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Outdoor Tampa food hall Sparkman Wharf will reopen Tuesday

Lawn games and most of the furniture will be missing, but many of the restaurants will be open.

Sparkman Wharf in Tampa is set to reopen 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, the shopping and entertainment district has announced.

The waterfront gathering space in the Channelside area of Tampa has been closed since late March, when restaurants and bars across the state were ordered to shut down for dine-in service. It will reopen Tuesday with limited hours. Lawn games and most of the furniture will be missing, but restaurants will be open, “under strict safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and the city of Tampa,” according to an announcement issued Monday.

The Fermented Reality Biergarten at Sparkman Wharf will reopen Tuesday.

The restaurants reopening Tuesday at the outdoor food court include Flock & Stock, Corners, Swigamajig and Boat Run. Fermented Reality Biergarten, which does not serve food, will remain to-go only. Splitsville Southern + Social, which houses a restaurant and an upscale bowling alley, will also open; for hours, check

For now, Sparkman Wharf will be open 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. On Memorial Day, the area will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

The new guidelines include:

  • Asking staff not to report to work in the event they experience any COVID-19-related symptoms within 72 hours prior to the start of their shift.
  • Adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Limiting occupancy of Sparkman Wharf.
  • Wearing of masks or facial coverings and gloves by staff while working or interacting with others.
  • Increasing hand sanitizer stations on property.
  • Disinfecting common areas including seating, restrooms and dining area.
  • Removal of lawn games and most furniture.

Sparkman Wharf is located at 615 Channelside Drive. For more details, visit

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