First Watch Expands, Updates Original Sarasota Restaurant

The original First Watch restaurant in Sarasota has been expanded and updated as part of an overall remodel. Opened more than 25 years ago, the south Sarasota restaurant, located in the Square South Plaza at 8383 S. Tamiami Trail, features an expanded lobby, new community tables, soft seating areas, modern artwork and completely remodeled restrooms.

The restaurant – known for its prominent waterfront patio – was expanded through the acquisition of an additional 1,053 adjacent square feet that formerly housed a dry cleaner, bringing the total square footage of the redesigned restaurant to 4,681.

“We’re excited to refresh our very first restaurant in Sarasota with a modern look that more closely aligns with our goal of providing a pleasurable dining experience to all our guests,” said Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer for First Watch.

First Watch is known for delivering an excellent dining experience and fast, friendly service. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Of” accolades in markets across the country, the restaurant features traditional favorites including pancakes, omelets, salads and sandwiches, as well as signature specialties such as the Chickichanga, Healthy Turkey Omelet and Fresh Fruit Crepes.

In addition to serving unique and fresh entrées, First Watch offers its exclusive Sunrise Select Premium Blend Coffee. The special blend is made from slow-roasted, hand-selected, high-grown Panamanian, Colombian and Mexican coffee beans.

First Watch serves its entire menu seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers guests complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

First Watch has specialized in award-winning, made-to-order Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch for nearly 30 years. A recipient of more than 200 “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch” accolades, First Watch offers traditional favorites such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches and salads, to unique specialty items like the fan-favorite Chickichanga and Fresh Fruit Crepes. It is currently the largest and fastest-growing daytime-only restaurant concept in the U.S. with nearly 100 restaurants in 14 states and additional units under development as part of the Bradenton, Fla.-based company’s aggressive growth strategy.  For more information, visit

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