YBOR CITY — When cafe goers sip coffee and tea inside Tre Amici at The Bunker, study, or listen to live music, they are doing so in the original structure from the 1920's.
"At one point it was a quaint grocery store," in house manager Amy Hilson-Griffin said. "At another point a veteran hang out, then the building moved to the current location a little over 10 years ago from the other side of Ybor City to save it and make room for more parking garages."
Shortly after the move, "tre amici" (three friends) Dale Swope, Angela Rodante, and Joe Kokolakis renovated the space and turned it into what it is today, a brick covered coffee shop.
"The cafe has undergone a few shifts in aura, adapting to what Ybor needed it to be," Hilson-Griffin said.
This month, the independent cafe celebrates its' 10 year anniversary.
"We keep things simple, keep it classic. I think that's how we've been successful," Hilson-Griffin said. "We're off the beaten path and don't expect anything of people when they come in. Instead of knowing the difference between drinks, we are happy to explain it to them."
The welcoming atmosphere attracts those looking to study, have business meetings, work on art, play music, perform comedy routines, read poetry, meet for book clubs, host art openings, enjoy some post-yoga chai teas and more.
"We don't have a narrow niche. It's not a restrictive place at all," Hilson-Griffin said.
In addition to giving customers 20 percent off all month long in honor of their anniversary, they are also hosting a major party on Saturday (Sept. 24).
"The day party will be more singer/songwriter type of music. Almost everyone on the list has played here before, if not once, then more," Hilson-Griffin said. "Lunch will be catered by La Segunda bakery and our menu will be available as well. The night party is a combination of post-rock, alternative, some experimental bands and even a short comedy set."
Hilson-Griffin started working at The Bunker four years ago when a friend suggested she display her art there.
"I'm hoping to have the mural on the back wall finished before the party, it's kind of my way of saying thank you to the shop, and embellishing the beautiful thing it's become," Hilson-Griffin said.
The party takes place at 1907 N 19th St. from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the night party beginning at 6 p.m. For more information visit, facebook.com/yborbunker/events.
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