BRANDON — Locals who have enjoyed the neighborhood Clubhouse Sports Cafe at 1265 Kingsway Road since 1999 might not recognize the place when the newly renovated Time Out Family Pub and Grill hosts its grand opening Sept. 15, the day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold their home opener against the New Orleans Saints.
After two owners in 15 years, the new establishment is being rebuilt from the ground up. Sergio Giardini, who has 21 years of restaurant experience beginning in Boston, wanted to purchase a local restaurant and operate it with his family.
Giardini, along with his sister, Lisa Brown, will oversee ownership responsibilities while his children, Dominic Giardini and Julie Dungan, will handle day-to-day operations.
"We found this place and wanted to go with a concept of an upscale pub and grill," Giardini said.
The family has invested in everything from new tile and a new bar to an enclosed game room, multiple flat-screen televisions and a kitchen equipment overhaul. Patrons can expect things like the Sunday NFL ticket and NASCAR on TV as well as a new pool table, dart league and auto shows in the parking lot.
"We want to be the premier family place to enjoy yourself," said Dominic Giardini, who comes from Willie's Seafood Restaurant in Valrico and will be the kitchen manager.
In addition to typical sports bar fare like wings, he said he wants to include daily specials and fresh options such as soups made from scratch and offer unusual eats such as gator tail and even fried Twinkies and Oreos. There will be 12 types of drafts on tap, up from three, including a craft beer of the month.
The restaurant plans to operate 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and stay open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The new owners also will honor existing Clubhouse gift cards.
"If people are here and the game is on, we will be open," said Dungan, the house manager who has worked at the Seffner Beef 'O' Brady's for 11 years.
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Meanwhile, former Clubhouse manager and co-owner Stacy Lester has landed at Tadpoles, 115 E Brandon Blvd. Once a popular spot on Lithia-Pinecrest Road, the latest incarnation of Tadpoles has built a popular following since opening in the old Shells Restaurant location in 2011.
Corner Bakery comes to Regency Square
Regency Square continues to attract new tenants. The Corner Bakery Cafe is set to open its first Tampa Bay area eatery in the outparcel formerly occupied by Mattress Firm at 2326 W Brandon Blvd. The Chicago-born chain that began in 1991 and is headquartered in Dallas has more than 150 locations, including four in South Florida. This is the first of 10 planned Corner Bakery eateries set to open in the region during the next six years.
The cafe offers coffee along with bistro food such as specialty breads, hot breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and pasta for less than $10.
Earlier this year, Regency Square welcomed Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Wok Chi, a casual pan-regional Chinese restaurant. A standalone Starbucks in the square is nearing completion.
Mattress Firm customers can still find what they are looking for across Brandon Boulevard near the Westfield Brandon shopping mall, 235 Brandon Town Center Drive, and from its clearance center at 1917 W Brandon Blvd., adjacent to Chili's.
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