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Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa officially reopening today

The beloved mullet shack and music venue already has a growing concert calendar.
People check out Impulse on the dancefloor at Skipper's Smokehouse in 2012. The venue, which opened in 1980 and closed in 2020, has officially reopened in Tampa.
People check out Impulse on the dancefloor at Skipper's Smokehouse in 2012. The venue, which opened in 1980 and closed in 2020, has officially reopened in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jul. 15
Updated Jul. 28

The mullet’s out of the bag: Skipper’s Smokehouse has officially reopened in Tampa.

The more than 40-year-old concert venue, restaurant and bar announced this week that it will officially open its doors at 3 p.m. Thursday, days after a soft opening last weekend.

Skipper’s posted the news on social Wednesday, alongside an announcement that venue faves Southern Culture on the Skids had booked a concert there on Jan. 15.

The venue — which over the years has hosted artists like Buddy Guy and the Black Keys — already has a growing slate of concerts in the works, including the Red Elvises on July 24, a Tom Petty 70th birthday tribute on Oct. 16, the Reverend Horton Heat on Oct. 31 and Donna the Buffalo on New Year’s Eve.

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Skipper’s has been posting updates about changes customers will see, including new bucket drinks; new murals and a brighter color palette. Old fare like oysters and gator tail will return to the scaled-back menu, but Skipper’s marketing director Cricket Larson said the restaurant will add southern fare like pimento cheese grits, peach cobbler and specialty cocktails that can be topped with a splash of CBD oil.

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After last weekend’s soft opening, they finalized preparations for the doors to officially reopen today.

“Appreciated your feedback,” the venue’s Facebook page stated. “Learned some things. Tweaked some stuff. Made some fantastic cocktails. Served some delicious food. A good time was had by all.”

Skipper’s opens at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at 910 Skipper Road in Tampa.