Known for its cult following, Wawa opened its seventh location in the Bradenton-Sarasota area on Friday, this one at 5208 University Parkway.
In keeping with the gas station and convenience store chain’s custom, free coffee will be given away at the new location for the first 10 days, through Dec. 17.
Once limited to the Mid-Atlantic region, Wawa has been aggressively expanding throughout Florida since opening its first Sunshine State location in July 2012 in Orlando.
Nearly 150 stores have opened in Florida during the past five years, and hundreds more are planned during the next decade.
For those not familiar with Wawa: Stores are open 24 hours a day and offer freshly made sandwiches, side dishes and drinks, including gourmet coffees, milkshakes and smoothies.
New hotel opens on Anna Maria Island
The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club in Holmes Beach welcomed its first guests late last month.
The resort features 37 rooms and suites with kitchens, a 50-slip marina, 2,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen restaurant and bar, and a resort-style pool with an oversized sun deck extending into the marina.
Developed, owned and operated by Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development, the resort is at 5325 Marina Drive and is affiliated with the Mainsail Beach Inn, which opened in 2009 at 101 66th St. in Bradenton Beach.
For more, visit waterlineresort.com.
Food delivery service expands
Bite Squad, which launched in the Bradenton-Sarasota market in August after merging with Ashley’s Food Delivery and Doorstep Delivery, has added more than 50 restaurants to its delivery area.
Among the restaurants to join the Bite Squad delivery platform: Ahi Sushi, Angelo’s Restaurant, Audrey’s Jamaican Cuisine, Brasa & Pisco, Barefoot Bar & Grill, El Ceviche, Geier’s Sausage Kitchen, Goodfella’s Cafe & Winery, Korean SSAM Bar, Madfish Grill, Maharaja Indian Cuisine, Mi Sitio Columbian, Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and Li’l Nancy’s at the Ranch, Peperonata Pasta & Empanadas by Stef and Pizza SRQ.
Several national chains also are available for delivery, including Applebee’s, Firehouse Subs and Subway.
Customers within the service zone now have more than 130 restaurants to choose from for delivery to their home or workplace.
For more, go to bitesquad.com.
Mediterranean grill opens in Lakewood Ranch
Zenobia Mediterranean & Kebab Grill, which has been open for a little more than a month at 1857 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., will host its official grand opening from 2 p.m. until closing on Saturday.
The family-run restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine – all made from scratch – for lunch and dinner.
New First Watch set to open Monday
University Park-based First Watch will open its eighth Manatee-Sarasota restaurant on Monday when the cafe at 5354 Fruitville Road in Sarasota starts welcoming customers beginning at 7 a.m.
The breakfast, brunch and lunch chain is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week. The new location will share a building with Chipotle and Five Guys.
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