Beck's Café to become Restaurant Edelweiss

August 31, 2012 

BRADENTON -- Beck's Café and Restaurant on 611 Manatee Ave. E. has changed hands.

The new owner Frank Hartmann, a German native and chef, plans to focus more on German dinners but will keep most of the breakfast and lunch items that were successful during the past years.

The restaurant's name also will change to Restaurant Edelweiss.

In the past, Hartmann has managed and operated German style restaurants in Florida and Germany.

He plans to update the restaurant's exterior to a more German-style look. The restaurant also plans to extend the business hours for dinners, with a new menu which can be accessed at

Beck earlier this year also sold his downtown Bradenton restaurant, citing health concerns.

Beach Bistro featured in RNC guides

ANNA MARIA -- USA Today and Zagat have both featured Beach Bistro in their guides to the Republican National Convention. Zagat placed Beach Bistro in two of their "Best Bets" categories: Gourmet Dining and Views. While USA Today dedicated two paragraphs and quotes them as being the highest Zagat-rated restaurant in the Tampa Bay area for their food.

On Saturday, crews from the Discovery network filmed a segment in the restaurant for their upcoming preview of TLC's Breaking Amish. Premiering Sept. 9, Breaking Amish provides a look inside the lives of Amish teenagers in Amish/Mennonite communities.

3 CPA businesses in Bradenton merge

BRADENTON -- Three certified public accounting firms in Bradenton have merged.

Ronald J. Hernden, PA, Gary Trapp, PA and Westfall & Co. have joined to form Hernden, Trapp & Westfall, LLC.

The accounting and tax firm provides auditing, monthly accounting, payroll services, Quickbooks accounting and consulting, preparation of corporate, individual, partnership, fiduciary and non-profit tax returns, according to the firm.

The firm employs a staff of 10 at its offices located at 4702 26th St. W, Bradenton.

"This merger strengthens our services to businesses in Manatee and Sarasota Counties," Hernden said in a statement. "We were pleased to find that our firms share values and visions of quality and personal service."

Padgett takes over as VP at Fawley Bryant

BRADENTON -- Steve Padgett has been promoted to vice president of Fawley Bryant.

As vice president, Padgett will help lead the company's expansion and be involved in the full operations of Fawley Bryant.

"We continue to see a growing economy and op

portunities in new market segments," said Mike Bryant, executive vice president. "Steve will play an important role in our regional expansion into design sectors such as commercial, hospitality and sports architecture."

Pagett joined the company in 2001,

SCORE workshops coming for entrepreneurs

SARASOTA -- Manasota SCORE will present two specialized workshops in September for entrepreneurs who want to start-up or grow a business.

Building Your Business Plan includes a step-by-step process to organize business concepts and financial projections into a business plan, essential for any business seeking start-up or expansion financing. Attendees will have access to SCORE templates and financial projection model, as well as guidance from experienced SCORE volunteers and mentors.

The workshop will be conducted Sept. 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Argosy University, 5250 17th St., Sarasota.

Utilizing Websites to Boost Sales will introduce an internet marketing model that can be used to increase sales and profits.

Topics include developing an internet strategy, understanding website components, creating effective content, choosing a website developer and hosting service, and turning website traffic into sales. This workshop will be conducted Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at ComCenter, 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch.

For registration and additional information about Manasota SCORE, call 941-955-1029 or visit

-- Herald staff reports

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