RIVERVIEW — Sitting in one of the booths inside the sports bar that she and her husband, Lawrence, recently opened, Zee Brown is keenly aware that the 4,000-square-foot establishment at 5914 Providence Road in Riverview was a short-lived eatery just a few short months ago.
Where Tap's Deli & Brewhouse operated for approximately a year, the Browns have opened Top Shelf Sports Bar Grill.
It's the second location for the Browns, who opened a sports bar by the same name in their native Plant City back in 2014. Zee said she has spent a long time listening to their customers' input and feels confident they can navigate through the challenges of operating a second bar.
"We know about the failure rates," Zee said. "We also know we are hard workers. It's a seven-day-a-week operation and we take it very seriously.
The new Riverview location, across from Winthrop Town Centre, is larger than its original sister location and Zee said she purposefully opened during the summer, ahead of the football season, to give her new staff time to work out the growing pains.
"The markets are very congruent to one another," Zee said about Plant City and Riverview. "They have family values and are sports-oriented. It's also growing at an exponential rate."
Top Shelf Sports Bar Grill features much of the same menu items such as craft beer and many of the same sandwiches, including what Zee said is the most popular, Reubens.
Prior to opening Top Shelf, the husband and wife owners enjoyed corporate careers: Lawrence as a financial analyst and Zee in management. She said she's cognizant of the community impact and how her business can affect the lives of their employees, which she is always looking to hire.
"It has always been a dream of my husband's to do this," Zee said. "So I said, 'Okay, we'll try it.' "
Visit facebook.com/TopShelfSportsBarandGrillRiverview to see food and drink specials along with live music lineups that include country, R&B, jazz and blues artists.
Cosmetologist steps out on her own
Guilaine "Gigi" DeStrat thought Riverview needed a hair salon for local residents, so she opened De-Strat Hair Design. After spending more than 20 years in the cosmetology profession, she has decided to branch out on her own.
The salon, which features a private room, is located at 6425 U.S. 301 S in the Victory Lane Shops. Schedule an appointment online at destrathairdesign.com. The salon is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
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