Business briefs: Cox Mazda brings cars to Ellenton Outlets

Cox Mazda brings cars to Ellenton outlets

BRADENTON -- Cox Mazda is kicking off a test drive promotion at Ellenton Premium Outlets.

The dealership is displaying vehicles -- with a gift card offer outlined on stickers affixed to the models -- at the outlet mall through December. All drivers who schedule a test drive will receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant of their choice.

Participating restaurants include Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Capital Grille, Eddie V's, Outback, Carabba's, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's, and Roy's. There is no obligation to purchase a vehicle in order to receive the gift card.

Anyone who participates in the test drive offer will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card. To schedule a test drive, participants must text "Drive" to 941-243-4188. That person will then need to visit Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton and work directly with one of the sales staff.

Remodeled Applebee's touts community theme

SARASOTA -- Doherty Enterprises Inc., is bringing its new community-themed concept to the Sarasota area as it remodels its Applebee's restaurants in Sarasota County.

The new look of Applebee's focuses on education, nonprofit organizations and first responders in Sarasota County communities, with wall decor consisting of photos from local high schools and universities, professional and college sports teams and community groups.

Some of the local schools and organizations to be featured include the Sarasota County Fire Department, Sarasota Police Department, Riverview High School and Sarasota Youth Little League.

After recently debuting the first remodeled location at the Fruitville Applebee's, the Clark Road Applebee's, 5490 Clark Road, was set to reopen Thursday.

The Clark Road Applebee's is 5,418 square feet and can host up to 220 guests. New elements to the exterior include fresh paint, awnings and signage, along with a renovated entrance featuring new stone work and a trellis.

The Applebee's on Main Street in Sarasota is also scheduled to be remodeled in the near future.

-- Herald staff reports