Joey D's Chicago Style Eatery Pizzeria closes downtown Sarasota location – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria, which debuted locally on 14th Street in Bradenton and has numerous locations across Manatee and Sarasota counties, is no longer open in downtown Sarasota at 211 N. Tamiami Trail. 
“We loved being downtown but the road construction that’s been going on for so long and things like the pandemic were the reasons we closed,” said co-owner Tommy Dennis.  “We plan to open elsewhere downtown during the next year. There are a lot of high-end restaurants there but people really love our concept of Chicago-Italian style food that’s in a casual, Chicago sports theme setting. »
The other Joey D’s in east Sarasota, west Bradenton, Palmetto and Venice are thriving and will remain open, Dennis said. He also noted they have a six-year plan to add more restaurants in downtown Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Lakewood Ranch, North Port and Parish. Joey D’s was founded in Minnesota in 1994 and named for the family’s late brother, Joey, who had Cockayne syndrome, a rare genetic disease. 
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The restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton are owned by brothers Tommy and Bobby Dennis while the Venice and Palmetto proprietors are cousins Anthony and Tom Santangelo and Jay Hixon.
Most Joey D’s restaurants accommodate from 150 to 175 diners inside and out with the Venice and Palmetto locations having full bars while the Sarasota and Manatee ones serve beer and wine.
Among popular menu items are the Chicago-style stuffed pizza (plus deep dish or thin crust), Vienna beef hot dogs, Italian sausages, wings, Italian hot beef, Philly cheese steaks and an array of Italian dishes. The restaurants provide take-out, catering and delivery services.
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