Sometimes It’s hard to stay away.
Well, we meet once again.
When we published our last Sarasota dining guide back in 2010 I thought, “That was a nice run. But, it’s time to move on. Print is dead”. Truth be told, I wasn’t ready to move on (AND, I don’t think print is dead).
As, it turned out our 2010 edition was our last because of family circumstances that were out of my control. It seemed like fate had intervened. Trouble was, I’m not all that big a believer in fate.
Time passed. Four years to be precise. We kept publishing the dineSarasota.com website. I still LOVE writing for the site and helping to promote our great local restaurant community. We’ll continue to do that. But, I always wanted to bring back “the book”. Locally, there isn’t anything like it.
Sure, you can pick up a copy of Zagat. They do a great job. But, honestly though they can’t treat Sarasota they way we can. It’s been said that we have the highest concentration of Zagat rated restaurants in Florida. We also have SO much more than that. Our restaurant pool is deep. And, runs the gamut from a Cuban/Columbian trailer to James Beard Award nominees. We need a print publication that honors that culinary breadth and range.
Here’s the bottom line. A brand new Little Sarasota DINING Book is coming late 2014 or early 2015. It’s going to be fresh and redesigned. Don’t worry. We’re going to keep all of the things that made the guide so popular. We still get calls and emails looking for a current edition.
There is going to be one BIG change. The 2015 book will be AD FREE. That’s a good thing. For you, it means all you have is great Sarasota food related content to thumb through. For me, it means I won’t have to hound and shame local restaurant owners into buying ads. And, they won’t have to cross the street when they see me coming. Everybody’s a winner!
As in past years, we won’t have space for all 300+ local restaurants. Like the cover says, we will once again feature our 200 top Sarasota restaurants. And, we will actively promote the restaurants that get included throughout the year. You will know who makes the cut.
That’s our big news. You’ll get more details as we move through the rest of the year. Including where and when you can get your fresh, new copy.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to re-start the presses!