HYDE PARK — Popular tapas bar Ceviche will close its Howard Avenue restaurant near Bern's Park on Jan. 2 to start a new year in a new location.
Ceviche CEO Joe Orsino announced recently that he expects to open in early 2012 on the site of Circles South Tampa, at the corner of Armenia Avenue and Azeele Street.
Orsino cited two advantages to the move: the restaurant will have its own parking lot and be able to stay open past 12:30 a.m.
"It's a mutual good move,'' said Michael Chulikavit, who on Oct. 1 closed Circles, the Asian fusion restaurant he opened 13 years ago. Although he had another year on his lease, he said the Ceviche owners were eager to take the space, as well as the adjacent building that until recently housed Pikasso's Kiln and Kork. That will become a private party room called Casa de Cava or House of Champagne accommodating up to 150 people.
Chulikavit said he's scouting locations to reopen Circles in South Tampa. "We'll be back,'' he said, adding that customers can follow along on Facebook.
Ex-Buc Beckles opens Orange 62 boutique
From NFL guard to radio show host to fashion designer, Ian Beckles' resume is bursting at the seams. Last month, the former Tampa Bay Buc opened Orange 62, a boutique featuring men's and women's casual wear and athletic apparel, as well as a gallery showcasing local artists.
"Ian has a passion for art, fashion and diverse lifestyles,'' said spokesman Jason Johnson. "When you come in, you'll see that Orange 62 is as much about ambiance as merchandise."
Beckles, co-host of the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE 620-AM, designs the clothing with co-owner and creative director Ruben Carbonell and fashion director Ilka Figueroa.
The store gets its name from the player's number, 62, and the creamsicle orange of the uniform he wore from 1990 to 1996.
Orange 62 at 3405 S Dale Mabry Highway is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit orangesixtytwo.com or (813) 443-5831.
Bespoke & Co. now on Bay to Bay Boulevard
Custom clothier David Kahn unpacked his tape measure and fabric swatches in a new showroom last month, opening Bespoke & Co. on Bay to Bay Boulevard, west of MacDill Avenue.
Unlike factory-made, off-the-rack clothing in standard sizes, Kahn's designs, "classic with a twist,'' he said, are tailored specifically to each client.
Measurements and fabric selections are sent off to Italian manufacturers, Naples for menswear, Tuscany for women's fashions, "plus a few domestic resources as well,'' adds Kahn. Custom shirts start at $150; suits at $850. Kahn will also travel to a client's home or office for fittings.
Bespoke & Co., 3305 W Bay to Bay Blvd., is open by appointment. Visit bespokeandcofl.com or call (813) 902-1963.
Doctor opens Urgicare for nonemergencies
Cardiovascular surgeon Husain Nagamia opened Urgicare this summer to offer prompt health care for nonemergencies, such as a sore throat, sprained ankle or a minor stitch-up. Most major insurance polices are accepted; appointments are not necessary.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn attended the official ribbon-cutting Sept. 21, "but he already had gotten his flu shot,'' said Nagamia, noting another service they provide.
Urgicare, 3345 S Dale Mabry Highway, south of Bay to Bay Boulevard, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends and holidays. Visit urgicaretampa.com or (813) 831-7722.
Chavez at Home on weekends only
Chavez at Home, which specializes in gourmet take-home cuisine, has ceased weekday hours. Located at 1350 S Howard Ave. near Bern's Park, the restaurant is now open Saturdays and Sundays only, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"When we opened, no one else was doing meal replacements. Now there are many," said owner Denise Chavez. Catering and event planning services continue. Visit chavezathome.net or call (813) 251-1500.
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