SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — An unusual ad appeared on Craigslist last month, offering up a Seminole Heights juice bar for $3,999.
The Organic Juice Lounge and Co-op belonged to Angelica Diaz, well-known in the neighborhood for being the former owner of Viva La Frida, a popular and eclectic Tampa restaurant that closed in 2006.
After traveling for a few years, Diaz opened the juice bar in a small 800-square-foot bungalow at 5805 N Florida Ave. in January. But Diaz said she recently decided her heart was more into catering and planning events surrounding themes associated with the Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo, the surrealistic Mexican painter she idolizes.
She recently announced she had found someone to lease her business.
Steven Figueroa, 43, opened the New Way Cafe on June 1 in Diaz's old building. The cafe operates between the hours of 5:30 and 11:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and serves smoothies, teas, soft drinks, pastries and sandwiches. It also offers wifi service
Diaz said she is working with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County on an Oct. 15 Day of the Dead event.
Justin George, Times staff writer