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Selby House Cafe Improvements For Enhanced Guest Experience

Selby House Cafe Improvements For Enhanced Guest Experience

If you have visited Selby Gardens since July 2019, you may have noticed the “pardon our dust” sign located just outside the historic Selby House. Wondering what’s happening behind all the drilling and dust? 

The Selby House, which was built in the early 1920s as Marie and William Selby’s original home on the property, is undergoing some exciting restoration and preservation efforts.  This project will ensure that this historic building is more resilient to hazardous winds and weather conditions. We at Michael’s On East are also taking this opportunity to improve Selby House Cafe’s kitchen facilities, resulting in an even better dining experience for Selby Gardens visitors.

In addition to the improvements in dining facilities at Selby Gardens, Michael’s On East is also planning an interior renovation to our flagship location on East Avenue in Sarasota. (Just around the corner from Selby Gardens!)  Currently slated for January 2020, these enhancements to the dining rooms at Michael’s On East deliver on our mission to offer the finest hospitality from the guest’s point of view. 

Midtown Plaza -- which houses the flagship Michael’s On East Restaurant and Ballroom, Michael’s Wine Cellar, and our Catering & Events division -- will also see significant changes in the near future.  Extensive exterior renovations to the entire Plaza are in the final design stages, which will ensure that Midtown Plaza & our facilities will continue to support our community’s needs for years to come. It is of the utmost importance to us that not only our dining guests but the guests of the myriad community events supported by our Michael’s On East family each year enjoy the best possible experience. 

Are there alternative options while Selby House Cafe is closed? 

Yes, food and refreshments are always nearby at Selby Gardens! The historic Carriage House is the temporary home of the delicious foods & beverages provided by Michael’s On East. The Carriage House offers a limited menu due to space constraints but options abound whether you’re looking for a healthy lunch, freshly-prepared snack or a delicious latte to sip as you stroll the grounds.  Construction is expected to finish sometime in early October. Follow along with construction updates on our Selby House Cafe Facebook Page!

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