This cafe prospers in chain restaurant world with friendly service, tasty food, reasonable prices

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Poppo’s Taqueria

Poppo’s Taqueria is preparing to open its fifth restaurant in the Bradenton area in the El Conquistador Village Plaza, 5942 34th St. W., Suite 114. An opening date has not been announced.

Poppo’s also has restaurants in The Shoppes at University Center, 8471 Cooper Creek Blvd.; Lockwood Commons, 4220 53rd Ave. E.; Northwest Promenade, 6777 Manatee Ave. W.; and downtown Anna Maria, 212 C Pine Ave.

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Metro Diner

Metro Diner will be opening its first Bradenton restaurant in the Pinebrook Commons Shopping Center in the 4800 block of Cortez Road West, in mid-March. The company is looking to hire more than 100 Bradenton-area residents.

Featured on The Cooking Channel’s “Cheap Eats” as well as Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” hosted by chef Guy Fieri, Metro Diner is known for its welcoming service and large portion sizes served from a scratch kitchen.

Metro Diner’s comfort food favorites include Fried Chicken & Waffles, the Meatloaf Plate, Charleston Shrimp & Grits and the Pulled Pork Mac Stack — a half-pound of barbecued pulled pork piled creamy macaroni and cheese and a cheddar cornbread waffle topped with maple butter.

Applications to join the Metro Diner team are being accepted for all positions including servers, hosts, cooks and kitchen staff. Complete the online application at, or call 941-306-3102.

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