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Freckled Fin set to return on Anna Maria, with new look, new experience

The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is set to open March 1. Owner Scott Lubore said the experience will be different than his last business venture, the Freckled Fin Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
The Freckled Fin Irish Pub is set to open March 1. Owner Scott Lubore said the experience will be different than his last business venture, the Freckled Fin Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. rcallihan@bradenton.com

About half a year after the original restaurant was sold, the Freckled Fin is making a comeback on Anna Maria Island.

Owner Scott Lubore said he aims to provide customers with a new-and-improved experience at Freckled Fin Irish Pub, which is scheduled to debut next week.

“It’s a completely different layout, menu and food,” Lubore said. “We think the customers are going to love it.”

Those familiar with the island may recognize the restaurant’s 5337 Gulf Dr. location as the site of the old Lobstahs restaurant.

The new 2,500-square-foot Freckled Fin Irish Pub will seat about 150 people and is aiming for a March 1 grand opening, Lubore said.

Also, musical artist Dan Signor is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. to commemorate the opening.

An indoor stage is one of the major changes from Lubore’s previous business venture, the Freckled Fin Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.

Early last year, Lubore spent a night in jail after his restaurant exceeded the city ordinance decibel level, according to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.

That won’t be an issue now, said Lubore, who sold his old restaurant in August. At the new restaurant, the stage faces the bar and is backed by a wall painted to resemble Ireland’s flag.

Customers will be able to walk up to that bar to order food. Some menu items at launch will include the Freckled Fish Sammy, Shamrock Salad and Wee Wilson’s Fried Pickles.

The Freckled Fin already has its full liquor license, Lubore said. In addition to wine and liquor, the pub will offer 12 Irish and craft beers on tap.

There’s still work to be done inside the Freckled Fin Irish Pub before it makes its debut, but it’s full steam ahead with less than a week to go until the scheduled opening day.

“We’ve got an army of people here working every day,” Lubore said. “We want it ready.”

Ryan Callihan: 941-745-7095, @RCCallihan

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