If you’re a fan of the Food Network, grab your keys and head to Sarasota as two of the channel’s stars are opening a restaurant this weekend.

I’m not much of a cook, but I do love the Food Network and watching cooking shows. I’m also all about checking out new restaurants. Especially in a town like Sarasota that’s one of my favorites on the Gulf Coast, to have a restaurant with Food Network chefs sounds nothing short of amazing.

Buddy Foy, Jr. and Jennifer Foy, “The Foys”, are known for their Food Network show, Summer Rush. The show took place in Bolton Landing, N.Y. and saw three members of one family, each with their own restaurant, square off against each other with just 60 days to make all their money for the whole year.

The Foys already own two other restaurants: The Chateau Anna Maria on Anna Maria Island and The Chateau On the Lake in New York. Now, another will be opening this weekend called The Chateau Sarasota. The restaurant’s website said it brings “interpretation and flair of the American gusto to French-inspired dishes.” It will be located at 2001 Siesta Drive across the street from the Crossings at Siesta Key mall. Some special events the Sarasota restaurant has planned include Jazz Nights, a Chefs’ Tasting Counter, Club Chateau, Hospitality/Industry Night and Tuesday Wine Night.

The Chateau Sarasota will be open from noon to midnight every day but Monday. They will also serve brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

20 Florida 'Diners Drive-In's and Dives' Featured By Guy Fieri

20 Florida ‘Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives’ Featured By Guy Fieri

Living in Florida, we know we have a ton of choices when it comes to good food.  Especially here in Southwest Florida.  Think of all of the delicious restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva islands, in Downtown Ft. Myers, on 5th Avenue in Naples or in many of the malls in the area like Gulf Coast Town Center and Bell Tower. But, have you tried any of these places Guy Fieri went to on his popular Food Network show?

I’m not a big cook, however I’m obsessed with the Food Network and one of my favorite shows is Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” Not only has it given me some great ideas on places to try, but it’s also fun to see what each place offers. And my list keeps getting longer especially since 67 Florida restaurants have been featured.

If you want to see a list of ALL the restaurants featured on the show, TVFoodmaps.com has a full list.  But, out of the 67 in Florida, while not all of them are still open, below are 20 ‘Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives’ restaurants closest to us in SWFL (in order by mileage).  If Guy Fieri loves these places, we’ve got to give them a shot.



Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127

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