The pictures of The Bricks of Ybor, a new café on 7th
Ave. in Ybor City, tell a story of friendship, determination and fun.
The pics on its Facebook page
happy people celebrating big and little moments -- all over the world.
Brian Schaefer, owner of The Bricks, has been involved with
for 17 years, traveling with SpoTlight
from one skate event to another. The Bricks is just an
extension of that passion.
"We always do events in Ybor
after our events at the Skatepark," says Schaefer. "So it was a need we
wanted to fill. We're sophisticated but rough around the edges; fun and
The café menu features
salad and sandwich fare, as well as coffee, wine and creative drinks
from a full-liquor bar. Schaefer states proudly that there is not a
fryer on site and vegetarians have their pick from the menu, too.
Schaefer and his friends worked on the
interior for months in anticipation of its opening. "We did all the work
ourselves," says Schaefer. "The brick aesthetics, exposed A/C and
electrical conduit give it a nice industrial look. The fine birch and
pine work we did gives it a nice modern but sophisticated feel."
But they're not done yet. "The Bricks is an
extension of our involvement in the community," continues Schaefer. "We
have SPoT Skate Shop opening up next to The Bricks, so there will be a
welcoming crossover between the shop, Skatepark, and SPoT Skate Shop.
Now we'll have a location to host our after-gatherings for all the
The Bricks is open
Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday
from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Brian Schaefer, The Bricks of Ybor