Reservations is Seminole Heights new Foodie option

We are excited to announce the next chapter for Reservations. We are proud to introduce Master Chef, Mr. Hisashi Shimazaki (Shima) and Executive Chef, Mr. Philip Hutchison (Phil) as the new operating partners. The new addition of these top Chefs will bring another outstanding dining option to Seminole Heights. With extended hours, new dishes and tons of plans, the restaurant has begun a major transformation to the dining scene in Seminole Heights.

In recent years, Seminole Heights has grown to become the “foodie destination” among Tampa Enthusiast. At the onset of growth, Reservations was one of the first pioneers investing in Seminole Heights. From the beginning Reservations was one of the first to showcase from “Farm to table” options. With fresh grown vegetable, local meats, produce and home grown herbs, Reservations set the stage for culinary excellence.

The new transformation to a full-service, sit down restaurant provides more choices in Seminole Heights. In addition to the popular menu items currently provided, the two new chefs bring many years of experience, awards and specialties. Shima is a Master Sushi Chef and skilled in Asian and world cuisine. He is a James Beard 4.0 star nominee with over 30 years experience. Phil is an amazing chef excelling in seafood, vegetarian and classic dishes. He trained staff while working under Michael Pslakis and ran the kitchen at The Viceroy in Miami at their 5 star restaurant.

The Bourgeois Pig Opens This Friday, December 19th at 5pm

Lysa and Michael Bozel have developed The Bourgeois Pig restaurant because it never occurred to them that they couldn’t.

“I’m a huge risk taker,” Lysa Bozel said, sitting in the nearly-completed interior of their house-turned-eatery on Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights, two miles north of the district’s trendy, if small, restaurant row. The stretch, between Sligh Avenue and Bird Street, is crowded with used car lots, small motels and light industrial businesses, but that doesn’t deter the Bozels. The nearby residential streets, brimming with bungalows, are starting to fill up with progressive couples and families, themselves included.

“I think we’re filling a need in this neighborhood,” Lysa said, “a place that’s a little more upscale.”

The Bozels met in Southern California as teenagers. Lysa, 51, proudly admits she could never quite shake Michael, 54. Thirty-three years later, they were reunited and soon married. Lysa relocated to Tampa from Los Angeles, having run a successful spa. Michael was a project manager for a glass company.

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Fodder and Shine opens at 4pm this Friday!

Y’all been wonderin’ what this “cracker cuisine” is about?

Foodies can find out when Fodder & Shine, the new concept from the owners of The Refinery, opens at 4 p.m. Friday. The new place is at 5910 North Florida Ave. in an 8,500-square-foot former industrial building, a half mile north of The Refinery.

Greg Baker, a four-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, and his wife/business partner, Michelle, conceived the ambitious concept and have spent months developing it, researching Florida’s food history, and sourcing ingredients locally and around the state.

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Seminole Heights to get Wine Store

Seminole Heights is getting a wine store – Spring 2015… that is if the alcohol beverage request next Thursday 12/18 is approved. Please take a minute to contact Tampa city council at to show your support. Please reference case AB2-14-37


Dear Reservations’ Customer,

The past few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for us at Reservations. Most importantly, your loyal support and positive energy you have shown us makes it clear that we would not be here without you. A most sincere thank you.

On the very day of our 6-year anniversary, we are excited to announce the next chapter for Reservations. We are proud to introduce Master Chef, Mr. Hisashi Shimazaki (Shima) and Executive Chef, Mr. Philip Hutchison (Phil) as the new operating partners. These fine men will make it possible for Reservations to become all that we had hoped. I will remain on as consultant and will work with these gentlemen to bring you new and exciting events and cuisine, in addition to the dishes you have already come to love. Mia, Angela, Christen, Brent and Rodney will keep the dining room running smoothly. Elke will continue to be my rock, partner and mother to our darling daughter Vera and to our second baby that is on the way!!

With our family growing and our business evolving, we have decided that we wish to be closer to Vera’s only grandmother, Elke’s mom, who lives in Asheville, North Carolina. I will continue working with Shima and Phil, helping with recipes, events and projects moving forward. Asheville is a short plane ride away and I will stay connected with you.

We will count on your continued support for Shima and Phil. Please know they will bring you their very best. Join us for lunch this week and/or dinner on Friday and Saturday nights so we can introduce you to them. Shima is a Master Sushi Chef and skilled in Asian and world cuisine. He is a James Beard 4.0 star nominee with over 30 years experience. Phil is an amazing chef excelling in seafood, vegetarian and classic dishes. He trained staff while working under Michael Pslakis and ran the kitchen at The Viceroy in Miami at their 5 star restaurant. They both (like myself) are mainly interested in making food as delicious as possible.

Elke and I cannot thank you enough for your support and love. You have been the heart and soul of our daily lives and we have created friendships that will last our lifetimes. We know you will show Shima and Phil your continued support and embrace and welcome them into our amazing, diverse, cultural and beloved Seminole Heights. Even though we may not be right down the street anymore, I will still be involved and look forward to what the future will hold for Reservations.

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.)