South Tampaâs St. Bartâs and Chateau Prive closed down on July 13. The restaurant was formerly owned by Cevicheâs Gordon Davis, but was taken over in 2005 by Ocala businessman Phillip Glassman, who had plans to turn the restaurant and adjoining building into an exclusive private club. With membership fees quoted at $5,000 per year, the price always seemed a little steep to residents, and the club turned out to be a tough sell.
Although the closure isnât a surprise to many SoHo natives, it was abrupt. âThey came in the middle of the night and cleaned the place out,â said Davis, who maintained ownership of the building. âFixtures removed from the walls and everything. Itâs crummy. Nasty. Weâre in our second day of clean-up.â
Davis doesnât have immediate plans for the 11,000-square-foot property. âI donât think Iâm going to re-open St. Barts,â he said, adding that he has met with his partners to bounce around ideas. âWeâve always wanted a larger Ceviche.â
Davis and his fellow Ceviche owners have their tapas plates in a lot of fires, with a huge remodel of an historic building in Sarasota and a newly announced space in Orlandoâs Church Street Station scheduled to open as soon as October. âItâll be the largest tapas bar in the country,â he said, âover 20,000 square feet.â