Water Street Tampa is adding four new dining and beverage spots to the massive downtown project.
This afternoon, Strategic Property Partners announced that a new craft beer and Ohio-style pizza spot called Small Giant Bar & Restaurant, from Cru Hospitality Group, will open in the street-level retail space at the Cora luxury apartment tower.
A new wine and liquor store called Wine on Water is also planned for Cora, and will include over 500 selections of booze, as well as an outdoor garden that can be rented for private events.
Meanwhile, The Pearl, a tavern and oyster room from Ocean Prime’s Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, will debut next to the Publix GreenWise Market at the development’s other luxury tower, The Heron.
Over at Sparkman Wharf, which is also owned by Strategic Property Partners, the chocolate and dessert shop The Hamptons will open its flagship store in one of the standalone (non-shipping container) spaces.
As of now, there’s no estimated opening date for The Pearl, but Hampton Chocolate Factory is expected to open this December, and Small Giant and Wine on the Water are planned for a Spring 2022 debut.
The new additions join a growing list of roughly 11 other recently signed concepts in Water Street, including Shortwave Coffee, Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, Fit Bowl Co. Superfood Bar, Murph’s BBQ, Noble Rice, BurgerFi, The Battery, Naked Farmer, and 3 Corners.
Strategic Property Partners is actually a joint venture between Bill Gates’ Cascade Investments and Tampa Bay Lightning owner/Tampa Bay Times investor Jeff Vinik. Despite being located in one of Tampa’s most affluent zip codes (and directly next to Vinik’s hockey arena), in 2019 it was revealed that the Water Street development took advantage of a Trump-era Opportunity Zone tax break, which was actually meant to help spur growth in poor neighborhoods, but instead were grossly abused by billionaires, according to ProPublica.
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