Sarasota bar, grill to open third full-service location


The restaurant, which has branches in Sarasota and Bradenton, launched the quick and easy X-Press Grill concept earlier this year.

A popular bar and grill with two Sarasota-Manatee locations plans to replace a quick and casual concept it launched earlier this year with a third full-service restaurant.

The Parrot X-Press Grill, which opened in January in the former Smacks Burgers and Shakes space at 2407 Bee Ridge Road, has closed. It will undergo renovations to become a new Parrot Patio Bar & Grill, which has locations in Sarasota and Bradenton.

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Owner Jeff Gambino said he purchased the neighboring property, a former Appliance Max location, in order to expand the Parrot X-Press Grill into a full-fledged Parrot Patio Bar & Grill, and anticipate the new location to open in mid -2022.

“We had always thought from day one when we bought the property (Smacks) that we might want to do that, should the opportunity arise,” Gambino said of opening a third Parrot Patio Bar location & Grill. “Our whole concept works very well. “

Gambino said they plan to keep the existing ownership of the Parrot X-Press Grill while demolishing the building next door, which will provide space for an outdoor patio bar as well as additional parking. The planned renovations will increase the current seating capacity from approximately 89 to 150.

The new location will also feature the full Parrot Patio Bar & Grill menu, including a variety of pizzas, burgers, soups, salads, entrees, entrees and sandwiches, including West New York’s favorite beef. Gambino said the new location also plans to serve alcohol, which the Parrot X-Press Grill did not.

The Parrot Patio Bar & Grill opened its first location in 2018 in a former bank on the corner of Beneva Road and Webber Street, originally as The Lazy Parrot. A second location opened the following year in Bradenton on State Road 70 near I-75, taking over the former space of The Angry Rooster Wing Company.

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