Ceviche's South Tampa Plans Move In Hyde Park

South Tampa's Ceviche Bar and Restaurant plans to move a few blocks north to a new place in 2012.

Remaining loyal to its many South Tampa customers, the new location will remain in the neighborhood, occupying the former site of Circles and Pikasso's Kiln and Kork at the intersection of Azeele Street and Armenia Avenue. Ceviche's current location at 1502 S. Howard Ave. will close on New Years Eve 2011 while the new location is slated to open shortly after in early 2012.

“We've been in South Tampa for 14 years now and want to stay,” says Ceviche CEO Joseph Orsino. “I think regulars will welcome the move because of all of the advantages of the new location, while offering the same menu and experience of our original home in South Tampa.”

Ceviche had been considering relocating for some time, and with the lease at the current location being up for renewal in December, Orsino says the timing couldn't have been better.

“While the current location has been very popular and has served Ceviche and our customers well, we faced some operational, zoning and architectural challenges,” says Orsino. “The new location offers us an ideal restaurant footprint and a blank slate to create the ultimate Ceviche experience that our fans love.”

The new location, scheduled to open as soon as possible to minimize downtime, will feature two buildings. The main building will include a bar and lounge with live entertainment and a main dining room for intimate occasions, while the additional building will become a banquet space called Casa de Cava (House of Champagne). Casa de Cava will be designed for parties of 30 to 150, including restroom facilities and an adjoining private outdoor dining space with lush landscaping.

“Outdoor dining has always been a big draw for Ceviche South Tampa and we want to continue to provide our customers with a fantastic outdoor dining option,” says Orsino. “The décor will be fresh, but still consistent with the famous Ceviche atmosphere our customers enjoy.”

In total, the new location will feature about 250 seats -- the same as the current location -- and will offer extended hours until 3 a.m. Extending hours for lunchtime is also being considered.

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Joseph Orsino, Ceviche
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