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SMO Welcomes Bridge Street Bistro

Oct 03, 2011 04:27PM

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), a trade organization comprised of more than 50 independent restaurants from Anna Maria to Venice, is proud to welcome its newest member restaurant, Bridge Street Bistro, located in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island.

“We’re thrilled Bridge Street Bistro has joined our inspired group of restaurants,” says Kate Atkin, SMO executive director. “Owner Bill Herlihy was part of the committee that started the Originals more than eight years ago. After leaving his management position at Café L’Europe, Bill opened Bridge Street Bistro in February. It’s great to have him back with the group!”

Herlihy says that joining the Originals is “something I wanted to do since opening Bridge Street Bistro. So many of the members are my old friends and colleagues. I agree wholeheartedly with the group’s mission that we all work together to proudly promote locally owned restaurants while preserving the unique culinary heritage of this community.”

For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit freshoriginals. com or call 941-955-3663. For more information about Bridge Street Bistro visit or call 941-782-1122.

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