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For this week’s restaurant and bar news roundup, we have delicious deals for National Doughnut Day, restaurant openings in UTC and Sarasota as well as information on the Savor Sarasota restaurant weeks that recently launched. Let’s begin with those doughnut deals. 

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day at Five-O Donut Co. in Sarasota.

Celebrate National Doughnut Day at Five-O Donut Co.

National Doughnut Day is Friday and Sarasota’s most beloved doughnut shop is celebrating.

All three Five-O Donut Co. locations, which are all in Sarasota County, will be open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or they’re all sold out) and giving away one free “simple” doughnut per person with any transaction.

The first 12 individual transactions at each location will get a free Five-O Squad T-shirt.

Five-O is also offering specials and ready-to-go grab boxes to keep wait times down. For $12, you can get a pre-boxed selection of 12 simple doughnuts (regular price $19) or six mixed doughnuts (two simple, four “fancy”) for $12 (regular price $15.)

Christine Nordstrom owner of Five-O Donut Co. located in Sarasota.

“It’s our busiest day of the year,” owner Christine Nordstrom said of National Doughnut Day.

National Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army with their goal to help those in need during the Great Depression and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers. 

“So keeping with that tradition each year we ‘dough-nate’ a portion of our National Donut Day proceeds to the Salvation Army,” Nordstrom said.

Five-O Donut Co., which has developed a dedicated following for its creative doughnut offerings since opening its original Sarasota storefront in 2017, opened its third and latest location, at 3800 S. Tamiami Trail #107 in Shops at Siesta Row, in November

Five-O Donut Co. also has stores on Ringling Boulevard and another on South Tamiami Trail. For more information, visit

Burger Culture, which is based in Tampa, is opening a location in Sarasota's Mall at University Town Center. Pictured is the company's mango burger with sauteed onions, cream cheese and mango chutney on brioche bread.

Burger Culture coming to Sarasota’s University Town Center

Burger Culture, a gourmet burger restaurant based in Tampa, is opening its first Sarasota location inside the Mall at University Town Center at Interstate 75 and University Parkway. The company plans to open an 1,800-square-foot restaurant on the mall’s lower level next to Intimissimi and across from Bath & Body Works sometime in June. 

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