|The Sun Sets on Armand Circle|
St. Armands Circle grew from a simple mangrove patch in the early part of the 20th Century and is now a haunt for the rich of residents of Sarasota Bay area and to live here you would certainly need a few zero’s tagged on to any prime number.
It is also a draw for thousands of tourists who flock here to sample the ambiance of its tropical surroundings, shops and restaurants each year.
Frenchman Charles St. Amand who the circle is named after bought more than 130 acres on the island in 1893 when it was nothing more than a mangrove; as the years went by an error spelling his name on land deeds led to the spelling of the name today.
John Ringling another famous bay area resident purchased property on the Key in the early 1900’s with a plan to build a shopping centre and residential homes, the lots were planned as a circle. However his plan did not come to fruition until the 1950s.
|One of the many eateries to be found in this unique location|
For a great lunch, the famous Columbia Restaurant has a menu to suit all tastes. The signature original salad “1905” is simply scrumptious it is tossed at your table. Consisting of crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato and olives; then dressed with Romano cheese and the famous family garlic dressing, I would also strongly recommend a glass or carafe, (if there are more than two of you), of the Sangria. . . . . . . .
Or if a Martini lover then the Columbia's Signature Martini is one of the best I have
experienced and the Mint Julep is another favourite of mine.
|Outside seating at the Columbia|
There is something for everyone here, young and old alike and St Armands Circle is easily accessible from Rotonda West, Florida, using route 41.