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Cottonmouth restaurant in Village of the Arts announces opening date

BRADENTON – The most highly anticipated Sarasota-Manatee restaurant opening to be planned since the start of the pandemic should take place a bit earlier than expected.

Chef/owner David Shiplett aims to unveil Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen to the public Wednesday – the last day of September – after announcing earlier this summer he would open in October. The restaurant occupies a historic cottage on the main road through Bradenton’s Village of the Arts, near Shiplett’s other eatery Birdrock Taco Shack. 

A casual dining destination, Cottonmouth has indoor seating adorned with local artwork as well as al fresco options including a spacious, fenced backyard area with sprawling trees providing shade and dangling Edison lights. There will also be a covered stage in the back, too, where musicians will begin performing when Sunday brunch launches with the Brown Bag Brass Band on Nov. 8, followed by nationally acclaimed Bradenton-based blues artist Doug

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