Restaurant News: Owen’s Fish Camp to open Lakewood Ranch location – Entertainment – Sarasota Herald-Tribune



The popular downtown seafood restaurant in Sarasota will join the Center Point development of Lakewood Ranch.

SARASOTA – After a decade in business, one of downtown Sarasota’s most popular restaurants has announced plans to expand its business to Lakewood Ranch.

Owen’s Fish Camp, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in the downtown Burns Court neighborhood and has developed a loyal following due to its charming Florida chalet setting and wide array of seafood, will open a second location in the Center Point development of Lakewood Ranch. The plans are expected to open in late spring 2021.

Paul Caragiulo, who with his brothers Owen’s Fish Camp as part of a family of restaurants that includes Caragiulos, Veronica Fish & Oyster and Daily Bird, said they had been looking for a second location for years but wanted a place that might suit its unique context. They chose Center Point and developer CASTO Southeast, whose president Brett Hutchens has visited Owen’s since it opened.

“It just took a while to find the right space,” Caragiulo said. “It took a while to find the right developer who was really willing to work with us and try to fit this specific concept into their development plan. We’re really excited about this opportunity.”

Center Point is located on the south side of University Parkway between Lakewood Ranch and Business Boulevard, east of Interstate 75 and west of Lorraine Road. The 50-acre mixed-use site will include a 77,000 square foot medical office building, a Hilton hotel, retail and dining, and wetlands that will be maintained.

The new Owen’s Fish Camp will feature a similar setting inside and outside Old Florida, but will be larger, with Caragiulo describing it as “cracker style on a somewhat larger scale.” The Lakewood Ranch restaurant will be 4,000 square feet with approximately 1,500 square feet of deck space, while the original location is approximately 1,800 square feet.

In order to replicate the natural backdrop of downtown Sarasota, Florida, they plan to move tall trees on the development to the location of Owen’s Fish Camp. The restaurant will also offer a view of the retention basin.

“We understand the concept of the fishing lodge and what the Caragiulos are planning,” Hutchens said. “As a result, we will be creating their own little environment in one segment of the property. And it will be heavily landscaped, with unique features other than just a mall.”

Caragiulo does not foresee any significant changes to the menu, which features seafood, including the popular lowland broth of crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, andouilles sausages, potatoes and of corn. However, he expects the new location to be full of alcohol (the original space currently only serves beer and wine.)

The larger location might also be able to accommodate reservations for larger groups, Caragiulo said – the original Owen’s Fish Camp is only accessible without an appointment – though he doesn’t imagine moving entirely to a traditional reservation system.

As Lakewood Ranch continues to grow, many of Sarasota-Manatee’s greatest restaurateurs have also come here. Pier 22 owner Hugh Miller and executive chef Greg Campbell opened Grove in the former Polo Grill location in late 2018, while last year Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie and Nancy’s Bar-BQ locations opened additional locations at Lakewood Ranch.

The Caragiulo brothers are thrilled to join them and happy to see how many audiences Owen’s Fish Camp still has 10 years later.

“I was there last night, I was outside, and I never tire of seeing people having fun there,” said Paul Caragiulo.

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