BRANDON — For 16 years, Brandon-area residents have enjoyed a taste of Ybor City without dealing with the drive to Tampa or the hassles of Seventh Avenue.
La Septima Café, the popular Latin eatery run by Ybor natives Dahlia and Ron Fernandez, their son R.J. and their daughter Jennifer Mussenden, has offered locals the traditional flavors and ambience of Tampa's most famous neighborhood.
Now La Septima will open a second location in La Viva Plaza at the corner of W Lumsden Road and S Kings Avenue.
The new restaurant, to open in January, will have the same blend of Spanish and Cuban home cooking that has made La Septima popular, and the same Ybor-inspired decor, including photos of the cigar district that often surprise people.
It also will offer outdoor and bar seating and serve liquor in addition to the beer and wine served at the original location at 140 N Parsons Ave.
"We can do as much as we can to make them alike," Dahlia Fernandez said, "but they're each going to develop their own feel."
The second location is about 3 miles from the original one. That's somewhat unusual, Fernandez allows, but it allows La Septima to build on its current customer base instead of trying to build a new one.
"We did a survey of ZIP codes, and we have a lot of customers from south of (State Road) 60," she said. "We have a lot from FishHawk Ranch. Already they're telling us they're so glad the new location is opening. A lot of people just don't like to cross 60 if they don't have to."
Having the two locations close by also makes logistical sense, she said. With all the corporate restaurants opening in the Brandon area, it's essential for La Septima to keep its family-owned ambience.
"We're going be at both restaurants every day," she said.
Information about the new La Septima Café will be posted at laseptimacafe.com. The original cafe's number is (813) 684-1948.
Promotions biz moves to Lithia-Pinecrest
For the past five years, Tom and Michele Rumbaugh have run LogoASAP out of their home. That started to get a little old, especially as the business kept expanding. The garage was full of machinery, the living room was full of employees, customers were always knocking on the front door.
In August, LogoASAP moved into new digs at 914 Lithia-Pinecrest Road.
LogoASAP offers one-stop shopping for promotional items featuring company logos. Whether a client needs a 20-foot banner, a dozen T-shirts for a specific event, or chocolates offered in a reception area, LogoASAP will imprint the corporate logo.
No job is too big or too small, Tom Rumbaugh said.
"I'll even do a single T-shirt," he said. "Even if we lose money on a job, we'll do it, because that person may need a bigger job later on."
Rumbaugh said LogoASAP promotes itself as a Christian company, but that non-Christian churches and individuals and secular companies are among his regular clients.
LogoASAP is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday by appointment. Call (813) 262-0477 or go to logoasap.com.
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