Reservations to close later this month

Dear Reservations Customers,

We are writing to let you know that we will be closing our doors at the end of November. After six years of being in business, it is with heavy hearts but excitement for our future adventures that we write this to you. We just want to thank each and every one of you who has ever walked through our front door for your love and support and patronage.

We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you and your families and friends through the years. We have seen families grow bigger with new babies welcomed (including ours!) and we have felt the losses of beautiful customers and friends as well. The circle of life has certainly revolved here at Reservations and we thank you so much for letting us into your lives and hearts and palates!

For anyone who has ever written a social media review, contacted a news station, plugged us to your co-workers, colleagues, bosses, friends, neighbors and families, we thank you. You have been the heart and soul of our business.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for a wonderful six years and appreciate all of your support.

With love and gratitude, farewell,

Elke, Anthony and Vera

Seminole Heights warehouse to get loft-style apartments

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The Warehouse Lofts, on the corner of Florida and Cayuga avenues, will include a zen garden.

A Seminole Heights house flipper is moving into multifamily real estate.

Wesley Burdette, a partner in Access Capital Mortgages, is planning to redevelop an old warehouse at 4375 Florida Ave. into 46 apartments, ranging in size from 475 to 1,224 square feet.

The Warehouse Lofts is slated to cost $5.5 million to $6 million and will begin construction in January. Burdette is the equity investor, putting down $1.5 million, and has secured a construction loan from Sunshine State Federal for the remainder of the costs.

Smaller projects like the Warehouse Lofts can help create the type of urban density that most neighborhoods in Tampa lack. It’s typically entrepreneurial developers like Burdette, whose day job is in mortgage banking, who pursue them.

That’s because those projects are usually more challenging and less profitable than the large-scale multifamily projects that attract institutional investors.


Police seeking robbery suspect

Tampa, Florida — Tampa Police say two men robbed the Family Dollar Store at 5100 North Florida Avenue in Tampa, which led to the lockdown of three nearby schools.

Police say one of the men was wearing a Halloween mask and the other was wearing a wig. Tampa Police arrived in the area and spotted the two suspects, who escaped on foot.
Tampa Police set up a perimeter, and three schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution: Hillsborough High School, Memorial Middle School and Seminole Heights Elementary.
The lockdown for all three schools was lifted shortly before 11 a.m.
One of the suspects was caught a short time after the robbery, but the second suspect is not in custody at this time. Officers also reportedly found a bag in the neighborhood, containing the Halloween outfits and an air pistol.

SSHCA Board Elections tomorrow, 10/14

**REMINDER: SSHCA Board Elections tomorrow, 10/14 – 7pm at the SH Library**

I know there is a lot of passion for our community in this group. This is your chance to take two very easy, but very crucial steps towards helping to make your community be the best it can be…
Step 1 – Join your Civic Association, or renew your membership for 2015
Step 2 – Vote for your SSHCA leadership
Yes, being part of the solution can be THAT simple!

Hope to see you at tomorrow evening’s General Meeting and Election!
South Seminole Heights Civic Association

***SSHCA 2014 Board of Directors Election***

SSHCA Members–you should have received your 2014 Election Ballot in the mail in the last few days.

To cast your vote for your SSHCA Board of Directors, please fill out your ballot and mail it in with your membership renewal form and dues, or attend the October General Meeting (10/14, 7pm @ Seminole Heights Library).

If you are an active member and you did not receive a ballot, please email to request one.

Police are seeking help with burglary

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Needs Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect

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On September 17, 2014 at approx. 1:34pm, an unknown suspect entered the property located at 201 W. North St., Tampa and removed the screen to the office window. After opening the window the audible alarm sounded at which time the suspect fled southbound. Prior to opening the window the suspect sat in a chair on the front porch and put on gloves.

The suspect is described as: black male, 18-25 years old, approx. 160-175 pounds and was wearing a white t-shirt, black undershirt, white or tan cargo shorts and black shoes. The suspect was also wearing a black baseball cap that had a reflective sticker and a black backpack.

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Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect in this case. Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at, text CSTB plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new Tipsubmit Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Message & Data Rates May Apply.)

Couple Shot on East North Bay

Police are investigating shooting at 904 East North Bay Street. Around 8:30 yesterday evening, police found a man and woman shot inside the apartment. Both victims were taken to Tampa General Hospital. Police or hospital have not said their condition.

Becky Rubright to challenge Mayor Buckhorn

Saying “somebody had to,” politicial activist Becky Rubright has filed papers to challenge Mayor Bob Buckhorn next spring.

“I’m mostly doing it because I don’t believe anybody should be running unopposed,” Rubright said Monday. “It’s a travesty to the democratic process and undermines the whole system.”

While acknowledging that Buckhorn has a high approval rating, she said, “he’s a little more pro-business, and we need a little more focus on the people who actually live here.”

Rubright, 41, grew up in Washington, D.C., an experience that she said lent itself to her becoming disillusioned with politics at an early age.

Read full article here

Rooster & The Till to double in size

Rooster & The Till, one of Tampa’s newest restaurants opening just nine months ago, will soon double the size of its petite Seminole Heights location..

“This is a chance to step everything up,” said Chef Ferrell Alvarez, a co-owner in the restaurant with Ty Rodriguez. “To expand like this so quickly after opening is flattering and exciting … When we opened here, people thought we were on the borderline and said we were crazy. Now all the sudden we did it and there are new places popping up all over.”

The restaurant opened at the corner of North Florida Avenue and Lambright Street in a space that holds about 40 seats. The restaurant kitchen is packed into a small space behind the bar, with just one convection oven, three induction burners and a sous vide cooker.

A large part of the restaurant’s ethos is sitting at the bar to watch cooks create the food — an approach that often creates a crowd that’s a mix of local Seminole Heights residents and South Tampa foodies venturing up into the neighborhood for an exotic meal.

The Rooster’s owners have already signed a lease for the next-door space that once held the Figure 8 Art Supplies store, which relocated to another spot in the neighborhood.

Click here to read full story by Richard Mullins in the Tampa Tribune.

Recycled Yard Art contest

2014 Recycled Yard Art Contest, Hillsborough County Fair:
Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26, 2014, and Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

The UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Fair, is sponsoring the annual Recycled Yard Art Contest to be held at the Hillsborough County Fair. This event is open to all County residents and all age groups. Entries must be created mostly with recycled or recyclable materials and should be able to withstand outdoor elements.

For more information, please see: Also for contest rules, entry forms and additional information, contact Lisa Meredith at 744-5519 x 54146 or

If you don’t enter this contest, you can’t win the prize basket!

Bourgeois Pig opens soon in Seminole Heights

From Kathy Steele – 83 Degrees
Click here to read full story.

Seminole Heights is adding yet another restaurant to its cornucopia of dining choices. But The Bourgeois Pig will be a stand-out on North Nebraska Avenue.

Owners Lysa and Mike Bozel are settling into a converted bungalow well north of Hillsborough Avenue on a stretch of Nebraska dotted with motels, tire shops and pawn shops. Though Seminole Heights has been transformed in recent years into a destination place, new shops and especially its restaurants largely have populated Nebraska and Florida Avenue, south of Hillsborough.

Think Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Reservations Gourmet to Go, The Refinery, Cappy’s Pizza and Independent. The Rooster and the Till is a rarity with a north of Hillsborough spot on Florida along with long-time restaurants, Front Porch Grille. and Rincon Catracho. The Mermaid Tavern is just south of Sligh Avenue. And the Refinery’s owners, Michelle and Greg Baker, are building a new, north-of-Hillsborough restaurant — Fodder & Shine — on Florida.