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Local restaurants celebrate dad with contests and meal deals

Celebrate Father’s Day early and National Lobster Day all in one at Bonefish Grill on June 15.
Celebrate Father’s Day early and National Lobster Day all in one at Bonefish Grill on June 15. Provided photo

On Sunday, more than 72 million men in the U.S. will be celebrated for their role as fathers.

Or that’s how many should be celebrated, anyway, according to the most recent available data from the Census Bureau. Most kids think their dad wants a new tie, golf balls or a new fishing pole.

In reality, a day without the kids may be the best Father’s Day gift a man can get. Ebates, an online shopping rewards company, conducted a survey in which a whopping 87 percent of dad respondents said some alone time would do them good. And hey, some alone time would be a better gift than the 36 percent of people who responded to the survey and said they aren’t planning on getting anything for dad.

If your dad is a foodie and you live in the Bradenton area, you’re in luck. A few restaurants are seeking to capitalize on hungry dads:

▪  First Watch, a Bradenton-based daytime cafe, is continuing its Bonus Bucks promotion through Sunday. For every $100 in gift cards purchased the restaurant will award $20 in bonus bucks, which are redeemable anytime between June 19 and July 31 at all First Watch locations. Dads who dine at a First Watch restaurant on Father’s Day will also receive a free bag of Royal Cup coffee. Visit to find a location.

▪  Pier 22, a riverside restaurant in downtown Bradenton located at 1200 First Ave. W., will host a brunch buffet on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along with a holiday menu offered between 4 and 10 p.m.

Pier 22 also teamed up with guided outdoor adventure company iTREKKERS for the Hook A Dad Up giveaway. Together the two put together a “free-to-enter giveaway for a chance to win dad a guided fishing trip and hook and cook experience. The winner is treated to an exclusive private fishing charter, then brought back to PIER 22 to have their fresh catch cooked for them by culinary professionals,” according to a Pier 22 release.

From now until June 18, enter online at, in-person at Pier 22 or at The contest is free to enter for anyone 21 years and older and living in the United States. No purchase is required. One winner will be selected on Monday. Call Pier 22 at 941-748-8087 with questions.

▪  Bonefish Grill is offering a gift card bonus just in time for Father’s Day. With the purchase of $50 in gift cards from Thursday-Sunday, guests will receive an additional $10 bonus card.

If dad is busy on Sunday, Bonefish Grill also has a National Lobster Day deal running on Thursday, including a three-course lobster tail meal for $17.90, including a choice of salad, a seasoned and steamed cold water lobster tail served with warm drawn butter and choice of two fresh sides, and choice of dessert. Visit to find a location.

▪  Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria, with two locations in Sarasota, is celebrating Father’s Day with free beer. Every dad will receive a free draft beer at either location with the purchase of an entree on Sunday between 4 and 9 p.m. Valentino is also introducing new menu items just in time for Father’s Day, including Gulf Grouper, Penne Spinaci and Calabrese Pizza. For more information on the menu and to find a location, visit

Janelle O’Dea: 941-745-7095, @jayohday