Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Main Street Plans Get Hearing | City Leaders to Consider Cask and Ale Cocktail Bar on Tuesday

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Main Street Plans Get Hearing | City Leaders to Consider Cask and Ale Cocktail Bar on Tuesday

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SARASOTA CITY COMMISSION

SARASOTA -- A public hearing on plans for a new restaurant and cocktail bar on Main Street will be held before the City Commission on Tuesday night.

Cask and Ale plans to serve a small-plates menu and hand-crafted cocktails at 1548 Main Street next to Evie's Tavern, but it has wound up in the middle of a larger fight about the area's character.

The plans have met stiff resistance from a handful of downtown residents who fear another bar would turn Main Street into a noisy entertainment district, while receiving equally firm support from young professionals who are fans of Cask and Ale's offerings at its popular St. Petersburg location.

Given the debate over the plans, the City Commission delayed a vote on the bar in May to schedule a formal public hearing. …

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