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Soma Creek Side opens Tuesday in downtown Bradenton

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Soma Creek Side; 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, opens Tuesday, September 24, 2013. COURTESY PHOTO

The wait is finally over for Manatee-Sarasota foodies.

The new Soma Creek Side, which started quietly serving lunches last week in downtown Bradenton, opens for dinner at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Owner Dave Shiplett, one of the most celebrated chefs in Manatee County, will serve dinner 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Shiplett's Soma Diner, in East Bradenton, had its final day July 26. It's where discerning diners went for a wide variety of dishes ranging from fresh, locally caught fish to truck-stop favorites.

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Dave Shiplett

“I love owning a restaurant in my hometown,” Shiplett said in July. “That’s what I like about going downtown; it’s always been the center of the universe to me. Growing up, it’s where the theater was and all the best restaurants and I’ve just had a burning desire to be downtown, to be part of it, to be back to that place.”

The grand opening will be Oct. 6 with the benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer featuring a performance by award-winning, New Jersey-based singer songwriter Chelsea Carlson.

Soma Creek Side; 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; 567-4001.

Read more of my interview with Shiplett.



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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