Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.

Pollo Grill

Pollo Tropical's First Sarasota Location Opens

The chain started in Miami in 1988 and has since expanded around Florida and into Texas, Georgia and Nashville and has even set up shop in a number of Latin American and Caribbean spots.

04/26/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Breakthrough Bands

Catch Some Rising Musical Stars at the Harvey Milk Festival

The festival runs May 11-13 at Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota.

04/26/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

People Person

Populism Inspires Sarasota Resident Jerry Springer's TV Show—and His Politics

Springer estimates that he’s done 200 shows a year for 26 years, with an average of 10 guests a show, which means roughly 50,000 Americans have appeared on TV with him.

04/26/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Made in SRQ

PGT Makes Storm-Resistant Windows

The company can manufacture some of the biggest windows in the industry without sacrificing strength and stability.

04/26/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fry High

Another New Downtown Doughnut Shop Is in the Works

Five-O Donut Co isn't the only new doughnut shop coming to downtown Sarasota.

04/20/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Smoke Shop

Brick's Smoked Meats Plans to Open Downtown

The new restaurant is billed as an homage to the cuisine of central Texas, with brisket, tacos and a bar that emphasizes bourbons and tequilas.

04/18/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Glaze of Our Lives

New Doughnut Shop Coming to East Ringling Boulevard

Christine Nordstrom's Five-O Donut Co is set to open next month.

04/05/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The Fate of the Fresh

Plated Modern Kitchen: The Newest Addition to the Cooper Creek Shopping Plaza

The restaurant offers a customizable pick of roasted and braised meats, salads, sandwiches and sides.

03/31/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Made in Sarasota

Made in Sarasota: MosquitoPaQ Sunscreen and Repellant

Summer just got more bearable.

03/29/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Beer Me

Your Guide to Sarasota's Best Breweries

Craft beer lovers’ cups are running over with several new and newish breweries in the 941. We tour their taprooms and sample the suds.

03/28/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Seoul Power

Ssam Bar, a New Korean Restaurant, Opens on U.S. 301

Ssam Bar is growing the city’s Korean scene with a menu heavy on the peninsula’s classics and lunch platters that start at just $8.

03/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Whiskeytown

An Insightful, Fun, Somewhat Blurry Taste-Test of Downtown's Best Whiskey Drinks

Whiskey's everywhere these days, but who in Sarasota is pouring the good stuff?

03/20/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Meating Agenda

6 Boss Butcher Shops

Our guide to local meat spots that are a cut above.

03/15/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker and David Hackett

Time Is a Lie

Ethan Hawke Discusses Success, Failure, Art at Ringling College

"Feeling like you don't belong or there isn't a place for you is very common, and it's not permission to not take a step forward."

03/09/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Chapters and Chow

New Book, Coffee, Sandwich Spot Opens Near Ringling College

A new North Trail business with a smart selection of used books and tasty snacks.

03/08/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Road Trips

Apalachicola Is a Seafood Lover's Town

Roughly 90 percent of Florida oysters and 10 percent of American oysters come from Apalachicola Bay.

03/06/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Exit Interview

Departing Commissioner Suzanne Atwell Sounds Off on City Government

"Commissioners should have more passion and courage. It’s sickening."

03/01/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wake Up

5 Great Sarasota Coffee Shops

Five of our favorite caffeine-capable coffee counters and their bodacious bean-based beverages.

02/27/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Party Foul

Judge Grants Injunction Against Dub Shack

The new University Parkway beer bar has been embroiled in a complicated court case since opening late last month.

02/22/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Get Into the Groove

Meet Walker Lukens, the Excellent Austin Singer Who Headlines the Next Ringling Underground Concert

"Bands don't go to Florida very often, but it's actually a great place to build a fanbase because of that. Audiences are a little more appreciative of people coming."

02/17/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker