New Tampa's Selmon's restaurant will remain closed
NEW TAMPA - The Lee Roy Selmon's Restaurant at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Interstate 75, which temporarily closed in August for water damage repairs, will not reopen, a company official said. A search is under way for potential new sites in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel for construction of an updated version of the restaurant, which specializes in Southern-style cuisine. There was no news about possible locations by late last week. "This is a business decision to relocate our restaurant," company President Sam Tancredi says in a news release. "The economics make sense for us to build a new restaurant with our updated interior and exterior design." The eatery at 17508 Dona Michelle Drive shut down Aug. 16 so workers could begin repairing damage caused by summer storms, Tancredi previously said. The repairs and related work were estimated to take eight to nine months.However, company spokeswoman Jennifer Ulmer issued a new release this month saying a search had begun in the community for a site to build a new Selmon's based on additional review of the damage and terms of the lease renewal. Employees at the New Tampa restaurant temporarily have been assigned to Selmon's locations in Brandon and South Tampa, Tancredi said. A new restaurant in Carrollwood is set to open in December. While the New Tampa location is closed, Tancredi apologized for inconveniencing customers. "We look forward to serving you in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area again in the near future," Tancredi states in the release. "Details of the new location will be coming soon." 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 his death due to a stroke. There now are seven locations in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Sarasota and Fort Myers.
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