Mandeville Beer Garden takes root in Rosemary District

Mandeville Beer Garden takes root in Rosemary District

Pic by Nick Friedman

Sipping a beer with her brother in Lowry Beer Garden during a trip to their native Denver, Rebekah Mandeville-Gelvin had a thought.

“I wish we had something like this in Sarasota,” she thought aloud as she surveyed the outdoor beer garden, lush with greenery and brimming with energy.

“Why not?” her brother replied.

That was 2013. Today, she’s less than two months away from realizing that dream in the form of Mandeville Beer Garden — Sarasota’s first true beer garden, located at 428 N. Lemon Ave. in the Rosemary District.

(It’s OPEN!!) As the grand opening approaches, Mandeville-Gelvin says she’s excited to open an establishment where people from all walks of life can come and enjoy themselves.

“Sarasota doesn’t have a place where people can go to enjoy the fruits of all of our brewers’ labors,” she says. “There are people doing incredible work here, and to be able to showcase that in the form of a beer garden, it’s really an intangible thing. It’s about the experience.”

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Serenoa Golf Club fetches $3.3 million

Serenoa Golf Club fetches $3.3 million.

88-year old woman driver plows through Starbucks storefront in Sarasota (Bee Ridge & Beneva)

88-year old woman driver plows through Starbucks storefront in Sarasota (Bee Ridge & Beneva)

That’s what you get when you try to, ‘Throw Mama from the train!’

photo courtesy of Timothy Raines

Photo courtesy of Timothy Raines

Via David Conway of This Week In

Customers at a local Starbucks got an unexpected jolt after a vehicle plowed into the coffee shop this afternoon.

The Starbucks at 3571 Bee Ridge Road was evacuated after a driver crashed a vehicle into the business’ glass storefront. Emergency services responded to a call about the incident at 1:35 p.m. today.

The crash occurred after a woman drove over a wheel stop in the parking lot and into the structure itself, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kaitlyn Johnston. The crash shattered some glass and also damaged the frames of the window, she said, and authorities are currently in the process of clearing the scene

Ragnar Key West Results – 2015

Ragnar Key West Results – 2015

It’s Ragnar time! Miami to Key West 2015

It’s that time of year again…  RAGNAR

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I am unable to participate this year and instead wanted to give a shout out to the Running Bad crew!

Among all the teams, I have heard the Sarasota area has upwards of 12 total teams, including Standard and Ultra teams.  That is impressive!  Go Sarasota Teams!

My wife and I will see some of you down in the keys as we kept our rooms and are gonna have a quick little vacation instead.

Have fun and Ragnar on!

Ivory Lounge lawsuit against condo owners continues

Ivory Lounge lawsuit against condo owners continues

by: Alex Mahadevan via The

The battle between a downtown Sarasota nightclub owner and his residential neighbors at 50 Central Ave. will continue in court after a judge’s action this week.

Circuit Court Judge Rochelle Curley on Tuesday denied Plaza at Five Point Condominium Association’s request to dismiss the lawsuit Ivory Lounge owner Ambrish Piare filed last year. The suit claims condo owners have made false claims and defamed the bar in order to shut it down.

“Obviously, we’re very pleased,” said attorney Andrea Mogensen, who is representing Piare and his firm Jarala Entertainment in the suit. “We’ll begin to engage in discovery and proceed with litigation.”

In early 2014, the city of Sarasota rejected claims Plaza at Five points residents made that the nightclub violated its conditional-use permit, deprived residents their right to quietly enjoy their units, lowered their property values and operated as an “adult cabaret.” Mogenson said that complaint is just one of several “well-documented” incidents cited in the suit.

“The acts of the (Plaza at Five Points owners) were intentional, spiteful, malicious, without justification and made with a  purpose to,” interfere with the Ivory Lounge’s lease and operations, harm business relationships and compel the city to revoke the bar’s permit, according to the May 12 complaint.

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Benderson unveils new hotel plans

Benderson unveils new hotel plans

by: Pam Eubanks | Senior Editor via

Benderson Development is one step closer to fulfilling its vision to make its University Town Center project a one-stop venue for visitors to Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The company last week broke ground on the first of several future hotels, totaling 500 rooms, surrounding The Mall at University Town Center.

The first is a 130-room Homewood Suites. The six-level hotel will be 79 feet tall and have 115,000 square feet.

“Our plan is a total deviation from Hilton’s prototype for the Homewood Suites flag,” said Todd Mathes, Benderson’s director of development. “Hilton scrutinized our plans over the past year or so and only very recently issued its approval.”

Mathes said the limited-service hotel will have significant upgrades in terms of finishes, design and materials. This includes higher quality furniture and a different design. “We stepped up everything,” he said.

The hotel is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.

Benderson Development (doing business as Buffalo Lodging Associates) owns and operates about 40 Hilton and Marriott brand hotels, including the Courtyard Sarasota University Park and Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch, across University Parkway. It typically builds within prototypical standards, but is making improvements to match the new Homewood Suites location with the aesthetics and quality of the surrounding properties.

Additionally, the Homewood Suites location, at the southwest corner of Cattlemen and DeSoto roads, will be a recognizable location.

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Village of the Arts obtains $120,000 for improved lighting

Village of the Arts obtains $120,000 for improved lighting


The wheels of government often turn slowly, but are turning steadily for Village of the Arts residents and business owners who have long expressed a desire for more lighting to enhance safety and for businesses to be allowed to remain open later at night.

City officials have approved allocating $120,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for village lighting. The village Ad Hoc Committee discussed options Thursday with city staff.

After a presentation from Jim McLellan, manager of the city Engineering Department, about options, the committee endorsed the city buying 23 new antique-style light poles and retrofitting 125 existing poles with light-emitting diode fixtures, which should brighten a portion of 13th Street West.

Darwin’s making an impact on the Homeless Community

Darwins making an impact on the Homeless Community

by Sean Dreznin

Darwin Santa Maria is the owner of Darwin’s restaurant and brewery.  He was recently conflicted with the issue of homelessness affecting his business, customers and surrounding neighborhood.  His restaurant is located on 4th St just off of Lemon Ave in the Rosemary District.

My new homeless friends Ricky and Brent cleaning Kumquat Court Downtown Sarasota! 2015 making a difference — at Darwin’s on 4th.”  Picture by DSM

Knowing Darwin, he always accepts a challenge and never backs down from an obstacle.

Fast forward approx. a week and Darwin has taken it upon himself and his staff to put some of the homeless to work!

“Getting to know my homeless neighbors Richard & Dorothy.. Richard will clean today the restaurant hoods and Dorothy will clean outside the restaurant! 2015 making a difference — at Darwin’s on 4th.”

Picture by DSM

Downtown Sarasota, Taco Bus, Bowling Alley, Evie’s, Jesse Biter… All kinds of new and exciting news for Main Street!

Downtown Sarasota, Taco Bus, Bowling Alley, Evie's, Jesse Biter… All kinds of new and exciting news for Main Street!.