Tavern-inspired Oak & Stone Artisan Pizza Craft Beer is now open in Downtown Wellen

VENICE, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2023) – Oak & Stone is now open, featuring a 50-tap craft beer wall and casual family-friendly vibe in its newest location in Downtown Wellen. The two-story restaurant serves dinner, lunch and weekend brunch, accommodating up to 185 guests with indoor and alfresco dining areas, a bar and a 1,000-square-foot rooftop patio with views of downtown’s 80-acre Grand Lake.

“We are thrilled to welcome Oak & Stone and expand Downtown Wellen’s thriving dining scene,” said Rick Severance, president of Wellen Park. “Oak & Stone is sure to be a popular spot to socialize and dine with its variety of seating options, including our first restaurant rooftop terrace, and fan-favorite pizzas.”

As an inspired twist on the classic tavern, Oak & Stone offers a scratch menu featuring an array of specialty pizzas, slow-roasted stone oven-baked wings, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and plant-based choices. Customer favorites include the crispy grouper BLT, voodoo chicken, watermelon refresher salad and smoky gouda mac ‘n’ cheese.

Oak & Stone also offers a well-curated selection of whiskeys, bourbons, wines and craft cocktails, and the famed beer wall highlights local and international pour-yourself craft brews. Brunch, with options for bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Downtown Wellen is the sixth location for the Sarasota-based restaurant company and its first two-story venue. Open daily, Oak & Stone is located at 19795 Wellen Park Blvd., Suite 3. For more information, visit or call 941-258-3606.

About Downtown Wellen

Downtown Wellen is the region’s newest social and gathering spot, offering restaurants, boutiques, beauty services, and medical and professional offices. The downtown’s thoughtfully designed spaces create unique outdoor experiences – from intimate parks, a natural playground and a living room shaded by a decades-old relocated live oak tree to larger gathering spaces like the Great Lawn for community festivals, markets, celebrations and events, and the lakefront fountain and splashpad. Solis Hall features an outdoor stage, a lakefront patio and an easy flow from inside spaces to neighboring alfresco areas.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown emphasizes heartfelt connections to community and nature and celebrates a waterfront vibe with the 80-acre Grand Lake providing a scenic backdrop and opportunities for fishing and paddle sports. Visitors can enjoy time on the water and along downtown’s 3-mile lakefront trail with on-site bicycle, e-bike, kayak and paddleboard rentals at Kind Vibes Outfitters.

Also open is The Yard, offering a playful outdoor environment with a dining area, games and activities, and ultra-casual food and beverage choices served counter style from retrofitted shipping containers. . The Yard features gourmet ballpark favorites from Atlanta Braves-affiliated Pop Dawgs, New England-style seafood at Claw & Co. and the ultra-casual eatery Lakeside Bites, owned and operated by the proprietors of the adjacent Kind Vibes Outfitters.

Located at 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice, Downtown Wellen can be accessed directly from Preto Boulevard and U.S. 41, just west of South River Road. A future downtown entry directly from U.S. 41 and Wellen Park Boulevard is currently under construction.

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About Wellen Park

Consistently ranked among the U.S.’s top-selling communities annually by prominent real estate consulting firms RCLCO and John Burns, Wellen Park offers a mix of single-family and multifamily residential, commercial and recreational options. The community currently has approximately 9,500 residents, and at full buildout will have more than 50,000 residents and 22,500 homes within its three distinct districts: West Villages, Downtown Wellen and Playmore.

Wellen Park’s expanding residential choices include new-construction single-family homes in picturesque neighborhoods, a dynamic new lifestyle concept for active adults 55+, paired and attached villas, coach homes and condominiums for a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Rental options in Wellen Park range from one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments and single-family homes to an apartment community for adults 55 and older, and world-class independent, assisted living and memory care.

Wellen Park is close to top-ranked Gulf of Mexico beaches and the area’s many attractions.

To learn more about living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla. The Welcome Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jennifer Hamilton, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, [email protected]

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