Dining options expand as we approach season By Wade Tatangelo

(Ticket editor) 

Sure, it still feels like summer.

But the numerous dining destinations reopening and returning to regular hours this week and next is a sure sign season is approaching. And now is a great time to visit these popular spots before season really gets started.

Sol's NYC Delicatessen (1991 Main St.) has returned to regular hours, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, which means the return of those delicious Jewish soul food dinners complete with a slice of Sol's amazing cheesecake. Sol's has also brought back happy hour, daily from 3 to 6 p.m. with$3 drafts, $4 bottles, half off all wine, and 25-50 percent discount on all liquor libations.

Also downtown, Upper Main Street sushi staple Utamaro (1900 Main St.) will start serving its signature rolls for lunch and dinner again on Wednesday.

Seafood Shack, a landmark restaurant and marina in 4110 127th St. W. Cortez on the Intracoastal Waterway that recently unveiled a fun, new happy hour menu and daily dining deals, returns to regular hours Wednesday after taking off for “a little me time” Monday and Tuesday.

On Anna Maria Island, fresh seafood destination Blue Marlin (121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach) reopens Thursday.

Duffy’s Tavern (5808 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach), a family owned and operated restaurant that has been serving beloved burgers on Anna Maria Island since 1958, reopens Tuesday.

The Waterfront Restaurant of Anna Maria (111 S. Bay Blvd.), featuring indoor as well as outdoor seating by the beach, reopens Saturday.

Over on Longboat Key, Harry’s Continental Kitchen (525 St Judes Drive) reopens Thursday.

Another fine-dining favorite on Longboat Key, Euphemia Haye (5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive), also reopens Thursday.

Jo-To Japanese Restaurant, with its hibachi tables and sushi bar, at 5218 Ocean Blvd. on Siesta Key, reopens Oct. 4.

The two longest-running restaurants in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts were on hiatus this month, but not at the same time. Arts and Eats (1114 12th St W.) reopens Wednesday. Ortygia (1418 13th St. W.) closes Wednesday and reopens Oct. 6.

In Osprey, the popular waterfront restaurant and tiki bar Casey Key Fish House (801 Blackburn Point Road) reopens Friday.

Also, the Venice landmark Crow’s Nest Marina Restaurant (1968 Tarpon Center Drive), which closes every year the day after Labor Day for annual maintenance while the marina remains open, recently reopened its restaurant and tavern.

Know of other local restaurants taking a break or reopening? Please email ticket@heraldtribune.com