CITRUS PARK — For those driving home late at night after a concert, a movie or just a long day at the office, finding a place to get a bite to eat can be tricky.
Danny Rowan, manager of Grille 54, thinks his restaurant is the solution. Grille 54 is open till 3 a.m. and offers a variety of menu items.
"There's not much open that late around here besides us and Steak n Shake," Rowan said.
Grille 54 is where Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille used to be — in a strip of businesses on Sheldon Road, between Linebaugh Avenue and Citrus Park Drive.
"We've got a lot of Italian food and a wood-burning grill to make steaks and seafood," Rowan said. "We also have some of the freshest sushi that I'll stack up against anyone else's."
Grille 54, which opened in November, has become popular with night owls and people in the hospitality industry who often work odd hours.
The Citrus Park location is Grille 54's second. The owner, Greg Anastasas, who opened the first Grille 54 in Trinity, was looking for another spot, either in South Tampa or New Tampa. Citrus Park won out.
"One of our liquor distributors told him he needed to check out this spot," Rowan said. "He did, and now we're here."
Grille 54, at 11935 Sheldon Road, is open from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week. For information, visit grille54.com.
Selina's Latin Café opens near Grille 54
A Latin cafe has opened in the same strip center as Grille 54. About two months ago, Selina Griffin thought the time was right to follow her family tradition of making and selling good food and opened Selina's Latin Café.
As a former resident of Town 'N Country, Griffin said she fills a need that, until recently, went largely unfilled.
"I used to live in the area and when I lived here, I really felt the need for a Cuban cafe," Griffin said. "Especially a good cafe con leche."
After working as an international business developer for 25 years, Griffin decided to go back to her family roots.
"I have a love for food and for people," Griffin said. "There have been restaurants and grocery stores in my family for years in Ybor City. My grandfather, Santos Rodriguez, owned Santos' Market on 15th Street."
Selina's Latin Café serves the usual Cuban and Latin fare, including Cuban sandwiches and a signature Elena Ruth sandwich, with turkey, cream cheese and strawberry jam on a pressed medianoche bread.
"That one's really popular in Cuba," Griffin said.
Selina's Latin Café, at 11961 Sheldon Road, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (813) 926-0123 or visit the website at selinaslatincafe.com.
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