Our restaurant is proof that with lots of planning, hard work, and persistence, dreams can come true. The Greenhouse Bistro & Market opened on June 9th, 2016. We recognized the need for a restaurant in the area that caters to health conscious people. But our vision was much more than just providing food service. We wanted to create something that was fun, unique, and meaningful. This property was the perfect place and we recognized its potential immediately.
A great deal of thought and love was put into every aspect of this business, a level of detail that you won’t find in many places. We hope you’ll find our atmosphere and customer service to be as pleasing as our food.
CRAIG and CINDY SHATTO – Proprietors
Craig has been an entrepreneur since 2003, focusing on his own businesses in sales, marketing, food service, and entertainment. Previously he worked for Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals for 15 years as their Art Director and Commodity Manager. He is a whiz at logistics and considers chocolate to be one of the main food groups. He once was stung by 27 wasps while mowing the lawn.
Craig’s passion for farm to table was inspired by childhood memories of life on the farm. His relatives are second generation farmers in Ohio. Craig has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf in Clearwater, and Seminole Heights/South Tampa Historic Committees.
Cindy’s background is in IT, graphic design, marketing, and hospitality. She knows how to write code, but would rather be creating desserts or caring for her plants. She started reading about healing with food when she was in her early 20’s. For many years, Cindy assisted her mother with wildlife rehab, caring for raccoons, squirrels, and other critters. In her free time, she does freelance graphic design, volunteers for the UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension, and is involved with local non-profit organizations. If you don’t see her in the Bistro, she’s probably out tending the garden.
Craig and Cindy planned every detail of their Halloween wedding – which included a zombie invasion during the ceremony and a ghost tour leading to the reception. They live with their labradoodle who was born with 3 legs, a lion-head rabbit, and a leopard gecko.
MARC BELL – Executive Chef
Marc has been in the hospitality industry for over 35 years and has held titles of Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director since 1996. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation Gulf to Lakes Chefs and Cooks Association. Most of Marc’s career has been operating large restaurants and banquet facilities in the coastal towns of Maine. He won awards for “Best Chowdah” and Chili in Portland (Yessuh!!) – the foodie capitol of the U.S. Marc’s creations always start with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
In his free time, Marc is active in community service, including charity events and working with the mentally impaired. He resides in Citrus County, FL with his wife of twenty-five years, Linda, and their two Maine Coon cats. He has three children and seven grandchildren.