During Tampa Bay WaVe's 2015 grand opening in downtown at 500 E Kennedy Blvd., a cart was provided for food service.
Though the opening came and went, the cart stayed and provided employees in the building, as well as traffic from the street, coffee and grab-and-go items.
As the cart grew in popularity, construction began on the fourth floor to create a cafe that serves the same coffee and grab-and-go items, as well as beer and sit-down breakfast and lunch options such as pastries, soups and steel-cut oatmeal (dinner eventually).
On April 15, the Attic Cafe and Bar hosted its official grand opening overlooking a view of the downtown skyline with City Hall, the SunTrust Financial Centre and Park Tower.
"The idea was to have a meeting space we could use, that WaVe could use, as well as a place to have a glass of wine or beer before going home for the day," said Richard McIntyre, of McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A., who bought the building in May. "Since we close at 8 p.m., it's also a great place for people to come grab a drink before going out for the night."
Since his first job as a dishwasher, McIntyre has always wanted to have his own place. Now, along with fellow partners in the venture, Nicole Madison and Daniel Speed, he has achieved that goal.
"The concept is to focus on Tampa by serving Alessi, Buddy Brew and Cigar City items," McIntyre said.
Inside his new cafe, power strips line the walls and bar making it easy to get work done, a large painting of the Pirates-Yankees 1927 World Series hangs opposite the bar and a patio provides guests with fresh air after a day of working inside.
McIntyre also plans to utilize the space for events and live music.
The Attic Cafe and Bar is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit, facebook.com/The-Attic-On-Kennedy-169828020029008/ or call (813) 228-6059.
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