Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Business

First Watch breakfast/lunch chain coming to Brandon

First Watch, a national breakfast/lunch chain and popular favorite around Tampa Bay, will open a Brandon location at 11305 Causeway Blvd. in the Lake Brandon Village shopping center this summer.

The 3,400 square-foot restaurant will employ approximately 25 people and will feature an outdoor patio.

First Watch has 37 restaurants in Florida and more than 100 across the United States, of which three are freestanding. When the Brandon First Watch opens, it will be the only Tampa Bay area restaurant and one of only two in the state in a freestanding outparcel building.

An award-winning company, First Watch has taken home several accolades in the area over the years, including "Favorite Business Breakfast" in the Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Brunch Spot" in the iHeart Tampa Bay Awards.

"Over the years, we have received more requests to open a restaurant in Brandon than any other area," said Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer for First Watch. "We have a long history in the Tampa Bay area and have been fortunate to have built a tremendously loyal following that we are confident will carry over to this new restaurant in Brandon."

As the company celebrates its 30th year, its aggressive growth strategy continues in its home state. News of the Brandon restaurant comes on the heels of three other recent announcements impacting Florida — the opening of the first First Watch in Wellington and plans to open the first restaurant in St. Petersburg and Winter Park during the first half of this year.

First Watch serves its entire menu daily from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The restaurant also offers guests complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

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The Seffner Chamber of Commerce will hold a social media workshop featuring Joanie Sigal from SJS Marketing at its monthly meeting Thursday at First Baptist Church of Mango, 11619 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for networking; buffet begins at 11:45; and program begins at noon. The costs is $13. RSVP and pay the discounted rate of $10. For more information, call (813) 627-8686. …

The Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held Feb. 21 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for guests. For more information, go to suncitycenterchamber.org.

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd., will host and sponsor the monthly SouthShore Chamber of Commerce luncheon Feb. 25 at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by Feb. 22 by calling the chamber at (813) 645-3808 or (813) 645-1366. …

The Greater Riverview Chamber hosts its 19th annual Golf Tournament and salute to Presidents Day on Feb. 23 at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Teams that register early pay $350. Sponsorships begin at $52. For more information, contact the chamber office at (813) 234-5944. …

The Tampa Bay Times sponsors the Riverview chamber's monthly luncheon at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road on Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. RSVPs are requested but attendees can pay at the door. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Cost is $12 for members with RSVP, $15 for member at the door, $20 for nonmembers. Contact the chamber office at (813) 234-5944.

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