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New restaurant Predalina at Tampa’s Water Street sets opening date

The spot will serve seafood-driven Mediterranean cuisine.
 
A rendering of the dining room of Predalina, opening in Tampa's Water Street district on July 5, 2023.
A rendering of the dining room of Predalina, opening in Tampa's Water Street district on July 5, 2023. [ Courtesy of RealSpace ]
Published June 23, 2023|Updated June 27, 2023

Yet another new restaurant is opening soon at Tampa’s Water Street: Predalina will open on Wednesday, July 5. Reservations will be taken beginning June 28 on resy.com.

The seafood-heavy Mediterranean restaurant is owned by Blake Casper and Allison Casper Adams, the founders of Oxford Commons Hospitality Company, whose portfolio includes Oxford Exchange, The Library, Current Hotel and The Stovall House.

The restaurant pays homage to the founders’ great-grandmother, Predaliana Oliveira. She lived in seaside communities throughout the world, from Recife, Brazil, to Porto, Portugal, to Providence, Rhode Island. The menu and decor are inspired by her.

Predalina is located on the ground floor of the Cora high-rise at 1001 Cumberland Ave. Designed by Oxford Design Studio, Smith Dalia Architects and NAINOA Interior Design & Architecture, the restaurant’s interior is 7,000 square feet with 2,000 square feet of shaded outdoor patio space.

A rendering of the terrace seating at Predalina, opening in Tampa's Water Street district on July 5, 2023.
A rendering of the terrace seating at Predalina, opening in Tampa's Water Street district on July 5, 2023. [ Courtesy of RealSpace ]

There will also be a retail space with gifts, handcrafted wares and decor.

Executive chef Keith Bombaugh designed the menus for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and the restaurant has an extensive wine cellar and full liquor bar.

The brunch menu has a nice variety of items, with rolled baklava, yellowfin tuna crudo, a selection of handhelds and a shareable tomahawk gyro.

Lunch items sound fresh, with zucchini chips with feta to share, a variety of salads and a falafel burger and the option for tabouleh as a side.

Seafood is the main attraction on the dinner menu, with oysters on the half shell, a lobster skewer, blue crab chitarra and entrees for the table to share, including a salt-crust fish or rack of lamb.

“We are excited to open a restaurant in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown and to be a part of the Water Street community — there is nothing else like it in Tampa, and we are excited to call it home,” Blake Casper, CEO of Casper Company, said in a news release.

For more information, visit predalina.com.