The Gecko's Story
GECKO'S GRILL & PUB IS LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED AND CONTINUES TO EXPAND
Founded in 1992 by Mike Gowan and Mike Quillen
Mike Gowan was born and
raised in Sarasota; Mike Quillen has lived in the area since he was a young
boy. Their ties to the community run deep, as does their commitment to
making Gecko’s the most family friendly pubs in the area.
Read about them in Gulf Coast Business Review.
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Meet the Owners: Mike
was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, graduated from Sarasota High School
and attended Manatee Junior College on a tennis scholarship before
transferring to the University of Florida. After college, he returned to
work and live in Sarasota.
moved here to Sarasota as a young boy, graduated from Riverview High School,
and also attended Manatee Junior College on a tennis scholarship before
transferring to New College. He has been married to Mary Quillen for 16
years and they have two daughters, ages 20 and 13.
The two Mikes have been friends since 1970. They have been business partners
Their motto: "You can't buy friendship but you can find it at Gecko's....eat, drink & be merry!"
They pride themselves on serving fresh, made-to-order food in a fun and
comfortable environment with great prices and greater customer service.
Family and community-oriented...They have a passion for what they do.
“The very foundation of Gecko’s was built on friendship, and that remains a
central tenet of how we run our business … enjoying longtime friends and
making new ones every day,” they said.
Gecko's Grill & Pub Expands
Following the success of the original Gecko's "at the Landings" in 1992,
the Mikes have continued the Gecko's good fortune and expanded to the following
Twelve Oaks Plaza (I-75 & SR 70) in 1998
Braden River Plaza on SR 64 in 2002
Palmer Crossing (Clark Rd. & Honore Ave.) in 2006
Southside Village (Hillview St.) in 2010
They employ over 300 people in our community and serve on many committees and
Committed To Community
Gecko's Grill & Pubs have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in
monetary donations and food contributions to not-for-profit organizations,
fundraisers & special community events. Some of their recent contributions
include JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Miracle League of
Manasota; Sammy's Run; Manatee PAL; Life of Riley; ALS "Lou Gehrig Disease";
American Cancer Society; Coastal Recovery Center's mental health counseling
programs; All Faiths Food Bank; Forty Carrots Family Center; Sarasota
Memorial Hospital Employee Partners in Caring (EPIC); Sarasota & Manatee
County Schools; Toys for Tots and more!
Honors and/or Awards
Family-owned and operated since 1992, Geckos has been consistently awarded
and honored with “Best of The Best” awards, including Best Happy Hour, Best
Sports Bar, Best Burger, Best Take Away, Coldest Beer, Best Lunch, Taste of
Sarasota People’s Choice Awards, Best Entrée, Best Appetizers … and more!
Good Luck at Gecko's –
A gecko is a good luck lizard. We’d like to thank
longtime friend and local artist Michele Chilson for creating
Gecko’s name & logo. Michele is available at