What Do You Wish Were Here?

Tell us what you'd like to see at this recently vacated location.

Recently, Seminole Heights lost one of the restaurants that lined the Florida Avenue corridor when Ole Man Bar-B-Q and Soul Food closed up and now the building at 6203 North Florida Avenue sits empty.

The building, built in 1923, is zoned for retail use and boasts 1,879 square feet of floor space. The property is owned by Manuel Avila of Port Richey, but what his plans are for the future of the building remains to be seen.

So, we want to know: What do you wish were here? Maybe you'd like to see a Chinese take out place or a new dry cleaner move into the neighborhood. Tell us in the comments section below.

Rich Guagliardo September 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'm going to keep saying an Indonesian restaurant until everyone gets sick and tired of hearing it and someone finally opens one! LOL!
Heike Doiron September 22, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Trader Joes grocery! Perhaps a clothing boutique that features a collaboration of local designers (Co-op). Retail yoga clothing. Retail kitchen ware & host cooking classes. or a Wine Shop with wine tastings!
Sharlene Lindsey September 22, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Isn't McNatt's main dryclearners directly across the street? Why would you even suggest another drycleaner? Pay attention!!
phyllis September 22, 2012 at 08:52 PM
A gym with exercise classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and Jazzercise with availability at multiple times for convenience.
Pamela Meeks September 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Local produce, flowers, wines and cheeses....maybe tap into the organic vibe that's already happening in the area. I don't think there's enough parking for a restaurant....the City usually has some strict zoning rules about that, at least they used to.
Heidi B September 23, 2012 at 02:13 PM
A great grocery store that carries bulk dry goods, organic/local/flavorful veggies. Trader Joe's might do, but a grocery co-op would be even better. A walkable "district" for all these great restaurants that we DO have. A tappas restaurant. A coffeeshop with lots of space to work in, music in the evenings, community events I second phyllis's vote for a good gym, and Heike's for a kitchen shop with cooking classes. Boy, I don't ask for much, do I?
Lisa Carlson September 25, 2012 at 03:40 AM
A cheap but good spanish food take out
Jennifer Garmeson September 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM
At 1900 sq feet, I don't think that building will hold anything resembling a Trader Joe's or any other kind of grocery store. Parking will always be an issue as well at that location. A good take-out oriented restaurant might work, but personally I like the coffee shop idea better, as well as the idea of a small specialty kitchen store with occasional cooking classes. I just don't know how a business like that will be able to get past the lack of parking.
Jennifer Logan-Porter September 25, 2012 at 03:25 PM
"Isn't McNatt's main dryclearners directly across the street? Why would you even suggest another drycleaner? Pay attention!!". Thank you Sharlene, as it is obvious that they didn't realize there was a Chinese takeout place across the street off of Hanna and Florida as well. It's a tricky situation as the parking isn't all that great. Perhaps they can put in a "day spa" which would offer manicures, pedicures, facials, etc. In other words, services that won't chew up the limited parking and the appointments can be set up such that it's a steady flow of customers. Either that or a deli which specializes in imported meats, cheeses and wines?
MDB September 25, 2012 at 08:46 PM
really.....wake up....your supposed to be a voice of seminole heights.
MDB September 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
a gym would be interesting but i think parking would be a problem.
MDB September 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
fedex style place....
Susan Stanley September 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I would love to see another "A Taste Of Sofia's" on this side of town. I live in OSH and driving to all the way down Hillsborough past Armwood High to enjoy a healthy - nutritious slow cooked meal is quite a drive. It would be nice if we could have one near home for all of us who eat more nutritiously (less fast food).
Andrew September 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Boutique grocery with wine, good beer selection, deli (with sandwiches/salads) and maybe a nice, walk-in humidor in the corner. Hey, a feller can dream, right?
Rich Guagliardo September 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
That's actually a really good idea.
MDB September 28, 2012 at 06:11 AM
24 hour vet....closest one is on Busch...maybe 5 miles west of Florida. It could really help in an emergency.
Ralph Barbon September 30, 2012 at 07:02 PM
What Seminole Heights needs there is either a good Cuban Restaurant or a Frozen Yogurt Shop like Yogurtology or Yogurt Mountain. Either one would dominate in this area. The owner needs to tear down either the fence or the entire property he owns next door so that the property will have enough parking. In retail and dating it's all about the parking.


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