(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), a trade organization comprising more than 50 independent restaurants from Anna Maria to Venice, recently welcomed its newest member restaurant, Café L’Europe.
“We’re thrilled that Café L’Europe has joined the Originals,” says Kate Atkin, SMO’s executive director. “This is a stellar restaurant joining a dynamic organization made up of our area’s most trend-setting restaurants. It’s a perfect fit.”
Café L’Europe, a landmark destination on St. Armands Circle, is known for its old-world charm, classic European cuisine, award-winning wines, and outstanding service. Betsie Coolidge, the restaurant’s owner, says that joining The Originals makes smart business sense.
“We’re excited to be the newest Original,” says Coolidge. “Café L’Europe has been an ‘original’ since we opened in 1973. We share a deep feeling of professional respect for our fellow Originals. It’s a hard-working group of our area’s leading restaurants, offering diverse marketing and networking potential.”
Coolidge adds that the members of the Originals share a common cause. “As a group, we’re passionate about celebrating—and promoting—Southwest Florida’s culinary distinctiveness,” she says. “The locally owned restaurant industry is such a vital part of our regional economy. Working together to keep it that way makes perfect sense.”
For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit www.freshoriginals.com or call 941-955-3663.
About The Sarasota-Manatee Originals
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2003, which consists of more than 50 locally owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Member restaurateurs are dedicated to preserving the culinary heritage of the Suncoast.