A bar in Tampa offers something different to connoisseurs of beer and
wine. Pour House at Grand Central is now open for business at 1208 E.
Kennedy Blvd. and offers a variety of craft beers and new wine labels.Pour House
is owned by two
couples who combined their passions for craft beer and fine wine.
"My wife and I have been into craft beer for a number years," says owner
James Vrabel. "My business partners Scott and Heidi Nietzel own Wine
in Channelside and have an amazing amount of wine knowledge.
We partnered to do what we know and are passionate about.''
But don't expect to see a menu. "None of us knows anything
about running a restaurant so we left it out," explains Vrabel. "You can
bring your own food in or we can provide a number of menus to order in.
Leave the food to someone who's passionate about it."
The partners are very happy with the neighborhood and found
that building out the 2,500-square-foot space was easier than
anticipated. "We started with a dirt floor on Jan. 1, 2010 and were open
on March 20," says Vrabel. "An amazing feat by our general contractor
Jason Murray who lives and works in the Channel District. Grand Central
did their retail space right since we didn't have to dig up an existing
concrete floor to run plumbing or electrical. This made the build-out go
quickly. We're all very happy with the results of the build." The
restaurant used vendors from throughout the Tampa Bay region to provide
furnishings and equipment.
"We believe in the neighborhood
Vrabel says. "Now we hear a sports bar and maybe a grocery store are
coming to Grand Central. That's great for all involved."
Source: James Vrabel, The Pour House at Grand