TAMPA — Suzanne and Roger Perry, the energetic duo behind Datz in South Tampa, have set their sights somewhere new but not far away. They announced Thursday they will buy next-door neighbor Kalupa's Bakery.
"We have decided to partner with longtime South Tampa baking legend Mike Kalupa and family by purchasing Kalupa's Bakery and creating a new division of Datz," said Suzanne Perry. "During the next few months, the existing Kalupa's team will be working with new owners and management to develop proprietary pastries and breads for Datz while continuing to operate the bakery as usual."
Mike and Susan Kalupa had a shop on Neptune Street for 25 years before moving to S MacDill Avenue nine years ago. The Kalupa's staff was told of the sale Thursday, although the close is scheduled for Friday.. Long-term plans are under development and will be announced later.