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Restaurateur uses humor to diffuse difficult times

John Horne looks for the silver lining in the coronavirus conflict.

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  • | 1:00 p.m. March 23, 2020
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Courtesy. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is offering golf cart delivery for some customers.
Courtesy. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is offering golf cart delivery for some customers.
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Gallows humor, the kind police officers and first responders use to stay sane when facing insane situations, has made its way to hospitality — courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest example comes from John Horne, the affable owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, a popular chain with four Manatee County locations. Like many other restaurants in the region, all the AMOB locations are serving takeout, Horne noted in his March 20 weekly letter to customers.  

In addition to delivery, while the dining room is closed, Horne notes: “this may be the silver lining that I'm trying really hard to find. … We can even offer you margaritas to-go! Hey, we'll take what we can get.”

Horne’s newsletter shares some well-traveled funny social media memes about social distancing and home schooling in the era of quarantining. (One example of home schooling going great: two students suspended for fighting, one student in detention for fighting back and one teacher fired for drinking tequila on the job.) But Horne also stress the importance of staying home and doing your part to flatten the curve.  

Horne, getting back to delivery, notes two locations, Landside and Pier, have a golf cart service that might be able to deliver meals directly to a customer’s door. A big music fan, Horne ends his note with an image and meme of the King, Elvis Presley, holding a burger up to the camera. “Isolated Elvis has NOT left the building,” Horne writes, “and says ORDER TAKEOUT!”




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