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Broadway Bar and Restaurant
- Address1001 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
- Phone #941.953.4343
The Broadway Bar is the oldest bar in Sarasota and second oldest bar in the county, serving local residents since 1925. Then in 1963 "Big Tony" Armento and his wife Mimi purchased the Broadway and brought with them their favorite recipes from his family's birthplace, Palermo, Italy.
Since that time the Broadway Bar has been a regular setting for local residents, politicians, tourists and local artists and actors throughout the Sarasota area, including such known professionals as painter Jack Bailey and sculptor John Chamberlain and Dennis Kowal. Besides the cultural crowd, the Broadway is home to family celebrations, political discussions, and wayfaring strangers. Guests to the Broadway Bar have not always been local. It has attracted such notables as Henry Mancini, Rita Moreno, The Black Crowes and the Allman Brothers. Its clientele has been worldly and eclectic.
The Broadway Bar continued its family tradition in 1990 by passing the torch on to Carolyn Heath, "Big Tony's" niece. As changes take place in Sarasota, Broadway too transitions with the times. Carolyn will maintain the family's quality of hospitality and food but also is preparing for future growth. Thus keeping the Broadway "way" all in the family!
The Broadway Bar, having been a local institution for so many decades has provided its residents and seasonal tourists with a casual, comfortable, and laid back atmosphere. But most of all it has provided us with "the best pizza in town" made the old world way (with a cracker crust)! Other well known offerings are the Big Tony, a favorite of the Armento's when they lived and worked in Yonkers, NY. The CJ's Cuban is aptly named for a Wednesday regular, Dr. Arland Christ-Janer. His gifts to Sarasota's Arts and Cultural community will live forever in the creative fabric of Sarasota.