Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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New downtown Tampa restaurant offers refined spin on bar food

Franklin Manor, a downtown spot to drink and listen to live music, will open by the end of the month at 912 and 914 N Franklin St., near Tyler Street and the popular Fly Bar.

The entertainment venue is the brainchild of Anderson and Lanfranco Pescante, owners of the Nocturnal Group who brought in architect Robert Ibarra, cocktail specialist Roe Patel and Saltblock Catering Co.

"We're designing, implementing and managing the food concept, and Greg Zwolinski (operating partner) will handle day to day," said Scott Roberts, chef and co-owner of Saltblock Catering Co.

This will be Saltblock's first restaurant since Roberts and co-founder Ryan Conigliaro opened the business in 2014.

"The goal initially was to learn more about what our community was looking for, generate a following and then open a brick-and-mortar location," Conigliaro said. "Once we heard about this project, we knew we wanted to be a part of it."

Their new concept, the Carriage House, sits on the 6,600-square-foot patio of Franklin Manor but offers inside and outside food service until 3 a.m. on the weekends.

"It's a refined spin on bar classics, our take on bar food," Roberts said. "It's a late-night destination and concert venue which we are excited about since there's not much open late night downtown."

The Carriage House will serve classic American food such as double burgers, sandwiches, refined versions of wings, and desserts.

"The high-end catering menu is so different, but some items from the Saltblock menu will make an appearance, such as homemade sauces," Roberts said.

For more information, go to thefranklinmanor.com/.

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