NEW TAMPA — Keith Oakley has opened more than 100 restaurants during the 38 years he has worked in the business. He says he opened the first Chili's in Florida in 1984.
Now he's working on his own concept: Oakley's Grille, which opened in late June.
"We're serving the meat and potatoes folks," said Oakley, 59.
He calls it casual family dining in a sort of upscale grill with an open kitchen. The menu includes salads, five variations of burgers made with Black Angus beef and a dozen types of sandwiches, including a pressed spicy Italian, a Reuben and smoked turkey and cheese. All menu items are less than $8. There is also a menu for kids.
There are TVs for anyone who wants to catch a game.
Oakley said he chose the former Quiznos spot at 17631 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. because the area is booming. The roadway in front of his restaurant is being expanded with more lanes.
The road construction will last until at least July, but Oakley said the wait does not bother him much. He expects more people will come once the road is clear.
Oakley's Grille's hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information call (813) 523-5075 or visit oakleysgrille.com.
This place will tackle that broken iPhone
Broken iPhone? There's a store for that.
But Brian Kirk doesn't mean Apple.
Kirk opened CPR Cell Phone Repair in July to fix broken iPhone screens, iPads and iPods.
"You always have a place you can bring it, and you don't have to wait two hours to have your number called," Kirk said.
The store also fixes gaming systems, cameras and global positioning systems (GPS).
Cracked screens on cell phones and overheating PlayStations are common problems that are fixed at the store, Kirk said.
A new screen for an iPhone 3GS is usually about $59. For an iPhone 4S, it's $99.
Employees can do a variety of fixes.
Repairs for water damage, for instance, run from $35 for an older flip phone to about $70 for an iPhone.
Cases and batteries for electronics and refurbished phones are also for sale. Used phones can also be dropped off here to be donated.
CPR Cell Phone Repair is a franchise with more than 80 locations throughout the country, but this is the first store to open in Tampa.
CPR Cell Phone Repair is between Amscot and Tijuana Flats at 17501 Preserve Walk Lane, Suite 104. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call (813) 972-0585.
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