VALRICO — The more than 50,000 drivers who trek down State Road 60 in Valrico every day are weeks away from being introduced to a new landmark if an ownership group of a new country rock bar finishes its planned renovations to the former Hi-Life Bar and Grill.
Mustache, the mechanical bull.
Co-owners Miles Duncan, Billy Orfanakos, Jerrad Atkin and Michael Jennings plan to open the One Night Stand at 1602 E Brandon Blvd. on or before May 1, which will mark the one-year anniversary of the downtown St. Petersburg bar that shares the same name.
The group says Mustache, which will become the focal point of a 2,000-square-foot, open-air patio, comprises just one ingredient that has made its venture successful enough to expand into Hillsborough County.
Good times stand as the main staple of the bar.
A DJ spinning a mix of country, rock and the occasional top 40 tune helps bring in clientele. So do the drink prices. The One Night Stand has become known for its shot chair, where $5 gets you a choice of more than 50 shots and a choice of bartender to pour it directly into your mouth for five seconds.
The owners say the fireball, a whiskey shot, is so popular it allowed its St. Petersburg bar to lead the nation in sales of the liquor in 2013. While the bar does have a whiskey wall with dozens of call brands, it also will offer $3 pitchers of beer on Wednesdays, and $5 always gets you a shot and a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
Mondays bring dollar drafts in red Solo cups. On other nights, patrons can expect many drinks to come in branded mason jars for a very specific reason.
"If you are going to steal them, we should at least advertise," said Jennings, 31, who said the bar's signature glassware disappears often.
The partners also are giving the 6,000-square-foot interior a facelift. A newly resurfaced floor will house dining tables until 8 p.m., when they are cleared for dance space.
Three soon-to-be-installed garage door rollups will bring visibility through the south wall facing SR 60.
The spot's previous incarnation, the Hi-Life Bar and Grill, closed in March "due to unforeseen events" according to a post on its Facebook page.
Duncan, 28, said all the owners, including Orfanakos, 33, moved to Brandon to launch this bar after tracking where patrons came from to visit the St. Petersburg bar.
"All the people were not from St. Petersburg," he said. "We kept hearing Brandon a lot. You don't have anything like this."
Atkin, 36, said plans are in motion to open at least five more bars, including a planned location in Sarasota. The bar will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., offer pool and darts in the back and raffle a 50-inch television every Thursday on Ladies Night.
A smoker will join Mustache on the patio for the all-you-can-eat wings and ribs barbecue specials, and military and first responders will receive a 25 percent discount.
In case you were wondering, the record ride on Mustache is 2 minutes, 36 seconds.
Search The One Night Stand Brandon on Facebook for opening day details.
Tutoring Club expands
After nine years in business, owners Susan and John Prestridge have moved the Tutoring Club of Valrico to a new, larger location at 4333 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico.
The Tutoring Club has served hundreds of Valrico/Brandon students, providing academic tutoring and advising. It also helps college-bound students prepare for the ACT and SAT exams.
Tutors help kindergartners through high school seniors improve in math, reading, writing, study skills and more.
To learn more about designing an individualized education program for your student or to schedule a visit, call (813) 681-9900 or visit tutoringclub.com/valricofl.
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