A Letter from our CEO

A letter of thanks

Hi friends,

The group at Tableseide cannot believe that this time of the year has come again.
We are thankful, grateful and always learning.

First and foremost we are thankful for our amazing teams in each of our restaurants. Libby's Sarasota on Hillview, Libby's Lakewood Ranch on Lorraine Road and Circo, A Taco & Bourbon Joint, on 2nd Street in downtown Sarasota. When COVID-19 hit in mid-March, we watched as we had to close the doors to at the time, 5 locations. We were scared along with the rest of our community and our world. Our teams worked tirelessly, amid the fear and were by our side when we launched a to go program from our Libby's locations to try to serve our community and keep our staffs salaries alive while we still could. We made the difficult decision, on April 1, to suspend all operations. All of our staff was furloughed. 

As soon as we were able to reopen, and it was deemed safe by Governor De Santis, we resumed operations at 25% indoor occupancy. Again, our staff was there as soon as a phone call was made that we were reopening. Since day one of reopening, our entire team has worn PPE-a mask at all times, gloves in the beginning until we created a better system, and daily logged temperature checks for any staff member entering the building. The restaurant business is a beautiful challenge in the best of times, so this was certainly a daunting endeavor--to keep everyone in our community safe, to keep our tireless teams safe and to not indefinitely close the doors to our wonderful restaurants. 

We are grateful. We cannot thank our local Sarasota community and beyond. Without the support of our patrons, our doors would have closed. We did close Lemon Tree Kitchen, and are still trying to find a perfect spot to relocate.

We are always learning-recently, all of our locations earned the FRLA Seal of Commitment by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. FRLA's highest designation for hospitality safety and sanitation standards, Seal of Commitment is a promise that your restaurant or hotel meets safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA. Awarded establishments have invested resources to ensure that the location, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see an FRLA Seal of Commitment decal on an establishment's door, they have confidence the business is sanitary and safe and that staff are well trained. We are excited to be in the great company of other businesses that have the same seal.

We hope to see you soon at one of our locations, and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Joe Guli, CEO


Tableseide Restaurant Group plans departure from Ringling Museum in June

Tableseide Restaurant Group announces it's departure as the vendor for food service at The Ringling Museum effective June 30th.

Tableseide Restaurant Group announces their departure as the food service vendor for The Ringling Museum property, including Muse at The Ringling, Banyan Cafe, and the Coffee Shop on June 30, 2020. Tableseide entered into a 5 year contract with FSU in July, 2015 as sole operator of all food service venues on the grounds of the Ringling. During the five years Tableseide transitioned the popular Treviso to Muse at The Ringling located in The Ringling Visitor Center, refreshing the brand with a new name, a modern look, and an artistic outtake on a menu. 

"The past five years have been a wonderful experience, I am proud of the local touch and innovation that we brought to a landmark of Sarasota. We were honored to be a part of such a wonderful history and look forward to passing the touch to the new vendor" says Joe Guli, CEO of Tableseide Restaurant Group. Once the five year contract came up for renewal Tableseide understood that their core brands, Libby's, Lemon Tree, Circo, and Tableseide Catering are the true heart of their company and decided to not rebid their contract with Florida State University. "We are excited to shift our focus to our core brands, our company continues to grow and we are excited for the extra resources to focus toward our brands that are the heart of our company." stated Joe Guli. 

Tableseide will work closely with the new vendor to make the transition smooth. Employees will be offered jobs at other Tableseide locations if they choose. Tableseide Catering will still be an approved vendor for catering special events at The Ringling. Contact our Events department for inquiries at www.tableseidecatering.com.

Tableseide Restaurant Group Partners With Southeastern Guide Dogs To Raise Money For Life Transforming Program



Tableseide Restaurant Group Partners With Southeastern Guide Dogs To Raise Money For Life Transforming Program

Visit Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch and Circo downtown to
make a difference in someone's life! Puppy bank statues to support Southeastern Guide Dogs
will be on display at each location.
Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds and trains dogs that transform the lives of people that need
them. These four-legged superheroes become guide dogs for youth and adults that are visually
impaired and service dogs for veterans with disabilities. There is never any charge for these
courageous canines, and the organization operates on 100% donations.
"Tableseide Restaurants have had our dogs on parade for several years now, and we're thrilled
that we can continue this partnership by displaying our new puppy banks at Libby's on Osprey,
Libby's in Lakewood Ranch, and Circo," said Andy Kramer, Vice President of Philanthropy for
Southeastern Guide Dogs. "The support that we receive from the local community and our
valued partners like Tableseide Restaurants allows us to train extraordinary guide and service
dogs that go on to transform the lives of many."
"Our mission to change and save lives through our dogs is one that is a selfless, team-oriented
focus and having a puppy bank in honor of Pella showcases that wonderfully," said Sean Brown,
U.S. Army Veteran and Philanthropy Associate at Southeastern Guide Dogs. "I would not have
accomplished any of what we have done without her. She's the inspiration that keeps me pushing
harder and to do bigger and better things, just like all of our service dogs do for my fellow
graduates. I think Pella would agree that we share this honor with our peers and hope that it is a
beacon of inspiration for all that see it."