SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Peggy Nelson, Dennis Rauschl and his wife, Peggy, enjoyed a recent AMI Chamber's Business Card Exchange at Bayside Banquet Hall.
By Cindy Lane
sun staff writer
CORTEZ – It’s hard to beat the view of Sarasota Bay from the Bayside Banquet Hall, a popular venue for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions in the historic fishing village of Cortez.
The waterfront hall provides an indoor/outdoor setting that takes in the Sarasota skyline in the distance, the sun setting over the Intracoastal Waterway and a lush, green island just off the tiki bar deck, while offering an indoor escape for weather worries.
Guests can even arrive by boat and tie up at the deep-water dock, said Patty Banyas, manager of the family-owned and operated business, which opened in 2004.
Round white tables and white chairs preferred by brides can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and white gauze curtains illuminated by white lights are an option to ornament the rustic tin-shuttered windows.
The hall offers a warming kitchen and walk-in cooler for caterers, and a fully-electric outdoor tiki bar for libations. Guests can bring their own grill to prepare outdoor cuisine, or set up their own music systems for dancing on the deck or on the large indoor dance floor under the disco ball.
Seating capacity in the 6,000-square-foot hall is between 150 and 175 people, with 50 outside.
Bayside Banquet Hall
4628 119th St. W.