YBOR CITY — Jason Fernandez, fourth-generation Tampa native and longtime bay area restaurateur (Bernini, Ybor's Green Iguana, former co-owner of Malio's and founder of Ybor's new Hot Willy's hotdogs), has just signed a lease at 1600 E Eighth Avenue. At the site of the defunct L'Olivier Restaurant and Cabaret, he will launch Carne Chophouse in October.
The idea, according to Fernandez is, "A middle-of-the-road steakhouse, along the lines of a Longhorn Steakhouse, but with more personality. We're going to give it a Latin flair, with sangria and specialty cocktails." This new project joins a number of recent launches and changes in Ybor City, from the new Sunday's Fine Dining to the relocation of Laughing Cat into the old Streetcar Charlie's space. Surely a good sign about the future vitality of this landmark historic district.