TAMPA — The vendors behind a bowling alley and movie theater slated for International Plaza have revealed themselves: Pinstripes and Cinemex announced a spring 2021 opening on Wednesday.
The mall first filed plans and permit applications with the City of Tampa for a movie theater and bowling alley in May. International Plaza’s owners, Taubman Properties, confirmed the plans then, but declined to say who would be behind the more than 60,000-square-foot project.
“We’re excited to be a part of Taubman’s expansion of International Plaza, and to anchor its evolution into a leading-edge dining and entertainment destination,” Pinstripes CEO Dale Schwartz said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Taubman on taking the mall to the next level and delivering this exceptional development to the Tampa and St. Petersburg market.”
Pinstripes prides itself on being a leader in upscale experiential dining with an aesthetic unlike your neighborhood bowling alley. It will have a wine-cellar and made-from-scratch Italian-American dishes inside its bistro. In addition to 12 bowling lanes, there also will be six indoor and outdoor bocce courts for the classic Italian lawn game.
There is a planned event space that can hold up to 1,000 people and an expansive outdoor patio that Pinstripes says will be designed especially for Tampa.
"Pinstripes is a perfect fit for our expansion project and a great new anchor for International Plaza,” William Taubman, chief operating officer of Taubman, said in a statement. “Adding Pinstripes and Cinemex to our premier collection of retail, entertainment and dining further solidifies the center as the dominant destination for shoppers on Florida’s gulf coast.”
Pinstripes will occupy two floors and nearly 30,000 square feet of the expansion, which will sit between the Nordstrom parking garage and the Bay Street dining area.
The movie theater will take up 38,500-square-feet, according to the latest plans filed with the City.
Pinstripes is based in Chicago and has grown to 11 locations since its founding in 2007. It caters to the type of clients already headed to International Plaza — those who prefer the designer brands the mall features.
While other malls struggle to keep tenants, International Plaza has found its footing with a focus on luxury shops and dining.