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Sarasota-Manatee Originals Is Thrilled To Announce The Addition Of New Members


As you know, Sarasota-Manatee Originals champions independent restaurants and passionate restaurateurs who bring them to life. By choosing to dine at an Originals member restaurant, you directly support these local heroes who are dedicated to culinary excellence and deeply invested in our community.

Together, SMO and its Members strive to celebrate the unique flavors of our Suncoast. Their local roots and impressive talents have cultivated a diverse and innovative restaurant scene unlike any other. From the northern shores of Anna Maria Island to the southern beaches of Venice, Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants offer a delightful surprise and guaranteed satisfaction at every turn.

Here at SMO, we're always looking to expand our community, and these four restaurants are perfect examples of what makes the Originals so special. These restaurants are renowned for dishes that capture the essence of Florida's West Coast, bursting with flavor, color, and the vibrant culture of the region.

We are thrilled to welcome Kolucan, Marcel, Station 400, and Chaz 51 Steakhouse to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals family!

We look forward to sharing more news about these restaurants with you and hope you get the opportunity to dine with them soon.  Let’s get to know these new Members, shall we?


At the end of 2023, Kolucan in Sarasota became a new member of Sarasota-Manatee Originals.  It is such a thrill to have them join our SMO community.  We hope you get a chance to visit them soon if you haven’t done so already.

When you visit Kolucan you can prepare yourself for a culinary journey infused with an array of sensational flavors, meticulously crafted by their skilled chefs who seamlessly blend classic Mexican methods with innovative twists. At Kolucan, guests are invited to experience the perfect blend of premium ingredients and traditional dishes, each infused with a modern twist that tantalizes the taste buds and ignites the senses. 

When you are a guest at Kolucan you are not merely a diner but an explorer of Mexican culinary heritage. Their commitment to celebrating vibrant Mexican culture extends beyond the plate. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere brimming with authenticity and warmth as you enjoy their elevated cuisine, sip on handcrafted cocktails expertly curated to complement their dishes, and peruse their events calendar which offers an array of experiences.


SMO happily added Marcel DW to the list of members.  Marcel is a restaurant created by chefs Jeremy Duclut and Jonathan Warfield. The duo has been working together in the culinary industry for 24 years and has successfully managed multiple establishments in St. Pete since 2010. Recently, they took over a popular downtown Sarasota hotspot in May of 2023, Marcel.

Marcel is the perfect destination to treat your visiting family and friends to an unforgettable dining experience. The atmosphere strikes a perfect balance between elegance and intimacy, creating a welcoming ambiance. Marcel prides itself on offering signature dishes that cater to diverse palates, including delightful vegetarian options, ensuring there's something for everyone at the table. The braised beef short ribs are known to be the favorite among guests, but the entire menu is thoughtfully curated, and each dish is phenomenal.

Jeremy and Jonathan's vision has revitalized the 1500 block area, bringing forth two additional culinary additions. The Wooden Rooster, nestled in Sarasota, delights patrons with unique crepes and superb coffee daily from 7 am to 5 pm. Meanwhile, Marcel opens its doors every evening at 5, destined to become your go-to dinner spot. Alongside their culinary prowess, Marcel boasts an expertly crafted cocktail menu, featuring selections familiar to patrons of Sarasota's beloved Pangea Alchemy Lab, which remains unchanged at 1564 Main, serving exceptional craft cocktails from 5 in the evening onwards.

Chaz 51 Steakhouse

We are thrilled to welcome Chaz 51 Steakhouse to Sarasota-Manatee Originals. They recently became members of our community, and we couldn't be more excited to have them on board. If you haven't had the chance to visit Chaz 51 Steakhouse yet, we highly recommend you give them a try.

Located in the heart of Venice, Florida, Chaz 51 Steakhouse is the perfect destination for anyone craving a mouthwatering steak or the freshest seafood. With an impressive selection of Prime Angus beef and a variety of freshly caught seafood, this culinary gem promises to delight your taste buds.

Led by the renowned Chef Charles Amherst, Chaz 51 guarantees an unforgettable dining experience that exceeds all expectations. You can also enjoy the inviting ambiance of their cozy bar, a favorite spot for happy hour among the locals, or the lively energy of their live music nights. If you're planning a special event or celebration, Chaz 51 also offers private dining and event-hosting options.

Station 400

We are thrilled to share the news that Station 400 has become a part of Sarasota-Manatee Originals. We warmly welcome them to our community and recommend visiting their two locations. The flagship restaurant is located in a beautifully restored old train station in downtown Sarasota, while the other one is on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

As soon as you step inside the downtown Sarasota location, you'll be transported back in time. The restaurant has a fascinating history. It was originally built in 1852 as a charming railroad depot in Kentland, Indiana. The building was then taken apart and brought piece by piece to Sarasota's Rosemary District, where it was carefully reconstructed. The result is a unique atmosphere that invites patrons to immerse themselves in the past while enjoying their meals.

This beloved family-owned establishment is known for providing an exceptional brunch experience. You can start your day with a chef-curated menu that showcases the finest locally sourced ingredients and inventive spins on classic brunch dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for fluffy pancakes or eggs benedict, Station 400 offers a range of delectable options to satisfy every palate. Their passionate team provides impeccable service, enhancing your brunch experience with a choice of refreshing beers, select wines, or tantalizing specialty mimosas.

Visiting these restaurants and the rest of our members’ restaurants will always be a good time with an amazing dining experience and a friendly atmosphere.  Which one of these restaurants will you be dining at soon?  

As always, Eat Like A Local.