News & Awards

Gecko’s in Southside Village featured on The Today Show

4 unexpected places to visit during Memorial Day weekend The Today Show, May 4, 2018 Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season. It’s when millions of people hit the road. So bring out the bathing suit, slather…

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Gecko’s Sustainable Partnerships help Keep Sarasota Beautiful

10 Ways to Keep Sarasota County Beautiful for Future Generations Everyday ways to ensure our area remains healthy, enjoyable and viable. Nicole Coudal, Visit Sarasota There are several national celebrations coming up that draw attention to our environment. June 5…

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Gecko’s Hospitality Group Creates Jobs, Drives Economy

Reputation and giving back to community helps hospitality company attract workers By Grier Ferguson, Business Observer Mike Quillen, co-owner of Sarasota-based Gecko’s Hospitality Group, echoes many in hospitality when he says “it’s a very tight labor market that’s getting much…

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Gecko’s Liquid Love is a Black Walnut Ol’ Fashioned

By Abby Weingarten, Sarasota Herald-Tribune The Black Walnut Ol’ Fashioned cocktail is a classic, chilled blend of handcrafted bourbon and nutty bitters at Gecko’s Grill & Pub. INGREDIENTS 2 ounces Four Roses Bourbon 3 dashes Black Walnut Bitters Orange peel…

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Chef Talk: Paul Papin of Gecko’s Grill & Pub

By Abby Weingarten, Correspondent Sarasota Herald-Tribune Interview and recipe Chef Paul Papin has worked for the Gecko’s Hospitality Group for 13 years, and is now a kitchen manager at the Clark Road Gecko’s Grill & Pub location in Sarasota. Papin…

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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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