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Food court dining to be highlight of outlet mall

Tampa Premium Outlets will have several food court restaurants that will be the first of their kind in Florida.

Thomas Winterburn, who spent 30 years with mall operator Westfield, owns the Florida franchise for two of the eateries at the new mall at the State Road 56-Interstate 75 interchange scheduled to open Oct. 29.

“We’re really excited,” Winterburn said. “This location should be a home run for an outlet mall. Tampa is lacking in outlet malls; they’ve got plenty of full-price malls.”

Green Leaf’s markets itself as a healthy alternative to fast-food, specializing in tossed, made-to-order salads, wraps and paninis and homemade soups. The company website boasts an extensive salad bar offering “dozens of fresh ingredients and countless possibilities to make sure our customers get exactly what they want. A garden fresh salad made to their taste and tossed especially for them.”

The menu features cranberry, almond chicken salad on ciabatta, Thai chicken wrap and sesame Asian quinoa, among other fresh and organic items.

Banana’s sells fruit smoothies and frozen yogurt, and South Philly Steak & Fries specializes in traditional cheesesteak sandwiches, wings and hand-cut fries.

Winterburn said he and a business partner also hold the franchise for the Asian fast-food restaurant slot, which will either be filled by Tobu, a teriyaki grill concept, or Asian Chow, which features fried rice, lo mein, and bourbon chicken.

Eclipse Building Corp., a south Florida-based general contractor that specializes in retail and restaurants, began construction earlier this week on the three food locations that comprise 40 percent of the food court’s square footage. Todd Whalen, founder and president of Eclipse, said the projects should be completed by Oct. 5.

“We own, operate and manage restaurants. We also have a sister company who owns and sells food service equipment,” Whalen said. “With the two companies combined, there’s not a single aspect of the restaurant industry we’re not intimately familiar with.”

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