Jo jo's is no more in progress plaza
After 23 years as a downtown fixture, JoJo's In Citta Italian Restaurant in the Progress Plaza building has closed. Owner Antonio Condello and the landlord have been in a dispute for close to a year over the lease.
Condello also owns Famous Pizza at 2810 34th St. N. He plans to add more of JoJo's menu items to that location in the short term. In the long term, JoJo's will return, Condello says.
"I will reopen by the end of 2014. I have a couple places I'm checking into around downtown in buildings that are better occupied," he said. "I wanted to make sure I thank everyone who we have been serving all these years."
ST. PETE BEACH
Don CeSar GM is tops at hotel chain for 2013
Stephen Cummings, general manager of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel, is the chain's General Manager of the Year for 2013. Loews chairman Jonathan Tisch credited Cummings, who has been at the property just short of two years, with growing the hotel's business by engaging employees at all levels.
"Being a new resident in an intimate community, Stephen has quickly made a significant impact not only on the business at the Loews Don CeSar but also within the community by increasing their involvement in many local efforts," said Robin Sollie, president of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer