NEW TAMPA — Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant is coming back to New Tampa.
The restaurant plans to return to its former location at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Interstate 75 late this year, restaurant officials said this week.
“This neighborhood has been extremely welcoming and supportive,” Lee Roy Selmon’s President Sam Tancredi said in a statement. “It was a very difficult decision to close our doors, and that is why we have worked so hard to re-open.”
The eatery at 17508 Dona Michelle Drive shut down on Aug. 16, 2012, so workers could begin repairing damage caused by summer storms.
Initially, the repairs and related work were to take eight to nine months. In November Selmon’s officials announced a plan to seek undeveloped property in the area to build a prototype location.
“Although we considered other sites, we had a strong desire to stay in the same location,” Tancredi said.
Employees at the New Tampa restaurant were assigned to Selmon’s locations in Brandon and South Tampa. A new location opened in Carrollwood in December.
Renovations are expected to start at the New Tampa store soon, so the restaurant can be to ready for guests before the end of year.
Diners at the location will find a completely renovated sports grill with an updated interior and exterior design, company officials said. Several community events are being planned to coincide with the grand re-opening and will be announced closer to the opening date.
“We couldn’t be more excited to re-open, and we look forward to serving our neighbors in the very near future,” Tancredi said.
The Tampa-based restaurant chain is named for Selmon, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer who became a restaurateur more than a decade before his death in September 2011.
The Selmon’s on Dona Michelle Drive opened in June 2003. It was the second restaurant in a chain the National Football League hall-of-famer helped launch in 2000.
At the time, Selmon’s was one of a half-dozen concept restaurants operating under the Tampa-based Outback Steakhouse banner.
Selmon later took over ownership of the restaurant chain that bears his name. He operated it until he died from a stroke. There now are eight locations in Tampa, Carrollwood, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Sarasota and Fort Myers.