James A. Jones Jr., Bradenton Herald

James A. Jones Jr.

Bradenton Herald

Bradenton, FL, United States

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Past articles by James:

This new restaurant is bringing a taste of Italy to downtown Bradenton

Lucca’s Pizza & Wine Bar is open at 817 14th St. W. in downtown Bradenton. The restaurant offers pizza, sandwiches, chicken and veal entrees, seafood, baked dishes, pasta dishes, appetizers, soups and salads. → Read More

Lucca's Pizza & Wine Bar opens in downtown Bradenton at 817 14th St. W. New restaurant offers full Italian dining menu.

Lucca's Pizza & Wine Bar opens in downtown Bradenton at 817 14th St. W. New restaurant offers full Italian dining menu. Video shot Tuesday, April 30. → Read More

We know Lakewood Ranch sells lots of homes. Now we know who’s buying those homes

Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s sophisticated marketing plan for Lakewood Ranch works in part because of its success in picking up on consumer trends. Some of those home-buying trends were shared during a builder meeting. → Read More

Florida craft distillers push for passage of bill that no doubt would lift their spirits

Craft distillers across the state have pinned their hopes for a more level playing field with craft brewers and craft winemakers on House Bill 1219. The bill passed the House and awaits action by the Florida Senate. → Read More

Loaded Cannon Distillery has an opening and more to look forward to

Loaded Cannon Distillery and Tasting Room, 3115 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., is looking forward to its final inspections, getting open, and a possible new state law governing craft distilleries. → Read More

Another life lost at dangerous Parrish intersection. Here’s the plan to make it safer

The dangerous Parrish intersection at County Road 675 and U.S. 301, which lacks a fully functioning traffic signal, is already a hot-button issue. Even more so after a motorcyclist was hit and killed there last week. → Read More

From the wok to your plate, this new restaurant keeps Thai cuisine real and satisfying

Thai Cafe opens at 4511 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, offering traditional Thai cuisine. It’s one of several new restaurants that have opened in Manatee County since the start of 2019. → Read More

Watch them cook Pad Thai and Thai Scallops Scampi

Thai Cafe opened recently at 4511 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. We watched the chefs cook Pad Thai and Thai Scallops Scampi on Thursday, April 25. → Read More

Who’s hungry? Here are several new Bradenton restaurants you will want to know about

New restaurants to open in Bradenton, FL, in 2019 include Villa Italia Cafe, Jersey Brothers Pizza, Sam’s Seafood, Shake Shack, Metro Diner, Vinny’s Italian Kitchen, Chateau 13, Skyline Chili, Waffle Press, Petrosino’s, Turtle Shack and Kostas. → Read More

Spring brings more good news for home sellers in Manatee. For buyers, not so much

Single-family home sales increased 8.4 percent in Manatee County in March, and the median price was up 9.5 percent to $312,000. → Read More

These are Manatee’s high-priority crash locations. Here’s what’s being done to make them safer

Local governments and citizens in Manatee and Sarasota counties began the process Monday of prioritizing regional transportation needs for the next 25 years. Monday’s forum will help decide which projects get the dollars needed to improve safety and keep the traffic flowing. → Read More

What will traffic in Bradenton-Sarasota look like in 25 years?

What will traffic in Bradenton-Sarasota look like in 25 years? Local governments present their focus to Florida Department of Transportation and the Sarasota/Bradenton Metropolitan Planning Organization → Read More

New to Manatee restaurant scene, this family-owned cafe offers traditional Italian cuisine

A new restaurant, Villa Italia Cafe, recently opened at 2808 10th Street West in Palmetto, FL. The cafe is closed on Mondays and open Tuesday-Sunday and offers nearly every traditional Italian dish. → Read More

Talks for road connecting Port Manatee and I-75 have been dormant. They may yet have some life

The long dormant idea of building a connector road between Port Manatee and Interstate 75 resurfaced Thursday at a Manatee County Port Authority meeting. → Read More

What are the transportation needs in the Manatee-Sarasota area?

The public is invited to join Manatee and Sarasota county and city elected officials to begin the process of prioritizing long-range regional transportation needs on April 22 at USF Sarasota-Manatee. → Read More

Visitors are flocking to Bradenton area. Here’s where all those tourists are coming from

Elliott Falcione, executive director of Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, spoke on the impact tourism has on local business and the community. The best news was that visitors are back after months of red tide. → Read More

New Wendy’s restaurant coming to Bradenton, FL

A new Wendy’s fast-food restaurant is scheduled to open in Bradenton, FL, at 4201 53rd. Ave. E. in summer 2019. → Read More

What is the opening date for the new Costco in Bradenton, FL?

Costco finally has a sign up that says acknowledges the Bradenton, FL, area is getting a Costco. The company typically declines to talk about its new stores until a few months before they are scheduled to open. → Read More

Tourism in Manatee remains in growth mode. Here’s why 2019 is off to such a hot start

In February, more than 77,000 visitors spent time in the Bradenton, FL, area, up 8 percent from a year earlier, according to figures released Monday by the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. → Read More

Visitors keep on coming to Bradenton-area beaches

Bradenton area tourism in February exceeded that of a year earlier, according to figures reported April 15 at the Manatee County Rourist Development Council meeting. → Read More