[Orlando, Fla] The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) recognized Sandra Cottrell, head server at Half Shell Raw Bar, as the 2019 Restaurant Employee of the Year, at the association’s annual Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration. The gala, held on Sept. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, honors men and women from around the Sunshine State for their remarkable work in the hospitality industry.
Cottrell has worked at Half Shell Raw Bar for 34 years, since she first moved to Key West in 1985. Dedicated to the Key West community, Cottrell spends her time away from the restaurant helping with local relief efforts, fundraising events and non-profits. She is “the heart of the Half Shell Raw Bar,” according to her team, and her passion showcases why FRLA awarded her with Restaurant Employee of the Year.