Georgette's, one of the original tenants of Hyde Park Village, has found a new home.
The upscale boutique, well known by partygoers from Tampa and beyond, was one of eight tenants to receive an eviction notice last month from Hyde Park Village management. Boutique owner Georgette Diaz has found a new location near Kennedy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway that she says will better serve her established clientele.
The boutique will move into the space at 141 S Dale Mabry formerly occupied by Norwalk Furniture, which closed several weeks ago when its parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Diaz said her boutique will move into the 5,200-square-foot space before Nov. 15, the date she is legally required to leave Hyde Park Village.
Though she does not yet know when renovations to the new store will be completed, "we are only expecting to be (closed) for 24 to 48 hours," Diaz said.
Georgette's has been an anchor boutique in Hyde Park since it opened 20 years ago. Diaz would say only that she was surprised by the evictions, which were issued as the village gears up for still-unspecified plans and development.
Diaz's new store is nearly 25 percent larger than the Hyde Park location and is a "perfect fit for us; the answer to my every dream," she said.
"Our customers drive to this business" from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, North Tampa, Sarasota and other areas, Diaz said. "We have been a destination store in Hyde Park.
"I listened for 15 years to people complaining that they wished I were more easily accessible."
Diaz said the store will retain the same phone number: (813) 254-1141. Customers can call and request to be notified when the store moves to its new location.
Green Fish Greetings also moving on
Meanwhile, Green Fish Greetings, which opened in Hyde Park just five months before receiving its eviction notice, likely will move into a space in Whaley's Plaza at 533 S Howard.
Owner Charlie Purcell said last week the deal had not been finalized, but he expects to sign a lease that would quickly get him into the space left vacant when Charlie's Wine Bar closed this month.
Eventually, he plans to move into a slightly larger space in the plaza that once was part of Whaley's Market, which closed in August. Landlord Charles Mendez is in the process of converting the market's old space to three smaller units in the plaza.
New place, historic space in Ybor City
Phil Zeltsar and Bill Haines couldn't pass up the chance to open a new restaurant in one of their favorite Ybor City buildings, even in uncertain times.
Haines was the general manager and Zeltsar was the head chef at nearby Bernini when Big City Tavern shut down earlier this year. The 1892 building that housed Big City is a former theater that is on the National Register of Historic Places. When it became available, Haines and Zeltsar accelerated their plans to open a restaurant of their own.
The result is Teatro on Seventh, what they call an American-international fusion concept born of their love for experimentation. The restaurant opened Oct. 10 at 1600 E Eighth Ave. and is part of Centro Ybor.
"The American palate has adopted different things from all over the world," Zeltsar said. "We're taking that palate and fusing different countries together. We're not Italian, not French, not Asian, but we have a little bit from each of those places."
Teatro (Spanish for "theater") on Seventh boasts what Zeltsar said was the first parquet floor in the state of Florida, a grand marble staircase and balconies overlooking Seventh Avenue. The interior has been kept fairly casual — "fun dining" is what Zeltsar calls it — with flat-screen TVs and room for live music.
"The space is a big draw," he said. "It's not just a restaurant in some (building)."
Teatro on Seventh is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for lunch. Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 Friday and Saturday, with the bar open as late as 3 a.m. Valet parking is available.
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