ShamWow: How Shamrock owner Derek Anderson is helping turn around east Ringling Boulevard

Published March 10, 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Starts at 9 a.m. Wed., March 17, The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 952-1730, free. Head east on Ringling Boulevard and look to your left: You may spot a lonely hole-in-the-wall Irish pub with a green Volkswagon bus parked in the front. Iconic Sarasota watering […]

What next? Two new local alcohols emerge

Published Dec. 29, 2009 DRINK The story: Two new local alcohol producers come on the scene: Drum Circle Distilling with Siesta Key Rum, andJalehouse Beer with their first low-carb craft brew. What next? Troy Roberts, owner of Drum Circle Distilling, has finally found a distributor to legally sell his Siesta Key Rum to retailers. Scott Denisco, a family friend […]

Booze local: Two new ways to get your hands on locally produced hooch

Published Nov. 9, 2009 The Suncoast has never been known as a haven for alcohol producers, and until recently locally made spirits were tough to come by. But over the past year two local companies have jumped onto the scene in an effort to give Sarasota its own distinctive flavor. Drum Circle Distilling and Jalehouse […]

Wanna open a bar in Sarasota? Get ready to fill out some paperwork

Aug. 7, 2009 Alex Amaro (pictured above) decided to roll the dice and lease the empty space at 1413 Main Street in April 2008. He wanted to open a lounge — a simple 3,800-square-foot venue for young professionals and out-of-towners looking for something clean, contemporary and a bit upscale. The space had been sitting empty for […]

2009 Drinking Guide: Cracker Jacks Pub

Jun. 30, 2009 CRACKER JACKS PUB The Basics: 4116 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 377-0666 [map it] Signature Drink(s): Sarasota Apple Most friendliest bartender(s): Erika As I pull up to Cracker Jack I see two leather-clad bikers with shaved heads pulling their bikes onto the sidewalk. I happened to show up just in time for the weekly Tuesday night […]

2009 Drinking Guide: Crazy Ted’s

Jun. 30, 2009 CRAZY TED’S The Basics: 5897 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, 358-9861 [map it] Signature Drink(s): Key Lime Pie, Fat Pussy Most friendliest bartender(s): Amanda Crazy Ted’s is nothing new for owner Ted Burbo – he used to own nine of them all over California, one of which was lengthily featured in the John Cusack movie “Roadside Prophets.” […]