News & Awards

Restaurant News: Gecko’s farm fresh cabbage

Sarasota Herald-Tribune March 14, 2018 In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, all locations of Sarasota-based Gecko’s Grill & Pub are offering a menu in keeping with the Emerald Isle and, of course, special liquid libations during regular hours on Saturday.…

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Gecko’s debuts Signature Four Roses Single Barrel

by Lee Williams, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sarasota-based Gecko’s Hospitality Group blends own “Spirit of Our 25th Anniversary” Gecko’s Hospitality Group co-owners Mike Quillen and Mike Gowan recently trekked to the Four Roses Bourbon Distillery in Bourbon County, Kentucky, to see if…

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Quillen, Gowan Celebrate Community, Hospitality

by Jacob Ogles, SRQ Magazine Mike Quillen and Mike Gowan met each other in eighth grade, forging a lifelong friendship but also laying the groundwork for a business partnership that would prove bountiful for decades. Last week, the pair were…

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Localpreneurs Honored For Business Achievement

by Jacob Ogles, SRQ Magazine Some of the region’s top startups won recognition at the inaugural SRQ Localpreneur of the Year awards Thursday, shortly after business leaders gathered for a panel discussion on attracting the boon of a booming economy…

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Restaurant Chain Closes Original Location, Opens New Eatery Nearby

Sarasota Magazine Gecko's Hospitality Group recently closed its original Gecko's Grill & Pub location at The Landings and opened a new location down the road. Gecko’s Hospitality Group recently closed its original Gecko’s Grill & Pub location at The Landings…

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Gecko’s Grill & Pub opens ‘At Stickney Point & 41’ location

by Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Gecko’s has moved into former Harry’s Sports Bar spot after vacating its original Landings location Gecko’s At The Landings on South Tamiami Trail, the first chapter of an ongoing success story by local restaurateurs Mike…

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Gecko’s Expands & Moves on Down the Road

Gecko’s flagship grill and pub, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has outgrown its original space and is moving down the road to the former Harry’s Sports Bar at Stickney Point and South Tamiami Trail. Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article…

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Gecko’s Joins with USF CIL for Vets-2-Chefs Program

The Air Force gave Collin Mapps the confidence he never thought he had, but leaving the military left him lost and without a purpose. That is, until he joined Vets-2-Chefs with six other homeless veterans. Read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune article…

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Gecko’s Grill & Pub Silver Anniversary party

By: Sarasota Herald-Tribune June 6, 2017 Gecko’s Grill & Pub has several Sarasota locations and in recent years its owners — Mike Quillen and Mike Gowan, both locals — have opened S’macks Burgers & Shakes, while acquiring Red Barn Bar,…

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