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Bubba's, Hooters plan new Pasco locations

Bubba's and Hooters are planning to come to central Pasco.

Representatives for both chains filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to build new restaurants along the rapidly developing State Road 54/56 corridor.

Bubba's 33, an affiliate of the Texas Roadhouse chain, is seeking to construct its first Florida restaurant on Silver Maple Parkway, facing SR 56, just east of Interstate 75. That will put it adjacent to an existing Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the development known as Cypress Creek, a project separate from the Cypress Creek Town Center west of I-75.

Hooters is planning its second Pasco restaurant at the Suncoast Crossing commercial development on SR 54, just west of the Suncoast Parkway in Odessa. The chain opened its only other Pasco location on the Port Richey waterfront 30 years ago.

Hooters, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, is proposing a 5,080-square-foot restaurant for Odessa. Begun in Clearwater, the restaurant's chicken wing menu, double-entendre name and female servers clad in orange shorts and scoop-neck tank tops became an international phenomenon copied by multiple competitors. It has more than 400 restaurants in 27 countries. Four years ago, a vacant restaurant in Land O'Lakes posted on its marquee that it would be the future home of a Hooters. The company denied the claim, and that restaurant building on U.S. 41 remains vacant.

The sports bar Bubba's 33 doesn't have that same history. Kent Taylor, founder of Texas Roadhouse, created Bubba's 33 just five years ago. It takes its name from Taylor's nickname of Bubba, and 33 for 1933, the year Prohibition ended "and people took to the streets to celebrate. We're still celebrating today,'' says the company's web site.

The company, based in Louisville, is proposing a 7,200-square-foot restaurant for Wesley Chapel to offer its menu of pizza, burgers and beer amid a concept it markets as two-in-one: A family dining section and a garage bar.

Separately, hungry people will have another new option along the same growth corridor.

Main Event Entertainment, a bowling, laser tag and casual dining center, recently filed its proposed construction, drainage and site plans with Pasco County. It will be the Dallas-based company's first Tampa Bay area location. Located within the Cypress Creek Town Center, the nearly 49,000-square-foot building will be southwest of the I-75 and State Road 56 interchange, east of the Tampa Premium Outlets, in Lutz. The company's engineers filed its preliminary plans in April.

Contact C.T. Bowen at or (813) 435-7306. Follow @CTBowen2.