Mr. Pizza gives way to new pub on central Ave.
West Central Avenue will have a true neighborhood joint when the Westy Grille and Pub opens Dec. 15 in the former Mr. Pizza at 7220 Central Ave. The menu will include meatloaf, open-faced sandwiches, fresh soups, pot roast, wraps, salads, a wasabi cheeseburger, imported beer and wine. Owner Matt Yoder grew up hanging out at Mr. Pizza and wants to create a popular local spot of his own. "This side of town really doesn't have a place for us," he said. "We're looking to make this a real neighborhood tavern." The 1,800-square-foot eatery will have a copper-topped bar, natural woods and a compass pointing west painted on the floor. "This has always been a daytime area with boutiques, beauty salons, antique stores," said Chuck Flynt, who leased the space to Yoder. "This will help meet the needs of the neighborhood so if they want to do something in the evening, they don't have to truck to the beaches or downtown."
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer
Chamber networking event is Thursday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber's business leads program, Coffee An'Networking, will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at Wealth Builders, 13498 Walsingham Road, Largo. As is customary, it will feature an informal meet and greet with a networking exercise and door prizes afterward. The event is free for members, but it costs $10 for nonmembers. To register, e-mail events@largo chamber.org or call the chamber at (727) 584-2321.