TAMPA — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria welcomed special guests Friday night to the special VIP Party at Ducky's.
Longoria is one of three main investors, and seven overall owners, in the approximately $850,000 Ducky's Sports Lounge at 1719 W Kennedy Blvd., just west of downtown and near the University of Tampa.
Longoria is something of a foodie, having spent New Year's Eve working in the kitchen at Las Vegas' N9NE Steakhouse. He said he envisioned getting involved in the restaurant business.
"I love food, and that's always been my goal," he said earlier this year.
Longoria added that the opportunity was appealing because he has known the other Tampa-based owners, including attorneys Anthony T. and Anthony P. Prieto and Keith Goan, and Daniel Alvarez, since his 2008 rookie season.
Ducky's will be open seven days, serving lunch, dinner and a late-night menu until 3 a.m. and will feature the usual plethora of TVs for sports viewing, as well as live entertainment.
For more information, visit duckystampa.com.