Tampa's Tiny Tap has been sold, but don't freak out

New ownership, same dive bar.

click to enlarge Tampa's Tiny Tap has been sold, but don't freak out

It's official, The Tiny Tap Tavern is transitioning into new ownership. The dive bar has been a local hotspot for nearly 70 years, so when news of the sale was out, the internet was buzzing. 

When CL called to confirm, current owner Casey Powell was quick to correct the news. 

"Well, not officially closed yet until the end of the week." 

Powell has been the owner of Tiny Tap Tavern since taking over ownership from his father back in 2004. History runs deep at TTT, which originated as a gas station office in 1934, and began selling beer and wine in 1951. Powell's father took over the tavern in 1975 and it has been in the family ever since. 

Up until recently, that is. But because the tavern and the beloved Tappers who frequent the joint mean so much to Powell, he wasn't going to sell to just anyone. "I've had plenty of offers over the years, but most of them just wanted the property," he explains. 

Recently, when the latest offer came across the table from a local couple, Powell knew the Tiny Tap would be in good hands. "It'll be the same bar, it is not going to close, it is not going to change names or be torn down. They bought the Tiny Tap name because they love the Tiny Tap." 

To Powell's knowledge, there will be very little changes made, if any — even the staff will remain the same. The bar will run its regular hours through the transition, and Powell plans on sticking around to assist in any way he can to ensure it's a smooth switch-off. 

This past Saturday, one of the Tiny Tap bartenders curated a surprise retirement party for Powell. 

"The place was packed. She called me up at 10:30 at night and told me the bar ran out of change. When I opened the door, I was met with a cake and a whole bunch of people. It was definitely worth staying up past my bedtime," he said with a laugh. 

If you're a huge fan of the Tiny Tiny Tap, have no fear, the bar will basically be exactly the same and host thirsty Tappers who enjoy a few rounds of pool and don't mind tight spaces. 

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