Tommy and Jaymie Klauber buy Fred’s in Lakewood Ranch.
This just in from the newsroom—make that the kitchen…
Tommy and Jaymie Klauber are the new owners of Fred’s Restaurant and Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch. Tommy and Jaymie gave me the skinny during the stone crab festivities at the Colony last Friday night, where they were celebrating their 10th anniversary of meeting (at Stone Crab Festival, of course) and were trying to keep their feet on the sand, having just returned from a food trip to Cambodia with the Connoisseur Club.
Tommy and Jaymie Klauber celebrate stone crabs, their anniversary and their new Lakewood Ranch venture.
While Tommy claimed to have found the best street food of any trip, his stepmom Sue Klauber proudly exclaimed that the best food was the night that Tommy cooked his fabulous Asian-inspired cuisine on the ship. Hmmmm… looks like the pan-seared Chilean sea bass with baby bok choy in lobster broth that diners love at Tommy’s Pattigeorge’s restaurant on Longboat Key will be headed to Lakewood Ranch!
Expect bistro-style food, but with Tommy’s divine Asian flair on several dishes. The new space allows the couple’s Fete catering business to locate into a larger facility as well; and with all the raves around town, this foodie included, I have no doubt that Fred’s (look for name change after season) under Tommy and Jaymie’s care will be the toast of the town.