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Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in Sarasota County

Learn more about these Black-owned restaurants, tours and other businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast

July 21, 2020

Chaz 51 Bistro

Chaz 51 Bistro is a foodie destination offering high-end cuisine to challenge even those with the most discerning tastes. The selections prepared by owner Chef Charles Amherst seek to excite the palate with his combination of Southern hospitality and fine dining, including scrumptious surf & turf entrees that have made this Venice restaurant a community jewel.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) was founded December 1999, by Nate Jacobs. It is the only professional black theatre company on Florida's west coast. Through the years, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions and has gained a reputation for high-quality, original, thought-provoking and sizzling performances.

Newtown Alive Trolley Tours

Newtown Alive is a non-profit organization that documents the history of Sarasota’s African American communities Overtown and Newtown with historic markers, a website, mobile app and trolley tours. Book a guided, interactive trolley or bus tour showcasing the history of Sarasota’s earliest African American pioneers with personal stories from locals and stops in places like the Newtown Historical Gallery— a community collection of hanging pictures, preserved magazines and other artifacts celebrating Newtown’s century-old history of bustling business and civil rights activism.

G’s Southern Kitchen

Chef Gordon Gregory—affectionately known as Chef G—is the owner and operator of G's Southern Kitchen specializing in southern fare such as fried chicken, which has been renamed "Friend Chicken" due to its propensity to become a best friend of the palate after just one bite. Other favorites are the locally renowned Collard Green Egg Rolls and the mouthwatering Mac and 3Geez. For the last year, Chef G has occupied the clubhouse dining room at Sarasota’s Bobby Jones Golf Club, but also offers catering and delivery orders.

Q&S Kool Cups Water Ice

Q&S Kool Cups Water Ice and owner Quintin Morris are the first to bring a popular Philadelphia frozen treat to Sarasota County. Water ice is described as a similar to Italian ice, but more smooth; and comes in recognizable flavors such as strawberry, blueberry and mango. Morris’ water ice trailer visits different locations throughout the week (usually announced via the company’s Facebook page) and can be booked for special events.

Jah Movement

Local Reggae band Jah Movement has been tearing up the Florida Circuit for years, winning awards in both in the destination and region as one of the best performers of original and popular songs. They have a passion for performing live at local events and venues like The Gator Club and Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse with not only the best reggae music, but their own touch of R&B, Soul and Funk. Jah Movement can also be booked for private events through their website.