Moving on up: Rumor has it Michael’s On East (1212 East Ave. S., 366-0007) is going to take over the space formally occupied by Sassy’s Hair Salon and plans to transform it into an additional Michael’s Wine Cellar/Michael’s On East private dining room that will accommodate about 100 people.
Bang for your buck: If you love grabbing a fresh lunch from Morton’s Gourmet Market (1924 S. Osprey Ave., 955-9856), you are not alone, because the crowds tend to take over about noon. However, on a recent trip for lunch, we skipped the line at the salad bar and were beckoned by the piping-hot pizza bar. A large slice of pizza, paired with a bottle of water, proved to be affordable (under $5!) and a hearty lunch option.
Fixating on the fixtures: While dining at neighborhood restaurant The Lazy Lobster (7602 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, 351-5515), the conversation centered on the bar. But this is no ordinary bar — it’s an aquarium bar. That’s right, you eat on top of swimming fish, which is quite amusing — even for the adults. So, next time you have to wait for a table (because this place is always packed), just have a seat at the bar and you’ll have front-row seats for all the action. And business is so busy at Lazy Lobster’s Longboat Key location (5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-0440), reservations are recommended at least five days in advance.
dish of the week … goes to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse’s (2001 Siesta Drive, 358-9463) lobster dynamite bites ($13.95). Wow, these little bites are fantastic — sweet and spicy in every bite. Chef Charles Flint created this dish, which offers plenty to share and is only featured at the Sarasota location. It’s also a great dish to be “in the know” about, because it is not on the menu, but is a nightly special — “special” is right.
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Instructor jazzes up routine
The East County’s Sue Encke, a jazzercise instructor, recently attended the annual Jazzercise Live event in Washington, D.C., along with more than 1,500 other customers and instructors from across the world.
Tiny Hands supports students
The Tiny Hands Foundation, with the help of more than 200 volunteers, will fill 1,500 backpacks with school supplies for children in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2, at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Fund begins wreath sales
The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund, established in honor of former Out-of-Door Academy student Taylor Emmons, is at it again.