The Sandbar Welcomes Doug Sullivan as the new General Manager and the Mar Vista Welcomes Richard Demarse as the new Executive Chef.
The Sandbar is excited to announce the appointment of Doug Sullivan as their new General Manager. Doug is no stranger to the area. He attended Manatee High School and began his hospitality career in Bradenton at the Bradenton Country Club and The Seafood Shack before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from FSU. His extensive background includes senior leadership roles with Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse. He was also the founder, president and CEO of Stonewood LLC, the umbrella brand for Stonewood Grill and Tavern. After Stonewood, he was recruited by Morton’s Steakhouse board chairman as an operations executive to lead concept development for a Morton’s upscale casual grill.
Most recently Doug was head of Regional Development for the PDQ Restaurant Group in Texas and Arkansas. His parents have lived in the area for 40+ years, so he is excited to return “home” with his wife Jill and their three daughters.
Robert Baugh, Chiles Group Chief Operating Officer stated, “I am thrilled to have someone of his caliber join our team and am confident his leadership will position the Sandbar for continued growth and success.”
Ed Chiles, owner and CEO of the Chiles Restaurant Group said, “We are pleased that Doug has decided to join our company and we are looking forward to his leadership as we move forward to expand our local, sustainable offerings and continue to position the Sandbar as a leader in casual waterfront dining.”
Doug states, “The Sandbar is truly a legacy restaurant and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this great team of people and to build on the incredible Sandbar success story that Ed Chiles founded and nurtured for 37 years.”
Make sure you ask to meet Doug on your next visit to the Sandbar. He is eager to meet you.
The Mar Vista is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Demarse as their new executive chef. Rich is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has extensive experience in independent restaurant operations as well as in resort culinary settings. Rich excels in showcasing the fresh flavors of local seafood, produce and land fare with keen attention to sustainable practices and creative plating. His resume is highlighted by senior leadership roles at the Planter’s Inn in Charleston, the Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, the Local in Naples and the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Utilizing his accomplished culinary background of nearly x years, Rich will be focusing on creative menu design and development incorporating the fresh flavors of locally sourced foods and sustainable products to the already food forward Mar Vista menus. Rich’s immersion of new ideas and innovative menu items is in perfect timing with the overall initiative to improve Mar Vista through the renovations to the kitchen and inside dining room. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Rich Demarse to the Mar Vista,” said owner Ed Chiles. “Rich is an extraordinary culinary talent who’s focus on quality, originality and sustainability is in alignment with the goals of our culinary team and company culture.”
General Manager, Anthony Cucci states, “Chef Rich has hit the ground running with new ideas, unique twists on fan favorites but he also recognizes and respects what our regulars like to see upon their return each year and what the locals love about our menus and special location. He really gets it!”
Come in and meet the newest edition to the Mar Vista, Executive Chef Rich Demarse and see how our renovations are coming along. New and exciting things are happening at the Mar Vista.