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Tripletail Seafood & Spirits coming to The Landings

SARASOTA — Gecko’s Hospitality Group Founders Mike Gowan and Mike Quillen plan to open a new contemporary restaurant concept called Tripletail Seafood & Spirits in early 2021 Courtesy, Chad Spencer Photography. The Tripletail Seafood & Spirits menu will offer fresh,…

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Gecko’s Hospitality Group opening Tripletail Seafood & Spirits in Sarasota

The Gecko’s owners have announced a restaurant opening back in the same location where it all began for the local hospitality group nearly three decades ago. Mike Gowan and Mike Quillen, who established their first Gecko’s restaurant at The Landings in Sarasota in 1992,…

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Where and how to eat stone crab in Sarasota-Manatee

Florida stone crab season, starring one of our state’s most famous foods, starts Thursday with restaurants across Sarasota and Manatee counties eager to serve the delicacy. The demand for stone crab remained strong locally last season through the spring despite the coronavirus and state-ordered restaurant shutdown.…

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Florida Amendment 2 Hurts Workers & Small Businesses

Nathaniel Santiago began working at a McDonald’s in Fort Lauderdale for $8.56 an hour, Florida’s minimum wage, six months ago. He lost a previous job in a warehouse because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which wiped out roughly $1,500 of his savings, and he was forced…

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Florida Small Businesses, Employers & Workers Oppose FL Am. 2

Minimum wage column: The whole story First off, let me say I love Gecko’s restaurant. It has been one of our go-to places for years. They have a good thing going and appear to be very successful. As does Anna Maria Oyster…

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Smacks Burgers & Shakes Officially Closes Its Doors and an Era

SRQ was saddened to hear yesterday the news of Smacks Burgers & Shakes closing its doors for good on Friday, September 18 after seven delicious years serving the community. It has not been a kind year to many of our…

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Favorite Salads in Sarasota-Manatee

Siesta Salad From Gecko’s 6606 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 248-2020; 7228 55th Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 727-8988; 5585 Palmer Crossing Circle, Sarasota, (941) 923-6061; 351 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, (941) 378-0077; 1900 Hillview St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2929; geckosgrill.com During Southwest Florida’s…

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Dockside Waterfront Grill Top 10 Restaurants for Dining Outdoors on the Water

Dockside Waterfront Grill 509 N. Tamiami Trail; 941-218-6418; geckosgrill.com/dockside-waterfront-grill Part of the Sarasota-based Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Dockside Waterfront Grill places diners in a fun, Old Florida setting overlooking Roberts and Dona bays. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. popular…

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Gecko’s Safety Protocols Are a Recipe for Guest Trust

Anne Rollings, the manager of corporate office for Geckos Hospitality Group, said that the company has purchased electrostatic foggers for each of six locations — including the two in East County at Twelve Oaks and Braden River plazas — so…

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Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill featured in Gay Sarasota: our travel guide to our favorite restaurants in Sarasota

Dry Dock was our favourite restaurant in Sarasota for fresh fish. It's also unique for its location right by the riverfront on Sarasota Bay. It's won numerous Open Table Diner's Choice Awards including “100 Best Most Scenic Restaurant in America”…

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