SOUTH TAMPA — A mural depicting the face of a woman with long, flowing black hair, painted against bright pinks, yellows, purples and greens decorates the doors of a new business in South Tampa, located in the plaza behind Applebee's on Gandy Boulevard.
The mysterious mural gives no hint as to what sits behind those doors.
Even as customers stand at the reception desk, it's hard to see just how far back the 20,000 square-foot building extends.
A walk past arcade games like the Walking Dead and the largest Pac Man will lead guests to one of the main attractions: a bistro serving shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and even sushi rolled in front of their eyes.
Just beyond that is the second main attraction: roller skating.
"The premise behind Pattinis Bistro & Skate is that it's adult oriented but kid-friendly," said owner Tierra Womack. "Adults can come here and have a good time, but not feel like they're on Howard Avenue. They can still have that great atmosphere, food and a full bar with craft beer and cocktails."
Paintings of comic book characters accentuate the arcade games, while ultra-violet portraits of icons like Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain and Mohammed Ali hang above the carpet tiled skating rink.
The rink and adult skates also glow in the dark.
"It's not just for children and teens, but adults can come and unplug, people watch, socialize and have a good time. We liken ourselves to a Top Golf, but with skating," Womack said. "The rink isn't like a traditional wood floor, you can actually walk on it so there's so much more we can do with it."
The new business also has rooms for birthday parties and meeting spaces for companies to do team building exercises.
Other elements include skate fit exercise classes, as well as free skate lessons for ages five and under.
Womack is also looking into to hosting live bands on an elevated platform near the bar.
Admission is $15 and $10 if guests bring their own skates. Everything is cashless, so guests purchase a Pattinis card to play and have fun.
"If they do just food and drink, you pay $5 but then we give you a $5 Pattinis card, so it works out," Womack said. "But once you consume alcohol, you cant skate."
Pattinis Bistro & Skate, located at 4465 W Gandy Blvd. is slated to open in mid July.
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