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Pizzeria to replace Fermented Reality Biergarten in Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf

Fermented Reality teased a new concept in Ybor City set to open next year.
Fermented Reality Biergarten sits in the middle of Sparkman Wharf on December 5, 2018 in Tampa.
Fermented Reality Biergarten sits in the middle of Sparkman Wharf on December 5, 2018 in Tampa. [ "TAILYR IRVINE | TIMES" ]
Published Aug. 12
Updated Aug. 13

There’s just a few weeks left to grab a beer at the popular Sparkman Wharf beer garden. Fermented Reality Biergarten’s last day at the outdoor food court on downtown Tampa’s waterfront is Aug. 29.

Owner Joel Bigham said their landlord, Strategic Property Partners, decided not to renew their lease. The plan is to relocate somewhere else in Tampa.

“We have a lot of options we’re exploring right now,” Bigham said. “But we are not ready to announce a location.”

A new dining venture from Guy Revelle, the owner behind Splitsville and the Mexican restaurant JoToro in Sparksman Wharf, will replace the biergarten, according to a spokesperson with Strategic Property Partners.

SPP is the real estate firm, owned by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment, behind the development of Water Street Tampa. Vinik is part of an investment group who loaned $15 million to the Times Publishing Co, which owns the Tampa Bay Times.

Revelle’s newest venture will be a pizza restaurant that offers beer and wine similarly as the beer garden, and it’ll remain an outdoor concept.

Bigham said he also plans to open a new restaurant in Ybor City early next year.