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Familiar names running Aquafinz, Lutz seafood restaurant

LUTZ — For years, residents had come to love the fresh seafood and signature cocktails served up at Splash Ocean Grill Restaurant. But when the restaurant closed in May, many were left feeling a culinary void.

That void is now being filled, albeit at a different location. Former managers of Splash are now managing Aquafinz Restaurant, at 16553 Point Village Drive just east of the Suncoast Parkway at State Road 54.

"After we closed Splash we got on board with the owner and over the past month we've seen it take off," said Chip Roehl, manager at Aquafinz, and former Splash manager.

Aquafinz opened in January, serving up fresh catch, including lobster, shrimp and local favorites like grouper. Roehl and his team, business partner Tom Perkins and former Splash chef Leonard Terlage, began managing the restaurant months later. The team revamped the Aquafinz menu to reflect chef-driven specials and quality fresh ingredients.

The menu changes each night, reflecting fresh catch and seasonal vegetables.

Menu favorites include angel hair pasta with scallops, shrimp and lobster, sesame-encrusted tuna and steak house salmon. "The 54 Salad" is also drawing praise, said Roehl, adding that it used to be served at his old restaurant under the name "Splash Salad."

Many items on the menu reflect Splash, but Aquafinz has a lower menu price point. The vibe at Aquafinz is also more casual. Diners can enjoy a football game and nosh buffalo shrimp or enjoy a more special date night.

Roehl said the variety of dining options and pricing gives Aquafinz staying power. It's a lesson he learned after closing Splash.

"We're very grateful for another chance and the opportunity to make a name for ourselves," Roehl said.

Aquafinz is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit aquafinz.com.

New chiropractic office in Westchase

A new chiropractic office is set to open in Westchase's West Park Village. Named "100% Chiropractic," it will be at 9906 W Linebaugh Ave., next to the Liz Murtagh Boutique.

The Colorado-based chiropractic chain specializes in preventative medicine with a focus on a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Dr. Chris Crawford will head up the Westchase office, which is set to open in the next few months.

Among offerings are basic chiropractic adjustments, massage, nutrition, youth chiropractic care and personal injury care.

There are a dozen 100% Chiropractic offices throughout the country, with locations in Colorado, California and Georgia. The Westchase location marks the first in Florida.

For more information visit 100percentchiropractic.com.

Familiar names running Aquafinz, Lutz seafood restaurant 12/11/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:50pm]
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