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Uncle Mikes grill opening Plant City location

The Tolley family expects to bring two babies into the world in August. One is yet to be named and the other is called Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill. Simone and Mike Tolley, owners of Uncle Mike's in the Brandon area, plan to open a second restaurant in Plant City about the same time as Simone's due date. The original smokehouse grill opened in the Brandon area in 2011, said Simone Tolley, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader. "We thought it might be a great opportunity for us since we live in Plant City," she said.
The couple decided to branch out six months ago because they used to own a restaurant in the area three years ago and now want to open a location close to home, Mike Tolley said. "It's a neighborhood we really believe in," he said. The second restaurant is between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet and is located at 106 State Road 60 East. Because the building resembles a cabin it will have more of a country atmosphere. "Everyone is just excited, especially the residents of Plant City," Simone Tolley said. "They are really looking for something to do out there." The Tolleys are hoping a retail store opens in the vacant building next to the restaurant. "It would make it a destination for the community," she said. The restaurant is set to open on Aug. 8. The Clemons Road Band, will perform on Aug. 9 and 10 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The restaurant will feature the same menu and activities held at the original location. "We'll keep everything identical," Simone Tolley said. Some of their most popular dishes include a short-rib sandwich, hog wings, burgers and their coleslaw. "It's a unique recipe," Simone Tolley said of the slaw. "It's not your normal green cabbage. It's a purple cabbage." The new restaurant will host line-dancing lessons, live music, all-you-can-eat crab legs and other events. "It's a great place to bring a group of friends and feel like you're in your backyard," Simone Tolley said. She said she expects the restaurant to attract people not just from Plant City but also from Lakeland and Bartow. The Tolleys opened the original Uncle Mike's after spending years in the restaurant industry. Mike Tolley also works as a liquor consultant to restaurants like Bahama Breeze and Mellow mushroom. Simone Tolley describes him as a "cocktail guru." [email protected] Twitter: @andrea_carroz
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