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Sports bar comes to Seminole Heights

Business has been booming ever since Social House, a new sports bar in Seminole Heights, opened April 1.

Owners Ricky Coston, a former co-owner of SoFresh, Taylor Caum, the general manager, and former NFL wide receiver Logan Payne are already at work expanding their 2,400 square foot space to include an outdoor patio beer garden and a rooftop dining space. And the trio are seeking an additional location by years end.

Coston believes part of the reason for their quick success was a timely opening date, right before the Women's Final Four Tampa Bay and the start of the Lightning playoffs.

The other part is the area's lack of a sports bar.

"We're really excited to give Seminole Heights something they really need," said Coston.

Social House currently features 16 televisions, and anticipates adding six more once their outdoor beer garden and rooftop areas are completed.

The menu serves typical sports bar fare, including burgers, chicken tenders and wings, but also offers Florida seafood items like gator bites, conch fitters and grouper sandwiches.

Guests can swap out any burger patty with their choice of fish, and the menu offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free items.

"We're definitely taking a different approach," Coston said, "a green, environmental approach. Nothing comes in a bottle or a can and everything is served out of a bottle or in a keg."

Social House operates for dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, and for lunch and dinner beginning at 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday at the space Mortar & Pestle previously operated at 6310 N Florida Ave.

Prices range from $9 to $14.

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