Selva Grill will soon be opening their second location at the University Town Center, after nearly 20 years on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. They opened in 2004.
The new space will be larger with indoor and outdoor seating. We have only seen pictures of the interior, a warm and inviting environment similar to the Main Street location. The many favorite Peruvian-inspired dishes and craft cocktails will be offered at the new spot, along with their eclectic tea menu.
One change we are happy to report is the addition of Mote Beach Tea. We are thrilled to share the fantastic news. It seems like a good time to share a bit of the history between Local Tea Company and the Selva Grill not covered in our history. And we are long overdue for a fresh Sip Locally Tea Journey blog post!
Selva Grill was our first wholesale client. They helped Local Tea to start selling our loose leaf teas to restaurants and cafes in the Sarasota area.
It all started back in 2010 or maybe 2009 when a bright young woman came into our Siesta Key Shop (now the Bean Coffeehouse.) She mentioned that she wanted to improve the tea experience where she worked. I remember her telling me, “Just like in the kitchen, we are always trying to improve every aspect of the dining experience.” She was a hostess at Selva Grill and a Tea Lover!
Her thought was that after an exceptional meal at one of the best restaurants in Sarasota, “why not offer quality loose leaf teas rather than common tea bags that anyone could find at Publix?”
She went on to say that guests order from an extensive wine list and then ports or sherries, but they did not have anything comparable for kids or those not drinking alcohol. She believed that diners at Selva Grill expected a better tea experience. Adding, “We want the last experience to be memorable, and if that is tea, it should be exceptional.”
Without any formal program in place, we discussed options for herbal and caffeinated teas. We created a Tea Menu with a balanced selection to match the breadth of the Selva Grill menu. The Tea Menu was printed and laminated at Blue Line and delivered a few days later.
And, “¡eso!” Local Tea Company had a wholesale customer. There have been a few changes over the years as Selva Grill continues to evolve.
Mote Beach Tea
Adding Mote Beach Tea to their Tea Menu is one example. Especially since the new Mote Aquarium broke ground nearby at Nathan Benderson Park. And with every purchase of Mote Beach Tea, a portion is donated to the operating budget for Mote Laboratory and Aquarium.
Our Mote Beach Tea is a beautiful caffeine-free tropical tea for those not familiar with this fabulous herbal tea. Five ingredients blended to perfection include rosehips, hibiscus, apple, coconut, and pineapple. You can learn more about our partnership with Mote in the post More about Mote.
So, check out the NEW Selva Grill when it opens in May. Be sure to linger over a fine cuppa tea. And thank you for supporting all of our Serving Partners and the many local, independent restaurants in Sarasota.
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