Our Story

About the Sarasota-Manatee Originals

Local is so much more than a place. It’s the people, businesses, cultures and flavors. It’s a community and collective of voices and ideas. That’s what makes supporting local so special.

It was fifteen years ago that members from the Sarasota and Manatee area’s restaurant community came together to unite independently owned restaurants and identify our region as a culinary destination. By bringing together restaurants through membership, we could showcase the best of our combined culinary offerings to a broader audience.

As our local, small businesses are able to grow together, they’re empowered to give back in even greater measure. Working toward shared success, the Originals proudly feed the reaped rewards back into their neighborhoods. Independent, locally-owned restaurants nourish their surroundings, strengthening the relationships, health, and economy of their community.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is dedicated to promoting and sustaining the local independent area restaurants, and providing diners with unique local flavor. Our Member restaurants help define our Suncoast, give it character and make it a memorable town to visit and live. We urge you to support our local independent restaurants here and across the country and encourage you to always “Eat Like A Local.”

Our Members

Today, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals consist of over 60 locally owned restaurants throughout Florida’s Suncoast, from the tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern beaches of Venice. Their owners and operators share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community while celebrating our rich Gulf-coastal lifestyle.

    The Originals Dining Guide

    No matter where you dine along our shoreline, you'll find surprises and satisfaction at restaurants owned by members of the Originals. These restaurateurs are famous for dishes that embody the flavors, color and culture of Florida's west coast. 

    Let this handy booklet be your guide to the dining delights that await you. Tuck it into your beach bag, briefcase or purse, and you'll always be prepared to make the most of what the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have to offer - anytime, anywhere. 

    Staff

    Sarah
    Firstenberger

    Executive Director
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    Veronica
    Clinton

    Event and Program Coordinator
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    Board Members

    Marc Grimaud

    President
    Owner, Café Gabbiano

    Nikki Logan Curran

    Vice President
    Owner/Editor, The Scout Guide Sarasota, Anna Maria & Boca Grande

    Mike Harb

    Board Treasurer
    Partner, Synthasys, LLC

    Emma Kate Silvestri

    Board Secretary
    Marketing Director, Venice Pier Group

    Darcy Arpke

    Board Member
    Co-Owner, Euphemia Haye

    Michael Klauber

    Founding Board President
    Co-Proprietor, Michael’s On East

    Liza Kubik

    Board Member
    Marketing Committee Chair
    Retired, Marketing Communication Specialist

    Joe Farrell

    Board Member
    Owner, Pop's Sunset Grill

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    Sarasota-Manatee Originals
    1215D S Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34239
    941-365-2800