Located south of downtown Sarasota, between Pineapple Avenue and Burns Court, the Historic Burns Court Square neighborhood represents the history of Sarasota in a triangle-shaped summary. Owen Burns rightfully deserves credit for most things Sarasota, from our boundaries to our paved roads, seawalls to St. Armand’s Circle. As homage to this man, we have this historic neighborhood bursting with Sarasota pride.
This pride in the area is represented in each aspect of Burns Court. From the brick buildings, proudly boasting their patina, to the hand-painted art on the walls, to the quaint, unassuming friendliness in the names, décor, and attitude of the establishments within.
While I have never witnessed it, I feel as though this is where every morning begins with shopkeepers using vintage brooms to clean their stoop as they chat with neighbors and water their urned plants and flowers. It’s not pristine, it’s loved.
Burns Court is not the place for chain restaurants or mass production stores. Small businesses rule in this neighborhood.