Seminole Hard Rock Tampa expansion includes new Pool Grille, fine-dining Italian restaurant

There aren't many details at the moment, but here's what CL knows.

click to enlarge Seminole Hard Rock Tampa expects the pool and deck area to become a hotspot once it's expanded. - Courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa expects the pool and deck area to become a hotspot once it's expanded.

A fine-dining Italian restaurant is in the works for Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, as is the Pool Grille restaurant and bar. The new additions are among the updated culinary amenities coming to the casino, which has begun an almost $700 million expansion scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

The 200-seat Italian restaurant expects to open next fall as the property’s third upscale eatery, joining Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. Its name hasn’t been announced, but stick with CL for updates.

As for the Pool Grille, the bar and restaurant is going inside the new 15-story hotel tower, the centerpiece of the expansion project that features an additional 564 rooms and suites. What’s more, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa guests will have access to three lavish outdoor swimming pools not far from the Pool Grille.

The casino hasn’t forgotten about its existing food and drink offerings, either. Hard Rock Cafe, Fresh Harvest, Plum VIP Lounge and the food court are also set to undergo renovations, while a redesign and relocation is planned for Rise Kitchen & Bakery.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s expansion is part of the $2.4 billion economic investment that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has put into its two flagship casino complexes throughout the state (the other property undergoing simultaneous changes is located in Hollywood).

“Major expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is further evidence of the Seminole Tribe’s commitment to the people of Florida that it will continue to increase the economic impact of its Seminole Gaming facilities,” said Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen in a statement.

Joe Lupo, president of Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, added: “Our team members are the backbone of our operation, and we value their attention to detail and focus on guest care. In addition to enhancing our guest experience and offering a premiere resort entertainment destination, this expansion will offer more growth opportunities for our team members.”

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