Sarasota News Leader

12/27/2013

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CONTINUING TO LEAD THE WAY The full moon shines down on The Beach Club and The Lobster Pot in Siesta Village on Dec. 18. Photo by Rachel Hackney TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX REVENUE IS HIGHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST MONTH OF THE NEW FISCAL YEAR, AND BUSINESS OWNERS PROJECT A STRONG SEASON AHEAD By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor In the six years since Libby's Café + Bar opened in Southside Village, business has continued to build, says Joe Seidensticker, chief operating officer and general manager. facility in April in the ground level of the Palm Avenue parking garage. "It looks like it's going to shape up to be a really good season," Seidensticker says of the new restaurant, Louies Modern. Given the number of other restaurants that have opened and become well established At Libby's he notes, numbers have been "really in that same period, he adds, one big key to strong" this fall, a trend the Seidenstickers Libby's success has to be tourism. have marked since summer. Acting on the basis of that continued growth, I think it'll be a very strong season the Seidensticker family members and for Sarasota. their partners opened Joe Seidensticker n o t o n l y a n o t h e r Chief Operating Officer & General Manager Libby's and Louies Modern restaurant but also a banquet/meeting Over on Siesta Key, businessman Chris Brown points out, "The season seems to be getting longer." Brown adds, "We had a terrific August and

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