Feb. 20: Groundbreaking for Miss Susie’s Restaurant in Newtown

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SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 19, 2018 – The much-anticipated groundbreaking of Miss Susie’s, Newtown’s newest restaurant, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20th.  TableSeide Cares, together with community members and representatives from the City of Sarasota, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, donors and other supporters will join together to celebrate the launch of this exciting redevelopment project 


·       TableSeide Cares | Steve Seidensticker Board Chair

·       TableSeide Restaurant Group | Joe Seidensticker, CEO | Lisa Seidensticker, COO

·       Property owner Thelma Upshaw along with sisters and restaurant managers Joane and Valerie Williams

·       City of Sarasota | Former Mayor Willie Shaw

·       Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency

·       Community Foundation of Sarasota

·       Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation

·       Gulf Coast Community Foundation

·       Hoyt Architects

·       T Salem Construction

·       The Jewish Federation

·       Ringling College

·       Ian Black Real Estate

·       Tervis

·       DuCon

·       Sarasota Chamber of Commerce



Groundbreaking ceremony for Miss Susie’s Restaurant

The restaurant will serve as a hospitality training ground for members of the community and bring a new, affordable, family-gathering, and Southern hospitality-influenced restaurant to the Newtown neighborhood.



Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

11 a.m.



1741 Martin Luther King Way

Sarasota, FL  



This community-based project will employ 11 to 15 people from the neighborhood with the goal of serving as a training ground for residents to jumpstart their careers in the hospitality business.   

The goal is to create a viable, locally led business and to develop staff with the kitchen and hospitality skills necessary for the operation of both the back of the house -- kitchen, business aspects -- and the front of the house -- the hospitality portion.   In reviving the site and creating careers for residents of Newtown, the new restaurant will pay homage to Miss Susie, a Newtown icon whose restaurant served as a gathering place for families in the neighborhood for decades.