Make us your home page

Briefs: Red Lobster near Tyrone mall closes; law firm expands


Red Lobster near Tyrone Square Mall closes

A shift in the sales market around Tyrone Square Mall led Red Lobster officials to close the restaurant on 66th Street N, a fixture since 1969.

Wendy Spirduso, Red Lobster director of communications, said the restaurant's closing was a "business decision."

The 65 employees were either transferred to another Red Lobster or an Olive Garden or offered a severance package based on the number of hours worked and the average amount of tips and sales the worker would have earned over the next two weeks, Spirduso said.

"Of the 65 crew members, we were able to place everyone that wanted a transfer," Spirduso said. "There were 45 transfers, and 20 took the package."

There are Red Lobsters still open in Largo and Clearwater, Spirduso said.

Ruden McClosky expands presence

Ruden McClosky, one of Florida's largest law firms, with a major office in St. Petersburg, is expanding in Palm Beach County. Seven attorneys of the Elk, Christu & Bakst law firm have joined Ruden McClosky, expanding the firm's practice areas and presence in the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton areas. "It is part of the strategic plan to better serve our clients in Boca Raton, the Palm Beaches and throughout the state of Florida," said V. James Dickson, managing partner in St. Petersburg.

News of businesses and business people can be faxed to Neighborhood Times at 893-8675, e-mailed to or mailed to Neighborhood Times, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Photos can be mailed or e-mailed by jpeg file.

Briefs: Red Lobster near Tyrone mall closes; law firm expands 06/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 1:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Big rents and changing tastes drive dives off St. Pete's 600 block

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendra Marolf was behind the lobby bar of the State Theatre, pouring vodka sodas for a weeknight crowd packed tight for Bishop Briggs, the latest alternative artist to sell out her club.

    Sam Picciano, 25, left, of Tampa and Molly Cord 24, Palm Harbor shop for record albums for a friend at Daddy Kool Records located on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, May 20, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  2. How Hollywood is giving its biggest stars digital facelifts


    LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp is 53 years old but he doesn't look a day over 26 in the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie — at least for a few moments. There was no plastic surgeon involved, heavy makeup or archival footage used to take the actor back to his boyish "Cry Baby" face, however. It's all …

    This combination of photos released by Disney, shows the character Jack Sparrow at two stages of his life in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."  Johnny Depp, who portrays the character, is the latest mega-star to get the drastic de-aging treatment on screen
[Disney via Associated Press]
  3. Precinct Pizza to cover new neighborhood


    NEW TAMPA — In 2006, husband and wife, Rick and Jessica Drury opened up Precinct Pizza in Channelside.

    Precinct Pizza looks to gain greater popularity in New Tampa with its Bambino Bleu Cheese piazza. Photo courtesy of Precinct Pizza.
  4. Da Burger Joint's menu goes beyond 'da burger'


    OLDSMAR — After owning and operating restaurants in four different states, Danny Falcone recently opened his ninth restaurant in Oldsmar.

    The old-fashioned onion burger is a favorite at the Da Burger Joint in Oldsmar. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  5. Vegan kitchen comes to Downtown Tampa


    Charles Rumph and Tim Fedorko's first attempt at launching a vegan restaurant concept in Tampa "was a disaster."

    Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery serves wraps, acai bowls, smoothies and juices and plant-based baked goods like strawberry cupcakes. Photo courtesy of Charles Rumph.