Ulele, one of Tampa's most anticipated restaurants in recent memory, opened to the public on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The restaurant tweeted shortly after that:
Mimi Batcho is our first, official, seated customer on opening night. Her appetizer of choice: okra fries. #UleleDay1— Ulele (@Uleletampa) August 26, 2014
In this video exploring the restaurants beginnings, you'll see fourth-generation Columbia restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart, who developed Ulele with managing partner Keith Sedita and the city of Tampa, talk about his passion for creating a legacy in honor of a Native American princess, his family and his hometown. He even shares that he got a sign from God as he pondered whether to continue the project.
Watch through old photos and new video as the Tampa restaurant comes to life in the historic City of Tampa Water Works Building on the banks of the Hillsborough River just north of downtown in Tampa Heights, the city's first subdivision.
Ulele Native-Inspired Food and Spirits is at 1810 North Highland Avenue, Tampa.