This old West Tampa cigar factory is turning into a winery, market and pizza parlor

Wine Stream is moving into the Y. Pendas y Alvarez Cigar Factory.

click to enlarge Ted Boscaino and family signed a lease-to-own agreement for the building and will put $3 million dollars into renovations. - GOOGLE MAPS
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Ted Boscaino and family signed a lease-to-own agreement for the building and will put $3 million dollars into renovations.

The Y. Pendas y Alvarez Cigar Factory in Old West Tampa, at 2301 N Albany Ave., will soon be the new home to distribution company, Wine Stream, complete with a tasting room, Italian food market and pizza parlor, Paul Guzzo reports.

Wine Stream, currently located in Drew Park, is a family-owned business that imports wine from Italy, kegs it, then sells it to Florida restaurants—if you’ve seen wine on tap at your favorite spot it’s probably supplied by them. It also rents wine kegs for events, providing a “a very elegant and cost effective option to your big and small event.”

Ted Boscaino and family signed a lease-to-own agreement for the building and will put $3 million dollars into renovations. According to Tampa's Accela Citizen Access site, the major renovations are happening on the first floor of the historic building, the second and third floor will remain “shell spaces.” The basement will store the kegs, which can age, literally, forever. 

The warehouse, bar, and restaurant part of the project are expected to open in January—but there’s no estimate on the food market and eventual offices and event space to come on the higher floors.

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