BRANDON — Green Iguana Bar & Grill will become the latest brand to try and revitalize a struggling Brandon spot when it moves its Winthrop Town Centre restaurant to 2016 Town Center Blvd.
Green Iguana founder Rick Calderoni purchased the building, most recently known as Zapps Sports Bar, and intends to move out of the current Winthrop site by the end of January.
"We are real excited about it," Calderoni said. "We love the area at Winthrop, but this allows us to focus on what we are known for: entertainment and food."
The Winthrop bar will remain open through the NCAA football bowl season.
Winthrop founder John Sullivan says the town center has several viable candidates interested in filling the pending vacancy.
Calderoni said he wants to focus on the happy hour demographic and build on the improvements Zapps made to the 6,700-square-foot space when it opened in May. He plans to keep the dozen projection screens that are 10 feet by 12 feet as part of a 25-television lineup and add some landscaping to the outdoor area, transforming it into a tiki bar.
"We plan to add some curb appeal," Calderoni said, "and change the perception over there."
Zapps tried to capitalize on the closure of neighboring Barnacles when it converted the former nightclub into a sports bar last summer. Prior to that, the building was known as Boomerang Martini Bar in 2012 and Club Fluid in 2007, where two deaths occurred.
Green Iguana also plans to launch a new menu, offering a selection of healthier items including entree bowls and salads. One thing Calderoni said he won't change is showcasing live music.
"With our new location, we will bring a new vibe to the community," said Calderoni, who also said Green Iguana will save money in the long run by owning the building.
Green Iguana has five area locations in Riverview, Tampa International Airport, Ybor City, Anderson Road and the original location on West Shore Boulevard.
A grand opening celebration is planned in conjunction with its 25th anniversary in February. Visit online at greeniguana.com.
Women's Care adds bilingual doctor
Women's Care has continued to grow since it was established in Brandon in 1980. The obstetrics and gynecology practice with offices in Brandon, Lithia, Gibsonton and Plant City just hired its sixth doctor last month: Jennifer Lopez Troy.
Troy is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She joins Drs. Keith Whitehead, Maruja Fernandez, Greg Den Haese, Steven Granger and Karin Stanton, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, at the practice.
"Dr. Jennifer Lopez Troy is an exceptional addition to our team of providers," said Dr. Keith Whitehead, managing partner of the practice. Dr. Troy has a special interest in adolescent medicine and reproductive care and is also bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish."
Appointments at all Women's Care locations can be scheduled online at wcobweb.com, where patients also can find links to approximately two dozen care groups in the Women's Care Florida network. Appointments also can be set by calling your preferred location: Brandon: (813) 681-9171, Lithia: (813) 699-1006, Plant City: (813) 754-7561 or Gibsonton: (813) 574-1350.
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