TAMPA — The beginnings and branding of the soon-to-open hotel on S Howard Avenue signal its passion for food. The 137-room Epicurean Hotel is being developed in collaboration with the famed Bern's Steak House across the street.
Monday evening, promoters unveiled more details about the property, including its desire to become a relaxing South Tampa neighborhood hangout and the names of the six businesses that will call the hotel home.
Of course, there is the restaurant — the Elevage, to seat about 80 on the ground floor of the southern corner facing Howard Avenue. Next to it will be the Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits retail shop. And overhead will be the Edge rooftop bar, seating 87.
A spa will be called Evangeline. And a patisserie — unique sweets, not the ubiquitous bagel — will be called Chocolate Pi. And there will be a culinary school, which doubles as meeting space, called the Epicurean Theatre.
The hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., expects to open in December.