Restaurant news: Joey D’s closing, Yolk’s roasted coffee shop is coming to Sarasota

Sarasota Bradenton, Florida – Here’s the latest news on restaurants and bars in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Joey D’s closes in downtown Sarasota

Co-owner Tommy Dennis told the Sarasota Herald Tribune that pizza chain Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria has closed its downtown Sarasota location for several reasons.

“We loved being downtown, but road construction that’s been going on for a long time and things like the pandemic were the reasons for our closure,” he said.

They plan to open another Joey D location in Sarasota within the next year. Additional local sites still open include East Sarasota, West Bradenton, Palmetto, and Venice.

Juice Bar opens in Burns Court

A new juice bar, Summer Tap, opened in April in the Burns Court area of ​​Sarasota. The store opens fresh juices and smoothies.

“The idea of ​​staying healthy and offering healthy products inspires me,” owner Galina Najibin told Sarasota magazine. “When my husband and I visited the Dominican Republic, we went to a juice bar where they immediately mixed the juice. It was very refreshing.”

Yolk Roasted Café is coming to Sarasota

The breakfast and brunch chain, The Toasted Yolk Café, has opened a franchise location in Sarasota, according to a press release. The Texas-based chain is known for its farm-to-table offerings and brunch experience.

The chain has 22 locations in Texas — doubling in size over the past two years — and expanding to other states, with 62 franchises planned in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee.

New gourmet store opens in Southside Village

A new gourmet food shop – two chefs at Hillview – has opened in the village of Southside. Owned by local chefs, Frank Embarlina and Melissa Lotti, the shop serves a mix of baked goods and savory foods, according to Sarasota Magazine.

“It’s basically a playground for us,” Embarlina said.

Midwestern Donut Shop opens Sarasota location

Jack’s Donuts, a Midwest donut shop, has opened its first Florida location on the North Tam Miami Trail in Sarasota.

“This is a first in Florida,” Andrea Ronchini, co-owner/manager of the Sarasota Herald Tribune said. “And we plan to open more in Florida in the future, plus we’ll be adding a lunch menu eventually.

Joseph’s Diner owners open a new restaurant in the original Nokomis location

The original owners of Joseph’s Diner have opened a new restaurant at the original Nokomis site at 625 N. Tamiami Trail.

Edmond and Alsina Prendi are back in the restaurant business with the renamed concept, Joseph’s Pizza & Grill, in a space that was briefly the home of Cucina Gloria.

“We’ve missed out on interacting with our customers,” Edmund Brindi told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “My wife and I love connecting with people by enjoying good food.”

They have reconfigured the space to give it a modern/rustic look and added pan-European dishes to their menu, as well as pizza and Italian items.

Opening a lemonade shop in Fruitville Commons

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade Stand opened the Sarasota location in Fruitville Commons.

Sarasota magazine reports that a lemonade store will be opening by the end of July by Andrew and Anju Lin, the husband-and-wife team who previously owned and operated the Lemon Bus food truck.

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