New Restaurants Coming To Main Street

Banners are up and construction is taking place on several spots on Main Street. Tube Dude Gallery is also open on Main Street.

Main Street is seeing some quick turnover on a few spots on both upper and lower portions of downtown.

Here are the details of some of the places we've spotted getting ready to open.

MADE Restaurant, 1990 Main St., Suite 112

What is it: Modern American food

What used to be there: Brasserie Belge

Chef: Mark Woodruff, formerly the vice president at Two Senoritas. This new venture is not associated with Two Senoritas. 

General Manager: Michael Ripatranzone

Details: The restuarant's name, MADE, stands for Modern American Delicious Easts. An official opening date hasn't been announced, but according to their Facebook page it is only "a few weeks away." Hours advertised as Mon - Sun: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Phone number is (941) 953-2900.

Web: www.maderestaurant.com and MADE Restaurant on Facbeook


The Original Buscemi's Party Shoppe Pizza, 1461 Main St.

What is it: A pizza franchise chain based in Roseville, Michigan

What used to be there: Super Value Vitamins (since moved to The Landings)

Details: The chain started out in 1965 when Paul A. Buscemi bought a party store but then converted into a sub and sandwich shop, leading later into pizza and eventually started franchising the business in 1974, according to the company's website. The pizza shop touts its sauce as what makes the pizzas so good. Sarasota isn't listed as a location yet on its website, and when it opens, it appears to be the first Buscemi's to open outside of Michigan.

Owner: Gregory Sklar is listed as the owner, according to Florida's Division of Corporations



Vom Fass, 1469 Main St.

What is it: It is a combination of a liquor store and an oil and vinegar store where you choose your own bottle and bottle stopper and fill up the liquid of your choice out of tapped barrels. Besides cooking oils and vinegars, you can also get brandy, whisky, rum and absinthe, according to the website. 

What used to be there: European Focus Village, which closed Dec. 26, to focus on its private tour business.

Details:  Interestingly enough, as one German-friendly business leaves, another one arrives. The company was started in Waldburg, Germany in 1994, according to the company's website. Its U.S. operations are based in Madison, Wisconsin.The Facebook page for the Sarasota location is advertising a March opening.  Phone number is (941) 812-8714.

Web: sarasota.vomfassusa.com and Vom Fass Sarasota on Facebook

And here's one more business open on Main Street that doesn't involve food:

Tube Dude Gallery, 1554 Main St.

What is it: Scott Gerber has decided to launch a downtown gallery space for his well known Tube Dude figures produced at 1001 Central Ave.

What used to be there: Sarasota Hardware

Details: The store is now open. A grand opening is planned for this location later this month, The Herald-Tribune reports.Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Phone is (941) 735-6009.

Web: www.tube-dude.com

CHIME IN: Which one of these Main Street businesses are you looking forward to the most? Leave a comment below.

This version updates Mark Woodruff's employment.

Rich Unger February 10, 2013 at 09:51 AM
So many people think the restaurant business is so easy to master. They come to town with six figures to invest, find a location, and decide "BOOM", this is going to be a winner! Yet, the location has gone through various food incarnations, but failing due to numerous reason from consistency, poor service, lack of management, awful food, over priced. So the six figure owners try to sell, but there is nothing to sell, oh sure the equipment that the vultures will pay pennies on the dollar for, but there was no goodwill, and the landlord is gun shy about another so called restaurant dreamer opening again. Time after time, location after location, if you don't have the entire strategy of tastes great, looks great, is great, priced great, service is great, atmosphere is great, location is great, you have no chance. We are inundated with mediocre restaurants. The latest foodie flock is to Peruvian all of a sudden that is the genre of the day. Then there is the hamburger, that while we don't have enough fast food and gourmet burger places, another one wants to pop up on Bee Ridge Road with Shakes and go back to the days of past. Good luck to all these wanna bees. Only a few will be here by the end of the year, sadly.
Richard S. Scire February 10, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I'm eager to try MADE. I loved Brasserie Belge and when it was Jolly's second location. I just hope they cater to lunch crowd as well as dinner.


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