As employers and residents in Sarasota, the principals of Tableseide Restaurant Group were concerned about the near absence of African Americans in their employee pool. Several efforts to recruit African Americans had fallen short. Interested in learning why, Tableseide Cares, a community organization started by the Seidensticker family, consulted community members and other restaurateurs. A recurrent theme was the lack of African American owned restaurants that could serve as training grounds where people could learn the business and acquire necessary expertise.
We believing that a thriving restaurant in Newtown will help address the shortage of skilled African American restaurant workers in the Sarasota area. Tableseide Cares canvassed the area for a promising site. The property at 1741 Martin Luther King Way, where Miss Susie had run her restaurant for over 20 years, seemed ideal.
Tableseide Cares will partner with Suncoast Technical College to create a hospitality training program grounded in classroom education and on the job training. Miss Susie’s Newtown Kitchen will generate economic development and exposure to the neighborhood, while reviving the site and creating careers for Newtown residents. The restaurant will pay homage to miss Susie, a Newtown icon, whose restaurant served as a community gathering place for decades.
How can you help?
This project will succeed with the unity of a community and her wonderful organizations that can come together to support the mutual mission. We will be actively seeking partnerships in the community. Please contact our team if you feel we can join forces to provide this service.
Join in this community project through a monetary donation. Your donation will fund construction and initial operating expenses.
Make Miss Susie's a reality through in-kind donations. During our first phase of fundraising we are seeking any construction materials or equipment that can be used. Please contact us to receive our wish list.
1741 Dr. Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, FL 34234