Gary and Amy Moran leave Wimauma

"You can't have two different drivers driving the same bus," Moran said Friday.

Moran says it was either buy out the partner in the business or walk away. Moran says she and Gary are looking into new spaces all over Tampa Bay and hope to open a new restaurant immediately.

"We hope to open something new really soon," Moran said. "The last time we opened a restaurant, we did it in ten days. We work quick."

She says they'd like to find something in Seminole Heights (but admits spaces are very limited there). The new restaurant, when they find it, will be "more chef-driven and not focused on one type of cuisine," says Moran. "Chef will have total freedom to do whatever he comes up with."

In the meantime, the Morans got to enjoy their first happy hour at Sidebern's Thursday.

"We're excited, this will be fun to do it again," she said. "One thing about us is we're never boring."

click to enlarge Chef Gary Moran and wife Amy Moran are on the hunt for a new restaurant space after parting ways with Wimauma. - Todd Bates
Todd Bates
Chef Gary Moran and wife Amy Moran are on the hunt for a new restaurant space after parting ways with Wimauma.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, Chef Gary and wife Amy Moran are no longer the owners of the Wimauma Restaurant in Tampa or the Winthrop Barn Theater in Riverview. Amy Moran says the parting of ways was amicable.

"We love all the partners involved," Moran said Friday. "But you can't have two different drivers driving the same bus."

Wimauma and the Winthrop Barn Theater will remain open; the Morans are simply stepping away from both projects. Moran's sous chefs are still on staff at Wimauma.

"We immediately had a sense of relief last night after we left," she said. "We've worked non-stop now for a year and a half."

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