New downtown Tampa nightclub Eden opening in former Franklin Manor spot

Though the owners won’t tell us when.

click to enlarge A photo of construction at Eden in Tampa, Florida in December 2020. - RAY ROA
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A photo of construction at Eden in Tampa, Florida in December 2020.

Asad Yusupov and Kevin Stowe of the Phoenix Hospitality Group, owners of the new Aisian-fusion Haiku restaurant, are keeping busy with the new upscale nightclub Eden which looks like it’s opening soon at the spot once occupied by disgraced Tampa nightclub Franklin Manor.

Though the owners would not confirm an opening date to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, the club’s social media pages are full of pictures that would make one assume that they place is pretty close. There’s pics of a rainbow assortment of signature cocktails including the “Holy Water” made of Bacardi, lime juice, coconut, mint and blue curacao.

The downtown club has got a VIP Mercedes party bus ready to go—stripper pole and all—which boasts transportation to the club. VIP’s also get their own all-female staff aka the “Eves of Eden” who could easily make up the cast of the next Bachelor. (Read: very pretty but not very diverse.)

Located at the site of the now closed Franklin Manor, 912 N. Franklin St., a rep once again confirmed to CL that neither Eden or Haiku have any connection to the problematic Nocturnal Hospitality Group.

"[Haiku] was bought by new owners: Asad Yusupov and Kevin Stowe, Phoenix Hospitality Group," the rep wrote in an email. "They’re also the new owners of Eden (formerly Franklin Manor) that will be opening at the end of March."

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