Four New Restaurant Concepts Arrive at Water Street Tampa
Water Street Tampa adds four new restaurants and bars to the sprawling downtown project.
This afternoon, Strategic Property Partners announced that a new Ohio-style craft brewery and pizzeria called Small Giant Bar & Restaurant, by Cru Hospitality Group, will open in the commercial space at the street level of the Tower of ‘Cora luxury apartments.
A new wine and liquor store called Wine on Water is also planned for Cora and will include more than 500 alcohol selections, as well as an outdoor garden that can be rented for private events.
Meanwhile, The Pearl, a tavern and oyster room at Ocean Prime’s Cameron Mitchell restaurants, will debut alongside the Publix GreenWise Marketplace in the development’s other luxury tower, The Heron.
At Sparkman Wharf, which is also owned by Strategic Property Partners, chocolate and dessert store The Hamptons will open its flagship store in one of the stand-alone spaces (non-sea containers).
As of yet, there is no estimated opening date for The Pearl, but Hampton Chocolate Factory is slated to open in December, and Small Giant and Wine on the Water are slated to debut in Spring 2022.
The new additions join a growing list of around 11 other concepts recently signed to Water Street, including Shortwave Coffee, Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, Fit Bowl Co. Superfood Bar, Murph’s BBQ, Noble Rice, BurgerFi, The Battery, Naked Farmer and 3 corners.
Strategic Property Partners is actually a joint venture between Cascade Investments of Bill Gates and Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning and investor of the Tampa Bay Times. Despite being located in one of Tampa’s wealthiest zip codes (and right next to the Vinik hockey arena), in 2019 it was revealed that the Water Street development had benefited from a Trump-era opportunity zone tax break, which was actually meant to help spur growth in poor neighborhoods, but was grossly abused by billionaires, according to ProPublica.
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