TAMPA — The Palm restaurant, known for its steaks and caricatures of local celebrities that adorn the walls, is closing at WestShore Plaza after 13 years.
The upscale steakhouse notified customers and members of The Palm's 837 Club that its last day will be March 24. "Unfortunately, we are not able to continue to operate our restaurant into the rest of 2014,'' the restaurant said in an email.
The closing comes amid intense competition among Tampa steakhouses. The Westshore area has seen the recent addition of several higher end restaurants, including Eddie V's Prime Seafood. About two months ago, LongHorn Steakhouse opened up the street along West Shore Boulevard.
Mall officials said several parties are interested in the space, but no one is ready to announce.
The Palm was founded in New York City in 1926 and has about 30 locations nationwide. The other Florida locations are in Orlando and Miami.