Mita's Kitchen & The Lion's Den is moving into the former Cepha's space in Ybor

The doors are expected to open in December.

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click to enlarge Mita's Kitchen & The Lion's Den is moving into the former Cepha's space in Ybor

After nearly 40 years in service, Ybor City Jamaican restaurant Cephas Hot Shop is closing its doors at the end of November, and we already know who's moving into the location at 1701 E. 4th Ave.

The old Cephas is set to be the new home of Mita's Kitchen & The Lion's Den, which is currently located above Ybor City's Big Easy Bar at 1704 1/2 E. 7th Ave., the restaurant confirmed to CL in a Facebook message.  

The new location hopes to be moved in by December and that "this move is going to bring something new and exciting to Ybor." The company did not answer any of CL's questions about whether or not the current Mita's Kitchen & Lion's Den would be closing, or if the new location would continue the tradition of being a late-night hub that offers up cigars, handcrafted cocktails and servers up traditional Latin fare.

And if you're still shook about Cephas, don't worry: Cephas said that he plans to run a juice and aloe stand outside of the Tequila's courtyard on Seventh Avenue. 

Hours for Mita's Kitchen & The Lion's Den on Seventh Avenue are 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday, noon-3 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

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