A new retail space recently broke ground on State Road 70 and 66th Street in Bradenton. The 5,104-square-foot building on .8895 acres will house Shipley Do-Nuts’ first Florida store and the first location for new restaurant concept Boneyard BBQ.
Matt Kezar of Ian Black Real Estate represented the landlord, SRQJM, LLC, in the lease transactions. Steve Horn with Ian Black Real Estate represented both tenants. Ian Black Real Estate will also handle property management.
Shipley Do-Nuts, a Houston-based company with nearly 300 locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, offers more than 60 varieties of donuts, kolaches and breakfast rolls made fresh daily and served hot.
“Shipley has strict requirements for their brand, and we also really wanted to shine the perfect light on the first Shipley location in Florida,” said Linda Somellan, who, with her husband, Carlos, will open the first Shipley Do-Nuts franchise in the state. “We were looking for a location that’s popular with families, has good traffic flow and the right demographics, and has growth potential. This location has all that and more.”
Todd Keller, who has a long family history of barbeque restaurant ownership and recently sold three Keller’s Bar-B-Q locations in Central Florida to move closer to family in Southwest Florida, will open the first Boneyard BBQ location at this site. The full-table-service restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 130 people, will serve beer and wine, and will offer takeout and catering services.
“When we came across this site we thought it would be a homerun,” said Keller, owner-operator of Boneyard BBQ. “It fit everything we wanted. We were looking for a freestanding building off the interstate, and we like to get our foot in the door in a boom area. This area is only going to get better and better.”
This activity is representative of growth in this immediate area, which includes Manatee Technical College and Braden River High School. Kezar represented the previous landowner, the Manatee County School District, when SRQJM, a multimember LLC that includes Ian Black Real Estate partners Ian Black and Steve Horn, purchased the parcel earlier this year. Kezar has served as development consultant, handling zoning and all entitlement work.
“When the school district sold this property and others around it, it was with the agreement that the uses would tie in to nearby Manatee Technical College and provide on-the-job training opportunities for the students,” said Kezar. “With our help, the developers really held up their end of the bargain and created a great development and fantastic amenity for the students.”
Ian Black Real Estate was also involved in the recent purchases of Superior Auto Repair and Zaxby’s sites, both of which are contiguous with the Shipley/Boneyard property, as well as a Tuffy Tire & Auto Service location directly west of Superior Auto Repair.
“Manatee Technical College offers automotive and culinary programs,” said Kezar. “Now students will attend classes to learn about cars and cooking, and then they can walk across the parking lot for on-the-job training.”
The Starling Group is handling construction of the property at SR 70 and 66th Street, and Matt Morris with Morris Engineering is the civil engineer on the project.
The Somellans plan to open Shipley Do-Nuts late this year, and Keller anticipates opening Boneyard BBQ by January.
About Ian Black Real Estate
Ian Black Real Estate (IBRE) is a boutique commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Sarasota, Fla. The firm is one of the largest commercial brokerage firms in Southwest Florida and boasts a deep knowledge of the commercial real estate market in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding area. For more information, visit ian-black.com.
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