This year will mark 40 years of experience in Manatee County’s hospitality industry for John Horne, who began his career working summers at Fast Eddie’s Place while completing his Business degree at Clemson University. In 1995, John opened his first restaurant, Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the City Pier in Anna Maria, Florida. Today, Anna Maria Oyster Bar consists of four area restaurants of the same name that serve great seafood with unmatched hospitality at a great value.
John Horne is currently Vice Chairman of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Chairman of the Board of Leadership Florida. Overseeing marketing and community relations for the Horne Hospitality Group, Amanda Horne works to encourage inclusivity in our community and has spent her career championing for access to educational opportunities. The Hornes have been recognized for their leadership and philanthropy by numerous organizations. One award of special significance to the Hornes is receiving the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award in 2018 for their work with their Dive into Reading program, a Summer Grade-Level Reading program for Title I schools in Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties now entering its sixth summer. Last year they were recipients of the Manatee Chamber’s Bob P. Bartz Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Pace Center for Girls Statewide Believing in Girls Award for their years of dedication to girls including co-chairing a $6 Million Capital Campaign. The Anna Maria Oyster Bars have been named Small Business of the Year by the Greater Sarasota, Longboat Key and the Manatee Chambers of Commerce.
2022 brings the next evolution of the Horne’s hospitality group with the purchase of Sarasota’s iconic Café L’Europe.