Sugar Factory’s monster milkshakes, rainbow sliders and famous floor-to-ceiling candy wall are headed to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Shooting for a December premiere on the mezzanine level of the Tampa casino at 5223 Orient Road, the restaurant-meets-confectionery chain will showcase a lineup of whimsical cuisine and its signature sweets shop, where a 4,000-square-foot display of more than 500 types of bulk and novelty candy is planned.
The Hard Rock marks the 25th location for Sugar Factory, according to a statement from managing partner Tom Recine.
“Casinos are the perfect places for our lively atmosphere and playful menu," Recine said in a news release, "and with guests already in such an upbeat mood we thought it would be perfect to offer a restaurant that mirrored that attitude.”
The Big Cheesy Monster Burger, specialty pizzas, an 8-ounce Black Angus filet and the King Kong Sundae — 24 scoops of ice cream topped with caramel and fudge sauces, sprinkles, gummy bears, lollipops and other saccharine delights — are a few dishes that will churn into the 120-seat dining room composed of red tufted banquets and crystal chandeliers.
If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth further, the 20-seat white marble bar at Sugar Factory promises boozy, smoking candy goblets, including the watermelon mojito built upon former Visit Florida spokesman and rapper Pitbull’s Voli 305 Vodka and sour watermelon gummies.
Anticipated hours of operation for Sugar Factory, which also has Florida locations in Miami and Orlando, are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends.