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World of Beer to open in Tampa's West Shore business district

World of Beer broke ground Monday on what will be its sixth location in the Tampa Bay area in the West Shore business district. This photo is of a World of Beer stand that opened at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in time for the 2013-2014 Tampa Bay Lighting season. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times] 
World of Beer broke ground Monday on what will be its sixth location in the Tampa Bay area in the West Shore business district. This photo is of a World of Beer stand that opened at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in time for the 2013-2014 Tampa Bay Lighting season. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times] 
Published Jan. 26, 2016

TAMPA — World of Beer, the chain of bars known for its wide selection of craft beer, broke ground Monday on a location in West Shore's Avion Park.

The restaurant and bar in Tampa's West Shore district will be the company's sixth tavern to open in the Tampa Bay area when it opens in May. Tampa-based World of Beer operates 80 taverns around the country.

Paul Jacobs, World of Beer's joint venture partner, and Paul Avery, World of Beer's CEO and president, joined local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking Monday morning.

World of Beer joins a slew of hotels, businesses and retail operations in Avion Park, which is located not far from Tampa International Airport. Tampa-based McKibbon Hotel Group broke ground in June on a 178-room Hampton Inn & Suites, which is slated to open this summer. The business park is also home to BioSpine Institute and A1 Express airport remote parking services. Another freestanding restaurant is expected to join the 4,800-square-foot World of Beer tavern.

In September, World of Beer opened a new tavern across the street from the University of South Florida.

In recent years, the chain has expanded its menu to include liquor cocktails, and some taverns also serve food.

Contact Justine Griffin at jgriffin@tampabay.com. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

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