After 10 years, Ybor City's Buffalo Wild Wings is now closed

The building’s owner told CL that her tenant intends to put a new bar in the space.

click to enlarge After 10 years, Ybor City's Buffalo Wild Wings is now closed
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The only Buffalo Wild Wings in Tampa where you have to pay to park is now closed.

The Ybor City B-Dubs location, located at 1625 E. 7th Ave, is no longer in business, and the sign has also been removed from the historic building.

The location has been erased from company's website, and the Google business page now says "permanently closed. Phone calls to the restaurant from Creative Loafing Tampa Bay also went unanswered.

It's unclear exactly why the Ybor BW3 shuttered.  The spot was originally opened by its previous owners, Diversified Restaurant Holdings, in 2012 with a 10 year lease. At the time, the company boasted that the new restaurant would be one of the largest ever for the franchise, with a 235-seat capacity.

In 2018, the chicken wing chain was sold to Arby's for nearly $3 billion.

The building’s owner told CL that her tenant—which owns nearby Showbar dueling Piano bar and Tangra—intends to put a new bar in the space.

City of Tampa records show that the bar will be called “Southern Belle.” Chris Lenahan, who owns Showbar and Tangra, told CL that ownership is not yet ready to talk about the concept.

With the death of the Ybor B-Dubs, Tampa residents will now have to trek over the bridge, or to either the Brandon, South Tampa or Oldsmar locations to stack up those Blazin' Rewards. 


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...

Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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