BRANDON — Wanting to open a restaurant and opening a restaurant are two very different things.
That's why, after more than a decade of looking longingly at the Brandon area, the owners of Lee Roy Selmon's sports restaurant have finally announced they'll open on Causeway Boulevard.
"Since Lee Roy Selmon's opened it first restaurant in 2001, we've been looking at Brandon," said Chris Sullivan, one of the owners of the local chain. "We've always thought it would be a good market for us. There have been some stops and starts along the way, but we've always intended to come to Brandon."
In 2009, Lee Roy Selmon's announced plans to open in a former Hollyywood Video location on Brandon Boulevard, but company officials said they ran into problems with the landlord.
Area fans of the restaurant's award-winning comfort food still face a wait. The Brandon location at 11410 Causeway Blvd., in the former Giordano's Pizza location, isn't slated to open until this summer. It will be the eighth restaurant in the Lee Roy Selmon's chain.
For more details, visit leeroyselmons.com.
Photo booth business boosts party fun
Clik-Me-Quik, which opened for business at the beginning of the new year, offers a photo booth service, but instead of the old-fashioned booths that sat in a corner of a retail store, Clik-Me-Quik's booth comes to you.
Nationally, it's a relatively new concept that continues to rise in popularity and was recently featured on an episode of the Fox television show New Girl.
The idea: The host of a party, wedding reception or charity event can call Clik-Me-Quik and pay an hourly rate for the booth and an attendant. Guests then have access to the booth for the duration of the event. There's no shoving quarters into a slot; the photos are included in the price.
The photos come out in two duplicate strips of four pictures each. One strip goes to the guest, and the other is mounted in an album that's given to the host as a keepsake. The attendant brings a variety of props and accessories — feather boas, hats, glasses, etc. — that guests can wear. Up to eight people can fit at once.
Peter and Alison Farnan started Clik-Me-Quik after hearing about some similar operations in other cities.
"We started asking around, asking people if they thought this was a good idea," Peter Farnan said. "People seemed to think it could work."
Rates haven't been firmly set yet, Farnan said. For more information call (813) 928-4894, visit clikmequik.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberty Tax opens 4,000th location
BRANDON — Officially, the new Liberty Tax Service location on Lithia-Pinecrest Road is the 4,000th office in the company's national chain.
It's hard to say that it was technically number 4,000, though. Other Liberty locations opened that same day, including two in Plant City.
Liberty, which started in 2000 with just three Tampa Bay locations, provides federal income tax services for individuals. The three new offices also offer business tax services.
The new Brandon location is at 927 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, near Lumsden Road in the same plaza as the new Walmart market. Call (813) 644-2044.
The Plant City locations are at 1701-A Alexander St., near O'Brien's Pub, and 404 E Baker St., across from the courthouse. The phone numbers are (813) 719-2223 and (813) 473-2101, respectively. Visit libertytax.com for more information.
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