A new sandwich restaurant is coming to Sparkman Wharf later this month, Water Street Tampa announced Thursday.
Lunch Lady will be another restaurant from award-winning Chef Ferrell Alvarez and hospitality company Proper House Group, which Alvarez co-owns, at the shipping container park. Alvarez is the chef behind Seminole Heights’ Rooster and the Till, one of Tampa’s few Michelin-recognized establishments, and Ash, which will be a new restaurant opening next year at Water Street, stated the developing firm — backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft’s Bill Gates — Strategic Property Partners.
The fast-casual sandwich shop will have both classic and inventive sandwiches using bread made in Tampa Bay. Also on the menu are salads, juices and teas made from scratch. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Prices range from $8 to $14.
Lunch Lady is set to open by the end of the month.
“The sandwiches you’ll see on Lunch Lady’s menu are inspired by my culinary travels and my love of always eating incredible sandwiches that are made with love,” Alvarez said in a statement. “Don’t be fooled by the name: the menu at Lunch Lady translates well to any time of day and will offer delicious food with the same love and uniqueness that you can find at all of our concepts.”
The Alvarez and Proper House Group team, which includes partners Ty Rodriguez and Chon Nguyen, is also behind Nebraska Mini Mart and two other Sparkman Wharf restaurants: Gallito Taqueria and Dang Dude. Lunch Lady would be the team’s third concept at Sparkman Wharf.
Alvarez was a James Beard Foundation semifinalist in 2017. When no Tampa restaurant won a Michelin star for the guide’s first Florida ratings this year, Alvarez’s Rooster and the Till was named a Michelin Bib Gourmand Recipient.