What is Bob's Train?
Bob's Train is an actual train... a circus train. In fact, it's the only circus train in the world owned by an individual. (Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus is a corporation.)
It is also a restaurant and has opened its doors for lunch now from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours will expand in months to come offering breakfast and dinner. In time entertainments will be added. But for now, you can enjoy the vintage circus photographs and posters and Bob Horne, the owner and cook, who is a walking history book with expert detailed knowledge of Sarasota and it's circus past.
For anybody who might already know Bob from his popular diner "Bob's Place" that was located in Sarasota's Rosemary District for years serving his unique delicious recipes such as "Skunk Soup" (no, it wasn't actually skunk) or his fabulous meatloaf, neither he nor his great food need any introduction. If you don't know Bob, it's not hard to get to know him or understand why he has such a dedicated customer base and long list of friends.
In Bob's Place, Bob often had a joke, often as his own expense, a pat on the back or handshake. He was quick to offer the background story on the framed circus photographs and posters that covered the diner walls or other circus memorabilia. Frequent visitors might also have learned about his biggest circus collectors item, JOMAR (JOhn and MAble Ringling), the famed private train car of circus magnate John Ringling.
JOMAR is being slowly restored but until then, Bob's Train is open. It will ultimately be rolling down the track carrying passengers in the dining cars offering live entertainment from circus acts to jazz and chamber music. Some planned routes are from it's home base in Sarasota, Florida to Tampa for Buccaneer football games and to see the Gators in Gainesville.
Come by for a visit!