When the announcement came last week that a second Owen’s Fish Camp would be located at Lakewood Ranch, fans of the restaurant wondered if the owners would try to recapture the same quaint and intimate feel of the Sarasota location.
âIt’s going to be a place people want to go for sure,â said Paul Caragiulo, co-owner of Owen’s Fish Camp. âThere is a lot of thought and a lot of care in this place. “
Caragiulo said the restaurant’s outdoor space is a big part of the environment that he and his brothers, Rob and Mark, are trying to accomplish with the new restaurant. They integrate space into the stormwater infrastructure to have a waterfront aspect with activities for the guests. They are also working with developers to move oak trees around the property to add to the atmosphere of the restaurant.
The original Owen’s Fish Camp opened in 2010 at 516 Burns Court in Sarasota and has since grown into a popular seafood restaurant known for its âFlorida Cracker decorâ and bluegrass music.
The Caragiulos surveyed several locations at Lakewood Ranch before landing on the Casto’s Center Point development off University Parkway and just east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.
âI think Lakewood Ranch has become such an important place,â said Paul Caragiulo. âI got to know a lot of people who live in Lakewood Ranch. It looks like a community that is receptive to the kind of thing we want to do. We believe in what is going on there.
Finding and settling in the perfect location took five years, Caragiulo said, as they wanted to find a developer who would work with the brothers to make their vision for the second restaurant a reality.
âThere were a lot of constraints in some areas and a lot of things that just didn’t work,â he said. âWe were determined to have this vision that we would execute as we wanted and not try to solve it. “
Aaron Ruben, vice president of development at Casto Southeast, said Casto is eager to bring concepts from downtown Sarasota, like Owen’s Fish Camp, to Lakewood Ranch.
âWe think it’s going to have a big impact,â Ruben said. âWe are very excited about this partnership. We believe it will bring high level feel to our development.
Running in Owen’s fish camp will attract other restaurants to the Casto development, Ruben said. The developers are in discussions with a few other concepts that will provide other types of cuisine besides seafood.
Owen’s Fish Camp at Lakewood Ranch is slated to open in the spring of 2021.
The restaurant will have a lot of competition. This is the first restaurant announced for the Center Point development, which will have three to four additional âsit-downâ restaurants.
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is also slated to open the Waterside Place entertainment center in 2021, which will also include several other restaurants.
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