Chakana Soho celebrates new year with new ownership in South Tampa

Published February 1 2018
Updated February 1 2018

SOUTH TAMPA—Chakana Soho recently celebrated their grand opening under new management, bringing a fresh, new notion of Peruvian cuisine to South Tampa.

Guests enjoy live music, Peruvian food and one complimentary drink to accompany their meal at what the owners say is an improved restaurant at 223 S Howard Ave.

Managing consultant Colin Urquhart is confident past reviews of poor customer service, inconsistent operating hours, expensive prices and lack of true Peruvian culture are behind them with this new management.

"Now it’s young professionals that are really looking to give the customer the best experience possible, as well as accommodate any needs."

New owners Ronal Perdomo and Andy and Carmen Gomez have already brought new changes including more affordable prices with entrees ranging from $8-$15 and larger, shareable specialty dishes in the $20 range.

There’s also a new menu with a variety of exquisite Peruvian dishes using only fresh ingredients, salt, spices and corn imported from Peru.

Their signature dish is the Ceviche which they claim is the best in town and other popular items include the Jalea and the Saltado de Mariscos.

They’ve also added brunch and late-night hours, and have remodeled the restaurant to resemble Peru with new artwork inside and a gold trim outside since Peru is known for its 24-karat gold.

"Our goal with Chakana Soho is to bring a family-friendly, warm environment where guests can enjoy great energy and a memorable dining experience," said Perdomo.

Chakana Soho operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’ll close for for one hour and reopen from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the late night menu.

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