Restaurant News: Snowbirds Grille, Pérou 941, Blasé Café

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SARASOTA-BRADENTON, FL – Here’s the latest on restaurants and bars in Sarasota and Manatee counties:

Snowbirds grid hosts late ribbon cutting

Although the Snowbirds Grille at 4167 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice opened in November 2019 — about two and a half years ago — the restaurant is hosting a late ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Since 2019, the restaurant has postponed its grand opening three times.

“We were so busy that we decided to wait until the end of the season to hold our Grand Opening and Groundbreaking Ceremony. Before the end of the season, COVID changed our plans and we had to postpone again,” wrote Snowbirds on his Facebook page. “Once we started getting back to normal, the Publix renovation was in full swing and the walls next to us were literally crumbling! We made the decision at that point to wait to celebrate until that the Publix renovation is complete and this time FINALLY here!!”

To prepare for the Tuesday afternoon event, the restaurant will close Tuesday at 2 p.m.

“To recognize all we have overcome over the past two years and to celebrate our team, we will be closing early to finally give the Snowbirds Grille the grand opening it deserves,” the restaurant wrote. “Thank you for all of your support over the past two years and we look forward to serving you delicious northern dishes and local flavors for many years to come!!”

Its menu caters to those visiting and moving to the Venice area from other parts of the country.

“Just as Snowbirds flock from many different places to come to Venice, Florida, we take dishes from everywhere and prepare them as authentically and deliciously as possible and bring them all to one place,” according to the restaurant’s website.

The inauguration ceremony is organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the Venice region.

Peruvian restaurant opens in downtown Sarasota

Peru 941 opened in downtown Sarasota at 1537 Main Street. The space was formerly occupied by Wild Ginger Sushi & Asian Cuisine and Humay Sushi & Japanese Cuisine.

The new restaurant was opened by the owners of Humay, which opened last year and closed earlier this year. They also own Peruvian Grill on Clark Road and Maemi Peruvian Cuisine on 17th Street.

When Humay opened, it included Peruvian dishes as specials and received positive reviews from customers, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

“We decided to add some meals, little by little, trying to see the opinion of customers, and we had very good feedback,” said manager Kenji Nagahama. “We had the lomo saltado, we sometimes had the ceviche on the weekends, and it was getting good feedback. That’s why we decided to change it to Peruvian.”

Siesta Key Café, sister company sold

Siesta Key staples Blasé Café & Martini Bar and its sister business, 3.14 Pi Craft Beer & Spirits, sold out after its owner, Cynthia Breslin, died of cancer last year.

Its new owners, including Gecko’s Hospitality Group co-founder Mike Quillen, also own the Cask & Ale cocktail bar in downtown Sarasota, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Quillen said they will eventually rebrand Blasé Café, which opened in 1997, though it will retain its laid-back, late-night vibe.

“The place has been around for a long time, and it’s a really cool, funky place,” he told the Herald-Tribune. “But he just needs a lot of love and attention, and someone to pay attention to him, like Cindy has for years and years.”

Opening of a German restaurant in Sarasota

A native of Germany brings the authentic cuisine of his culture to Sarasota.

Maik Bischoff is opening Grandpa’s Schnitzel later this month in the former Burritos Mexican Grill location on Stickney Point Road. The restaurant offers a menu that includes 15 kinds of schnitzel.

“I vacationed here and loved Sarasota – the friendly people, the city, the country – but couldn’t find any real German food, so I decided to open Grandpa’s Schnitzel,” said he told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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