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Beachwood Seafood Kitchen & Bar opens in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — When Suegra Tequila Cantina opened in Spring 2017, Oldsmar and Westchase had great expectations for the celebrity chef-backed restaurant. Despite its initial fanfare, the restaurant abruptly closed a year later, leaving a huge void in the prominent plaza along Tampa Road.

FlameStone Grill owner Nick Pappas saw this as the perfect opportunity to open a new restaurant, Beachwood Seafood Kitchen & Bar.

"We think it's a great spot," said Pappas. "We're excited about the concept."

Across the street, his family-run restaurant has enjoyed success for 11 years, and in 2017, FlameStone Grill opened a second location in Trinity.

Before opening Beachwood, a lot of cosmetic changes were made, including lightening up the interior and changing decor to give it a fun, beachy vibe. The large, covered bar and patio area now has windows, temperature control and can be used for private parties.

Beachwood's menu features a variety of classic and modern seafood dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Sushi and sashimi are also offered, along with steak, pasta, salads and handheld items such as fish tacos, fish and chips and the lobster roll.

The drink menu features specialty cocktails, local craft beer, wine, liquor and saké.

Though the restaurant just opened at the beginning of August, Pappas is already contemplating opening earlier on the weekends.

"We're thinking of introducing a Saturday and Sunday brunch," said Pappas.

Beachwood Seafood Kitchen & Bar is at 4022 Tampa Road. It is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (813) 537-8080 or visit beachwoodseafoodkitchen.com.

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