Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event!
We refuse to compromise on quality. Why bother going out to eat if the cook is just going to heat up a premade frozen meal or pour soup out of a bag?
(It happens more often than you know!)
Chef Dean buys ingredients, not products.
Mean Deans Local Kitchen was opened in November of 2020 by Dean Donnelly and Michele Angell.
Dean was born in Montana, but moved to Daytona Beach when he was 5 years old. He has been in the restaurant business for his entire career having started as dishwasher under a German chef at a 5 star restaurant in Daytona Beach at the age of 13 (labor laws were different back then). As he progressed, he worked his way through every position, both in the kitchen and dining room. He has worked in numerous corporate, as well as independent, restaurants ranging from quick service to fine dining. In the years just prior to opening Mean Deans Local Kitchen, Dean worked as the Wine Director for Flemings Prime Steakhouse as well as co-owned Cedar Reef Fish Camp in Bradenton and Venice. He has also worked at Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Johnny Leverock’s, Rainforest Café, Applebees, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
Michele grew up in upstate NY and received her bachelors degree from Syracuse University. She moved to FL in 2003 where she met Dean at Johnny Leverock’s. Michele has worked all front of house positions at places like Johnny Leverock’s, Sammy Frog’s, and Rainforest Café. She has also worked in auto sales and finance. Beginning in 2015, while co-owning Cedar Reef Fish Camp with Dean, she got her pilot certificate, then went on to get her flight instructor certificate, and finally, her airline transport pilot certificate. After covid hit, Dean and Michele decided to leave their respective jobs and open Mean Deans Local Kitchen.
Chef Dean Donnelly from Mean Deans Local Kitchen prepares Bayou Shrimp & Grits
Chef Dean Donnelly from Mean Deans Local Kitchen prepares Blackened Mahi over Black Beans and Rice.
Chef Dean Donnelly from Mean Deans Local Kitchen prepares Tuscan Pasta with Shrimp.
Chef Dean Donnelly from Mean Deans Local Kitchen prepares Bourbon Maple Short Rib over Thai Style Peanut Pasta.
Dean serving Blackened Alligator Chowder at the Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee's annual Empty Bowls event as seen on ABC 7.
Performing Arts Center, Downtown Bradenton. Taken from our Instagram.
This event was the following day in Lakewood Ranch. Taken from our Instagram.
November 12th, 2022 in Lakewood Ranch. We served Cedar Plank Salmon and Spinach Artichoke Dip. Taken from our Instagram
We won an award for Best Overall Restaurant
Rebecca and Paige modelling our t-shirts
Serving Spinach Dip at an event at the ballpark in Sarasota
Making Pierogi for an event
The start of our fundraising event for Goodwill
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