Sean Murphy, owner of the Eat Here restaurant family and Beach Bistro, announced June 22 the transition of Eat Here’s downtown Sarasota location to World of Beer.
“World of Beer contacted us with an unsolicited but very compelling offer,” Murphy said.
The Eat Here restaurants on Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key will continue offering chef-focused, chef-crafted, coastal cuisine at their respective locations.
Murphy said he thinks the World of Beer will do well at the urban park location at Links and Main. “There is a momentous excitement brewing in the neighborhood now with the opening of McCurdy’s comedy store. The World of Beer will be a great addition to a refreshed entertainment district.”
He said many of the Eat Here Sarasota staff will be offered positions at his other restaurants.
Murphy applauded his Sarasota landlords, the Kauffman family, saying “Dr. Kauffman is a true gentlemen. He loves our blue tomato soup and I’ve promised him every month to bring him a quart.”
Dean Lambert, a managing partner for World of Beer on University Parkway, said he’s excited about the new location. “It will be an excellent showcase for our extensive offerings of craft beer and our new food menu. World of Beer will be opening on Main in the early fall.”
World of Beer will be co-sponsoring the Beach Bistro Culinary Winter Carnival in January 2015. The event features the best chefs of the south, winemakers, chef bartenders and now, beer craftsmen, at a culinary celebration on Anna Maria Island that benefits children’s hospitals.
Eat Here Anna Maria Island is at 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and can be reached at 941-778-0411. Eat Here Siesta Key is at 240 Avenida Madera, Sarasota, 941-346-7800, or online at www.eathereflorida.com.
Eat Here’s Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key locations are named among Florida’s “best new restaurants” in Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Awards.