Monday, November 12, 2007

More on Sangria's coming to S.H.

Eatery Nibbles At Heights Plan
By KATHY STEELE, The Tampa Tribune
Published: November 10, 2007

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - The owners of Sangria's Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant are exploring a new restaurant in the neighborhood.

The restaurant could replace LeRoy's 4X4 Automotive Service Center, 512 E. Hillsborough Ave., if the city council approves a license for beer, wine and liquor sales. The property is next to Starbucks at Hillsborough and Central Avenue.

The council will vote on the license Dec. 20, records show.

Approval will require waivers because the property is within 1,000 feet of four residences and a gas station that sells beer and wine. City records also show Seminole Heights Baptist Church, on the east side of Interstate 275, is about 920 feet from the site, which is on the west side of I-275. That also would require a waiver.

"By and large, people are very excited," said Susan Long, president of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. She and the group's past president, Randy Baron, recently met with the owners of Sangria's, 315 S. Howard Ave.

"It's in the very early stages," Long said. "They don't have plans drawn up."

Initial discussions included a Sangria's on half of the property and leased space on the other half, she said.

The association's executive board is expected to discuss the project Nov. 19.

Sangria's co-owner John Obediente declined to discuss the project, but the alcohol license application states the property would be used for a restaurant, with 100 seats indoors and 20 outdoors, and multipurpose retail offices.


Bungalowlady said...

We can use all the support we can get for their wet zoning on Dec 20th in City Council Chambers. They have applied for a 4COPx and have agreed to have restrictions placed on them that it can only be a restaurant.

Shawn-non-anonymous said...

I'll be there. Do we need to pack the house again? :-)

Bungalowlady said...

Yes, we need to pack the house. So, everyone needs to mark their calendar for Dec 20th.

SH_Resident said...

A blurb from regarding Sangria's in South Tampa....Apparently acting on a tip, the Florida Dept. of Alcoholic Beverages investigated Sangrias and discovered that after five years of operation they had an inadequate amount of square footage to operate under their existing license. All sales of alcholic beverages have been temporarily ceased pending the issuance of a beer and wine license. The end of liquor sales at Sangrias will not be a help as they plan their move to Seminole Heights and continue their legal battle with Tommy Ortiz.

Shawn-non-anonymous said...

So the Dept of Alcoholic Beverages issued a license to a business with inadequate space.

Leroy's 4x4 is many times larger. Looks like a win for our neighborhood and a wise business move on Sangrias'.