Manatee Libraries to Open Bradenton Eateries Exhibit


MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 12, 2017) – Manatee County Public Libraries plans to open a new exhibit that combines history and food. Their latest Eaton Historical exhibit, Bradenton Eateries: Then & Now, opening April 19, provides the history of restaurants, cafes, fast food, and confectionaries in Bradenton. 


“We decided to create the exhibit as a way to celebrate both the rich culinary history of the area and the resurgence of foodie culture which includes exciting new establishments in Bradenton,” said Ericka Dow, Information Services Manager. 


While the exhibit will largely feature the Bradenton and Cortez area, Dow said fun information about restaurants from all around Manatee County will be available, as well.Some of Bradenton’s longest running establishments include Council’s Recreation Hall (1926), The Shake Pit (1959) and Turner’s Donuts (1960), while other restaurants like Pier 22 stand in very historical locations. A sign in Council’s says they were “making burgers when McDonald’s was still a farm.” The first McDonald’s in Bradenton opened on US 41 in 1965 and is still located there today.


To celebrate the opening, a reception will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, where samples will be provided free of charge.


“We invite the public to enjoy delicious treats as they delve in to Bradenton’s culinary past and present,” said Dow.

Downtown Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. The reception will be held in the Eaton Room on the Second Floor. For more information, please call 941-748-5555, x6311, or email

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit, follow them at or twitter and instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov