Make us your home page
Everybody's Business

Vietnamese eatery to open on Dale Mabry

PALMA CEIA — After 20 years at its Gandy Boulevard location, Vietnamese eatery Indochinois is opening a new 80-seat restaurant in a spot that's closer to many of its most loyal customers.

The Huynh family has spent a year renovating a former insurance office in the boutique-laden Carriage Trade Plaza. The new Indochinois is expected to open late this month in the 3,000-square-foot space at 1914 S Dale Mabry.

The original restaurant at 3324 W Gandy Blvd. will remain open for now, said Mike Huynh, son of owners An and Doi Huynh. But his parents "are getting to the point where they are going to be enjoying their golden years," so that location eventually will be phased out.

Huynh said the new place will be more convenient for Indochinois' many Palma Ceia and West Shore customers, and will allow for more spontaneous lunchtime diners.

"As business started slowing down because of the economy, I decided that we did need to move to a place where (there is) a main artery," Huynh said. "We'll have a lot more walk-in traffic and be closer to our core customers."

The other shoe drops

Tampa shoe designer Steven Salario, whose "Palm Beach" sandal has been a resort (and South Tampa) staple for much of the decade, has closed his Swann Avenue retail outlet and temporarily shut down most of his production in South America.

"My customers are beach vacationers, and to tell you the truth, they're not traveling," he said. "A lot of the boutiques are suffering, and a lot of them have closed."

Salario, whose family has long been in the shoe and leather business, moved out of the space at 3006 W Swann and has shifted his stacks of outlet shoes to his brother's shoe repair shop, the Hyde Park Cobblery. Salario did not make shoes for delivery this year and is spending much of his time in the Midwest as a shoe leather wholesaler.

He said he is waiting out the recession and doesn't expect to take new orders until June 2009. "I've seen it peak and valley before," he said, "but never like this."

Salario's Palm Beach sandal in particular enjoyed a roaring comeback in recent years, as resort clothing became fashionable with stylish parents and their young children. But the preppy craze has waned, he said.

"We've sold a ton of them," Salario said. "But the children's are $60 retail. ... It's a flip flop. Do you need a $60 flip flop for a kid? When times were good, people were buying."

New site not a stretch

Kelly Griffin readily admits that now is "probably not the time to be opening any business anywhere." But her fledgling South Tampa Pilates business had quickly outgrown her home studio, and Griffin decided it was time to rent a space.

"I only had space for one piece of (Pilates) equipment in my home, and I was literally turning clients away," she said. "I was going to have to either expand or stagnate."

Griffin opened last month at 2120 S MacDill Ave., Suite B, in a space that used to be part of the defunct Axxents accessories store. (The other half of the storefront remains empty.) She started South Tampa Pilates in February, and it turns out that her relatively low prices — such as $50 for an hourlong private session — quickly brought in bookings.

Even with the new studio, "I'm keeping (prices) low because of the economy," Griffin said. "I'm finding that even people who can pay $65 and $70 an hour don't want to if they don't have to."

Griffin also offers "duet" classes for two at $35 a person. She plans to start group classes soon. "I'm trying to offer a lower cost alternative for people who need something," she said.

Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call (813) 226-3394 or e-mail

>>Hot tip

Holiday cards

and calendars

Check out the festive holiday greeting cards and calendar designed by artists at the MacDonald Training Center for disabled adults. You can purchase full sets of one card or a set of 10 mixed cards for $10. Their whimsical calendars cost $12.95. To see the selection, visit or call Marianne Monoc at 870-1300, ext. 283.

Amy Scherzer

Vietnamese eatery to open on Dale Mabry 12/11/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa Club president seeks assessment fee from members


    TAMPA — The president of the Tampa Club said he asked members last month to pay an additional assessment fee to provide "additional revenue." However, Ron Licata said Friday that the downtown business group is not in a dire financial situation.

    Ron Licata, president of the Tampa Club in downtown Tampa. [Tampa Club]
  2. Under Republican health care bill, Florida must make up $7.5 billion


    If a Senate bill called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 becomes law, Florida's government would need to make up about $7.5 billion to maintain its current health care system. The bill, which is one of the Republican Party's long-promised answers to the Affordable Care Act imposes a cap on funding per enrollee …

    Florida would need to cover $7.5 billion to keep its health care program under the Republican-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.  [Times file photo]
  3. Amid U.S. real estate buying binge by foreign investors, Florida remains first choice

    Real Estate

    Foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate recently skyrocketed to a new high with nearly half of all foreign sales happening in Florida, California and Texas.

    A National Association of Realtors annual survey found record volume and activity by foreign buyers of U.S. real estate. Florida had the highest foreign investment activity, followed by California and Texas. [National Association of Realtors]
  4. Trigaux: Tampa Bay health care leaders wary of getting too far ahead in disruptive times


    Are attempts to repeal Obamacare dead for the foreseeable future? Might the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now in dire limbo, be revived? Will Medicaid coverage for the most in need be gutted? Can Republicans now in charge of the White House, Senate and House ever agree to deliver a substitute health care plan that people …

    Natalia Ricabal of Lutz, 12 years old, joined other pediatric cancer patients in Washington in July to urge Congress to protect Medicaid coverage that helped patients like Ricabal fight cancer. She was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 2013 and has undergone extensive treatments at BayCare's St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. [Courtesy of BayCare]
  5. The Iron Yard coding academy to close in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Iron Yard, a code-writing academy with a location in downtown St. Petersburg, will close for good this summer.

    Instructors (from left) Mark Dewey, Jason Perry, and Gavin Stark greet the audience at The Iron Yard, 260 1st Ave. S, in St. Petersburg during "Demo Day" Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at The Iron Yard, which is an immersive code school that is part of a trend of trying to address the shortage of programmers.  The academy is closing this summer.  [LARA CERRI   |   Times]