Creek Farms in Parrish. With the growing popularity of farm-to-table dining experiences and outdoor celebrations, Gamble Creek Farms has completed a new deck for hosting private events and lunch gatherings. “Chiles Hospitality’s events team is skilled at curating these unique outdoor experiences, and catering is available from one of our three restaurants: Beach House, Sandbar, and Mar Vista,” the Chiles team said. “The 26-acre farm is also offering farm tours to schools and other interested groups with the goal of educating visitors about caring for the environment, different locally grown produce, and sustainable agriculture.” Another new addition is an indoor microgreen garden that allows customers to buy microgreens directly from the farm.

A champion of sustainability, learn more about the Chiles Hospitality family and their environmental initiatives here.

We at Sarasota-Manatee Originals want to express our heartfelt thanks for your unwavering support. Reaching milestones like these anniversaries wouldn't be possible without our loyal customers and their continued visits. The Florida restaurant scene is fiercely competitive, so achieving longevity is a true accomplishment for our member restaurants. We at Sarasota-Manatee Originals raise a toast to these restaurants and all our members who are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience. We thank you for being a part of their journey!

As Always, Eat Like A Local!