Sarasota FL

Did you ever wonder what the restaurant, grocery store, department store or bank that you shop or patronize while in Sarasota, FL used to be?  Maybe not, but if you have, here are some of them listed by street name and street number (the list will be continuously expanded and updated).  Credit for much of the information goes to the Sarasota History Center and the archives of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Sarasota Journal.

1st Street
1287 - The Bijou CafĂ© Restaurant (since the mid 80's) used to be a Texaco service station from the 20's-30's era into the 60's.  In between, it was an art studio in the mid to late 70's.
1426 - This was the location of the Plaza Restaurant from 1928 to the mid-70's, It then became Merlin's Restaurant until the early 90's and was torn down a few years later in 1997 to make way for new development.

17th Street
3251 (unit 10) - Pizza Hut (since the mid-to-late 80's) in the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center
used to be T.V. Engi…