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Central Pasco's SR 54/56 corridor getting more food, drink choices

WESLEY CHAPEL — Some names have changed and some plans were reworked, but the business of food and drink is still coasting steadily along in central Pasco.

From Odessa to Wesley Chapel, here are some new offerings among cafes, restaurants and bars soon to join the strip mall corridor along State Roads 54 and 56:

Beer lovers, pay attention.

The International Beer Garten plans to open in the fall at Northpointe, on the southeast corner of the Suncoast Parkway and SR 54.

"We think it will be September," said Patty Corey, one of the partners in the venture.

The bar's name is pretty self-explanatory, but the variety of beers under one roof might be bigger than anything else central Pasco has seen.

The 2,500-square-foot bar will have 400 to 500 brands of bottled beers and 24 different taps for draft, Corey said. There will be indoor and outdoor seating, and munchies like pizza and sandwiches.

"We just completed our plans and they're going to be submitted for development review," Corey said. "We can't wait."

Shoppes at Wesley Chapel

The 42,000-square-foot shopping center on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, a half-mile north of SR 56, is about 90 percent complete, said Susan Dachs, operations manager and tenant coordinator for developer Strategic Properties.

"We're hoping to turn over to tenants to build their portions by mid July," Dachs said. "I imagine it would be 60 to 90 days before they open."

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a well-known name in Texas where the chain has 82 locations, will open its first Florida franchise here. Four others are planned in Florida, Dickey's Web site said.

The 1,700-square-foot restaurant, which boasts Southern fare like brisket and baked potato casserole, also features a drive-through, Dachs said.

Other new names at the Shoppes at Wesley Chapel are Rays 'N Bread Cafe, a 4,500-square-foot coffee-heavy joint that offers breakfast and lunch, and a 1,500-square-foot Hungry Greek restaurant, Dachs said.

Previously announced tenants include a Quiznos sub and sandwich store, the Bank of St. Petersburg, and Party Fever, a party supply store.

Dachs said Strategic is still looking for other tenants, though probably will not take any more restaurants. Two former possibilities, Prestige Bridal Salon and Exit Extreme Realty, won't be joining the line-up.

Cypress Creek

That's Cypress Creek the retail center east of the interstate, not the proposed giant Cypress Creek Town Center mall that remains mothballed to the west.

Texas Roadhouse, a steak and ribs joint with locations in 44 states, will open its Wesley Chapel outlet on June 23.

The Cypress Creek location will have a round number. It'll be the chain's 300th restaurant.

It'll employ about 150 people and will quietly mark the launch date.

No firm party plans are in store, but "we'll have some opening ceremonies and festivities," said spokesman Travis Doster.

Chuin-Wei Yap can be reached at cyap@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4613.

Central Pasco's SR 54/56 corridor getting more food, drink choices 06/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 2:01pm]
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