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).  To search for a particular business or street, hit the "Ctrl" key (lower left area of your keyboard) AND the letter "F" key at the same time.  Credit for much of the information goes to the Sarasota County History Center and the archives of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Sarasota Journal. 
Cover Photo: Sarasota restaurants of the past. 

Below: Sarasota signs of the past. 

1st Street
1287 - The Bijou CafĂ© Restaurant (since the early-to-mid 80's) used to be a Texaco service station from the 1920's-30's era to the mid-to-late 60's.  In between, it was an art studio in the mid-to-late 70's.
1296 - Umbrellas 1296 restaurant used to be Sherwin's Stork Club children&#…