Jack Dusty to open Jan. 21
SARASOTA -- The newly renovated Jack Dusty restaurant in the Ritz Carlton will open for business Jan. 21.
The hotel's restaurant was renamed to fit the new decor and menu. Jack Dusty was the nautical term used in the 18th century for naval store clerk whose responsibility included doling out the daily allotment of rum to sailors.
The 236-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant lounge offers modern American cuisine with a seafood focus. The restaurant will showcase works by students at Sarasota's Ringling College of Art & Design. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week at 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive.
Fresh Market hosts sampling taste fest
MANATEE -- Fresh Market, a specialty grocery retailer, will be offering a sample taste testing of Game Day menus at its 129 stores nationwide.
Customers can stop by the stores and sample items like tortilla chips with salsas and avocados, pizzas, shrimp and chicken, pork or turkey sausages.
The event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20. For local store information, visit http://www.thefreshmarket.com/stores.
Ashton Woods to begin Whitaker Park development
SARASOTA -- Ashton Woods Homes will start development of 91 luxury homes this month at Whitaker Park, located off Richardson Road in Sarasota County.
The homebuilder will start construction of two model homes at Whitaker Park in the spring.
New three-, four- and five-bedroom homes at Whitaker Park will range in size from 1,700 square feet of living space to 3,000 square feet.
Disney names new president in shuffling
Walt Disney World has a new president: George Kalogridis will take over the top job at the Florida resort on Feb. 1. Disney made the announcement on Wednesday as part of a broader shuffling of management at its $12.9 billion parks and resorts division.
The job is enormous. Disney World, which attracts an estimated 30 million people a year, sprawls over 40 square miles and includes six theme parks, 25 Disney-owned hotels and 81 holes of golf.
Kalogridis, who has been running Disneyland Resort in California, will also be responsible for overseeing the construction of an "Avatar"-themed land in Orlando, estimated to cost $400 million, and implementing a sweeping technology upgrade anchored around a vacation management service called MyMagic.
Michael Colglazier, who has been running Disney's Animal Kingdom park, which is part of Disney World, will take over for Kalogridis in California. Both men will report to Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations for the United States and France; Crofton previously also served as Disney World's direct chief, but those duties will now fall to Kalogridis.
-- Herald staff, wire report