Seminole Heights’ King of the Coop is expanding into an Ybor City dining and beer garden

The location is a partnership with Cigar City Cider and Mead.


Another week, another new location for Seminole Heights’ hot chicken heavyweight King of the Coop.

On Tuesday morning Tampa Bay Business Journal wrote that Coop owner Joe Dodd is teaming up with another spicy boi, Cigar City Brewing’s Joey Redner, to open a dining garden behind Ybor City’s Cigar City Cider Mead.

Two weeks ago, Dodd told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that his Nashville hot chicken concept was opening its third location in Westchase.

In a text message, Dodd told CL that the idea started when he and Redner started talking about King of the Coop being a food truck for Rock Brothers Brewing, where Redner is a partner. While the plan for the new joint venture involves bringing a food truck to the courtyard behind 1812 N 15th St., Dodd wants to be clear that King of the Coop is not illegally parking a food truck behind Cigar City Cider and Mead.

“With food truck limitations within Ybor, we needed to make other plans,” Dodd said, adding that the meadery was the best fit because it already had a kitchen. “We know we have some hurdles to go through but really this is a partnership that utilizes a space as an extension of their kitchen.”

Redner told TBBJ that the new space just needs pavers, seating, trees and shade—plus approval of city permits. He hopes it can be open in three to six months.

“I've said this before and it's true—we are NOT trying to take from businesses already operating in Ybor,” Dodd said. “We are just trying to add to what these businesses have already accomplished and we will be proud to be part of the Ybor family. We are also very excited about our partnership with the Rock Brothers Group as well as Joey Redner Jr.”

The courtyard behind Cigar City and Mead has hosted events in the past, including the all-too-short-lived Plan B Music Festival. When the new beer and dining garden opens it will add to the reinvention of that former Gaybor section of this historic district, which is now home to Rock Brothers, the Barterhouse, and forthcoming Sky Puppy Brewing near the old New World Brewery site.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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