Mise en Place building has new owners, but Mise is here to stay

Published August 24 2018

TAMPA — Maryann Ferenc wants to be clear: Mise en Place isn’t going anywhere. The CEO of the Tampa fine dining staple said the restaurant will continue operating in its current location as part of the larger mixed-use building purchased recently by Tampa’s Gianco Cos. and Miami’s Tricera Capital.

"We will continue to be the anchor tenant as we have been," Ferenc said.

The two developers bought the building at 442 W. Kennedy Blvd. this week with $6.75 million financed through JCR Capital. The 37,400-square-foot site will become mixed-use space for retail and offices.

It will be renamed "Lafayette Arcade" as a nod to its original name and purpose.

"All (of our properties) kind of fit into a lifestyle product, and so we’re excited to offer another place that people frequent," Steve Gianfilippo said.

Gianfilippo also owns St. Pete’s Station House, while Tricera owns several properties in the city’s Edge district and Grand Central district.

As of now, Gianfilippo said, there are no major changes planned to the building’s tenant roster.

Gianfilippo plans to renovate the exterior of the Tampa space immediately.

"Visually, we can update it and have some really good street appeal," he said. "Our first plan of action is to make some common area improvements."

Inside, Mise is planning renovations of its own.

The restaurant, Ferenc said, will redo its entire dining room. Renovations are on hold, Ferenc said, until the new owners give further clarity on what other renovations are planned.

"Their vision is definitely 2018 and beyond, so that’s exciting," Ferenc said. "They’re definitely seeing the building with fresh eyes."

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