New Seminole Hard Rock eatery reveals concept, opening date

Chef Marc Murphy is in on the Mediterranean-style grill debuting at the Seminole Hard Rock in fall.

click to enlarge Seminole Hard Rock's new resto will mirror Mediterranean seaside design. - TBD DESIGN
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Seminole Hard Rock's new resto will mirror Mediterranean seaside design.

The latest restaurant inside Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has not been named, but it's concept as a Mediterranean-influenced grill was announced Monday. Debuting in November, the new eatery — which celebrity chef Marc Murphy (you've likely seen him on the Food Network) is involved with — will offer 250 seats, 25 spots at the bar and 50 seats for private events.

Thomas Allen will act as general manager, while executive chef Chris Hine heads the kitchen. Hine is set to fashion Italian-inspired signatures that include wood-fired gulf shrimp spiedini with charred lemon and scallion, grilled spicy lamb and tzatziki flatbread, and kale salad with Marcona almonds and goat-milk feta.

Barrel- and bottle-aged cocktails, local craft beer and an international collection of wine focused on the Mediterranean region will also be on hand.

The seaside-style restaurant's main dining room will highlight a zinc-clad chef's counter at its center, featuring a working seafood display and wood-fired cooking equipment, as well as sand-colored concrete flooring with travertine terraces.

With TBD Design leading the project, the bright setting will showcase materials with warm, neutral colors. Textured white walls and a sun-bleached boardwalk that guides diners to the round zinc bar are planned, too.

Once open, the unnamed restaurant will operate 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday will be the bar's hours.

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