Health-forward Vietnamese restaurant Bamboozle coming to Seminole Heights

“Although the thought of leaving downtown has been difficult, I have found a lot of joy in reminiscing about the relationships we have fostered over the years,” owner Lynn Pham says.

click to enlarge Health-forward Vietnamese restaurant Bamboozle coming to Seminole Heights
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Patrons of the Vietnamese restaurant Bamboozle will no longer struggle to find parking on the crowded streets of downtown Tampa.

After 14 years at its flagship restaurant at 516 N Tampa St.— adjacent to downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park— health-forward eatery Bamboozle will move to its new location in Seminole Heights.

In a recent social media post, Bamboozle owner Lynn Pham previewed her new location, stating “I am grateful for the opportunity to bring Bamboozle to the neighborhood I have lived in for over a decade. However, sharing this news is somewhat bitter-sweet for me.”

She goes on to explain that her restaurant’s original downtown location will be replaced with “new development”, and while she’s “excited about where our city is heading, the thought of leaving the place where it all began weighs heavy on my heart.”

There is no specific timeline mentioned in the post, and it is unsure when Bamboozle will make the eventual move to its new home in Seminole Heights. Pham says that she will make the formal announcement soon.

Pham states on Facebook that the new Bamboozle is “located right next to Bo's Ice Cream,” at 7107 N. Florida.

In December 2021, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that the South Florida developers Kolter Group bought 4 parcels of land in downtown Tampa for $11.64 million—which includes the building that currently houses Bamboozle. Eventually, that prime block of downtown Tampa will be occupied by at least 200 brand new condos.

Other Bamboozle-adjacent businesses that were acquired by Kolter Group include Moxie's Cafe, downtown Tampa’s First Watch and the Dohring Building at 514 N Tampa St.

Bamboozles’s second Channelside location at 109 N 12th St. is still open for its regular hours, unaffected by the flagship location’s imminent move.

The health-focused Vietnamese restaurant is known for its vegetarian-friendly menu of fresh spring rolls, pho, brightly-colored salads and fresh smoothies. Popular rolls include the crispy duck roll with jicama, mango, roasted shallots, cilantro and citrus vinaigrette, as well as the tofu roll with cucumber, pickled daikon, cilantro and a shallot vinaigrette.

For the latest updates on Bamboozle’s eventual move, follow its Facebook at @BamboozleCafe and Instagram at @eatbamboozle.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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