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Joto Steakhouse

Joto Steakhouse, a Sarasota Landmark is Closing

| Suncoast Post Staff |

Joto Steakhouse had been a staple of Sarasota, Florida, for over four decades. The elegant restaurant was known for its prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, and exquisite sushi. It was a place where the city’s elite came to see and be seen, a gathering spot for politicians, celebrities, and business tycoons.

The interior of Joto Steakhouse was sleek and sophisticated, with dark wood paneling, plush leather booths, and dim lighting that created a cozy, intimate atmosphere. The menu was equally impressive, with an extensive selection of USDA Prime beef, including filet mignon, all cooked to perfection and served with a variety of decadent sauces.

But what really set Joto Steakhouse apart was its sushi bar. The skilled chefs at Joto created beautiful, intricate rolls that were almost too pretty to eat. Their signature roll, the Joto Roll, was a work of art, featuring succulent shrimp, creamy avocado, and spicy tuna, all wrapped in a delicate soy paper and topped with a drizzle of sweet eel sauce.

Joto Steakhouse was more than just a restaurant; it was a symbol of Sarasota’s sophisticated, cosmopolitan vibe. It was the place to go for special occasions, to celebrate a promotion, an engagement, or a birthday. It was a destination for tourists who wanted to experience the best of Florida’s dining scene.

Joto Steakhouse is more than just a restaurant; it’s a symbol of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. And for that reason, it will always hold a special place in the hearts of Sarasota residents and visitors alike.

So, after 40 years Joto will be closing in May.  Owner Etsuko Teshima is now 76 years old and has decided it was time to put the business up for sale.  There are just so many challenges in the restaurant industry today! 

We wish Etsuko and the entire team at Joto best wishes for the future. 

Photo from Joto website

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