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Growing Food on Pine Avenue

Eating locally grown produce has taken on a whole new meaning on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Landscape designer and native habitat expert, Michael Miller, along with Pine Avenue Restoration developers Ed Chiles and Micheal Coleman, have partnered with Pine Avenue Merchants to design and implement Edible Community Gardens on Pine Avenue, now known as “The Greenest Little Main Street in America”. The concept of food along the historic stretch between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, was posed about a year ago and is now a reality with eight raised beds and more to follow. These gardens contain

30 Years of Fireworks, Family Fun and Great Food!

The Monday, July 4 fireworks event at The Sandbar marks the 30th year the restaurant has hosted the Annual Sandbar Fireworks Extravaganza. Owner, Ed Chiles, says, “We are so honored and humbled that we have been able to bring joy to so many people and generations of families for so many years.” This year’s momentous event will take place under the covered, open-air Sandbar Event Pavilion (separate from the restaurant) offering prime seating for the fireworks show which will begin shortly after dusk. VIP Party tickets are available now! Party packages include delicious food – appetizers, entrees, side dishes and

Chiles Restaurant Group Scholarship

We are happy to announce the establishment of the Chiles Restaurant Group Scholarship, which is available through the Manatee County Community Foundation to qualified employees or children of employees . At the Chiles Group we understand the importance of empowering a community to excel in personal growth and development.  What better way to empower a community than through the support of the continuing education? A community is more than just a group of people who live in the same place.  A community is a group of individuals, each with his or her own vision about where to go in life.  We appreciate

Lionfish Now Available!

Lionfish: King of the Menu at Beach House It’s a venomous predator known to ravage local Florida reefs and destroy surrounding ecosystems, but, thanks to restaurants like the Beach House, a (delicious) solution to the Lionfish problem threatening the Gulf has been found. And, it involves serving the fish alongside roasted vegetable cous cous. Though the Lionfish is known for its frightening appearance – thanks to its bright vertical stripes, expansive fan-like fins and 18 venomous spines (used in defense) – diners should not be fooled. They are much more delicious than they are dangerous, posing no threat to the

Honoring those Affected by September 11th

It is almost hard to believe that it has been 10 years since the terrorist attacks happened at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. The memories are so fresh; it feels like it was just yesterday. But time moves on. Children who lost their fathers or mothers on that terrible day are now 10 years older. Girls and boys who were in elementary school at the time are now seniors in high school and preparing to go on to college. The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund is here to help those children go to college and pursue their

Ed’s Corner – Dec. 2011

It’s so hard to believe another year has almost come and gone. 2011 has been successful for our company in many ways and we feel very blessed. We are just finishing the first phase of two very important construction projects. At the Sandbar, our new state of the art deck kitchen and new bathrooms will allow us to better serve you and hopefully make your experiences at the restaurant even more pleasurable.  Next year, beginning in late August, we will completely redo the main kitchen and rebuild the Sandbar dining room and bar areas.The Mar Vista project has added new

The Sandbar Features Suncoast Art Tour Artist

This 2-day Tour is an ambitious show featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by 17 artists working in Bradenton and Sarasota today. The self-guided Tour will be held on March 9 and 10, 2012, and will sprawl across Sarasota from University Parkway to Clark Road. Highlights will include 5 well-known artists in their studios plus a Gallery Exhibit of 12 more artists in the Ringling College of Art + Design Student Center exhibition space. One of the featured artists, Bob Brown, will have one of his abstract pieces displayed in the Sandbar Restaurant.  Brown is also a resident artist