You’ve got one last chance at a $4.99 liquor pitcher to wash down your pie at CDB’s Pizza in Temple Terrace.
Thursday’s “college night," which part-owner Brandon Byars said still draws hundreds of students weekly from the nearby University of South Florida, will be the final few hours for the 45-year-old business that, for some, was as much a part of the USF experience as spending hours in search of parking and the classrooms at Cooper Hall permanently smelling like Subway.
The owner of the strip plaza at 5104 E Fowler Ave. is ready to bulldoze and redevelop, Byars said, and that’s forcing CDB’s to close. The restaurant opened in 1975 and went on to add half a dozen locations around the Tampa area. But the last one remaining was the first, even though original owner Pat Iaccovella sold it more than a decade ago.
Iaccovella and his partners fought a law that prohibited alcohol from being served near USF all the way to Florida’s Supreme Court, and won, but in the days before they could get a liquor license they simply gave beer away and let people throw cash in a donation jar by the door.
Will CDB’s live on in your heart forever? Then perhaps you’ll want it to also live on in your living room or backyard. Or maybe you’re just in the market for a comfortable chair that has held 10,000 strangers’ butts, or an industrial-grade pizza dough stretcher.
Pretty much everything inside the beer and pizza joint will be sold in an absolute auction — “absolute” meaning no reserve, they’ll take whatever’s offered — beginning Friday at 10 a.m. at the restaurant. That includes everything from the “CDB Pizza” sign that hangs on the building out front to the pizza ovens to the hostess stand, all of it, we can assume, coated in just the perfect amount of decades old mozzarella grease.
Even the plates, the cash register and those big, wooden pizza paddles are for sale. If some Greek organization at USF is motivated enough, it could recreate CDB’s in the back yard (seriously, if the CDB beer pong table in this auction doesn’t end up in a USF fraternity house...).
Here’s a look at a few more items up for grabs.
CDB’s will be open until 3 a.m. on Thursday.