Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is planned for Tampa

PUNTA GORDA — Harpoon Harry’s is expanding, setting sail for Tampa.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Thursday Smuggler’s Enterprises was awarded a contract for retail space at Tampa Bay Convention Center. The Punta Gorda-based Smuggler’s Enterprises will open its second Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in six to eight months, the city said in a press release.

It’s thought Harpoon Harry’s Crab House will bolster downtown economic development, which has been spurred by the revitalization of Water Street Tampa, a $3 billion mixed-use district, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

Smuggler’s Enterprises — which also owns Captain’s Table, Laishley Crab House, Muscle Car City Diner, Smuggler’s Culinary Catering and Harpoon Harry’s — is investing $3.6 million to transforma10,000-square-footstoragespace into a “family-friendly themed restaurant,” the city reported.

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a mountain town and mecca for tourists not far from Smoky Mountain National Park, about two years ago. Smuggler’s Enterprises President/ CEO Ron Evans is from Tennessee.

Initial designs of the restaurant indicate it will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines and an open-air concept gained through roll-up doors along Franklin Street, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal. Similar to the original Crab House, a sushi bar, main bar and another themed as a 1920s truck are set to be included.

“We look forward to having Harpoon Harry’s Crab House at the Tampa Convention Center as another option,” Buckhorn said in a statement, “in a growing number of restaurants downtown, for both our convention goers, vacationers and Tampa residents alike.

As Tampa’s downtown becomes a destination that visitors across the globe are flocking to, its high-volume, moderately priced restaurants like these that will keep families returning to the urban core.”

Tampa Bay History Center was the previous tenant of Harpoon Harry’s latest location.

Smuggler’s Enterprises did not respond to attempts seeking comment.

Source:  Port Charlotte Sun
By Jonathan Scholles, Staff Writer

Harpoon Harry’s to Open in 10,000 SF Space at Tampa Convention Center

It’s a really good time to be a foodie in the city of Tampa. Following the announcement that Four Green Fields won the bid to open at Curtis Hixon Park, city officials revealed that Harpoon Harry’s will open at the Tampa Convention Center within the next 8 months.

The restaurant plans to invest $3.6 million to convert a 10,000 SF storage space into a family friendly themed restaurant.

Smuggler’s Enterprise has several well respected, family friendly, concepts across the Southeast that offer a wide variety of options for everyone.

– Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Harpoon Harry’s concept is a world class facility based on their successful Crab House restaurant, which functions as a high energy, food, beverage, retail and entertainment operation. It will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines. It will be an open air concept through the incorporation of roll up doors along Franklin Street. It will include a sushi bar, stylized bar area themed around a 1926 truck, as well as a main bar.

You can learn more about Harpoon Harry’s by visiting them on Facebook and on their Website. The restaurant has been named the Best Waterfront Restaurant, Best Open Air Restaurant and Best Place to Have a Beer by Sun Herald Readers.

Harry’s is famous for its laid back atmosphere, light fare, signature souvenir shop and family-friendly events.

Source: http://thatssotampa.com/harpoon-harrys-open-10000-sf-space-tampa-convention-center/

City of Tampa Announces Winning Bid for Convention Center Retail Space

Mayor Buckhorn announced today that Smuggler’s Enterprises Inc., with their Harpoon Harry’s Crab House concept, was awarded the contract from the Request for Proposal for the convention center retail space that was released in May.

“Smuggler’s Enterprise has several well respected, family friendly, concepts across the Southeast that offer a wide variety of options for everyone,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We look forward to having Harpoon Harry’s Crab House at the Tampa Convention Center as another option, in a growing number of restaurants downtown, for both our convention goers, vacationers, and Tampa residents alike. As Tampa’s downtown becomes a destination that visitors across the globe are flocking to, it’s high-volume, moderately priced restaurants like these that will keep families returning to the urban core.”

The restaurant concept is a “premiere, world class facility” based on the Harpoon Harry’s Crab House Concept which is a successful high energy, food, beverage, retail and entertainment operation. It will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines and open air concept through the incorporation of roll up doors along Franklin Street. It will include a sushi bar, stylized bar area themed around a 1926 truck, as well as a main bar.

They are investing $3.6 million to convert a 10,000 square foot storage space into a family friendly themed restaurant. They intend open in 6 to 8 months.

For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262
Ashley.Bauman@tampagov.net

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House coming to Tampa Convention Center space

The Tampa Convention Center awarded Smuggler’s Enterprises Inc., with its Harpoon Harry’s Crab House concept, the contract for the Tampa Bay Convention Center retail space.

The Punta Gorda company is investing $3.6 million to convert a 10,000-square-foot storage space into a family friendly restaurant that will open in six to eight months.

The city issued a request for proposals for the space in May. The restaurant in the convention center complements the city’s downtown growth as Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik continues work with Cascade Investment on Water Street Tampa, a $3 billion mixed-use district.

Residential expansion is also expected downtown across the Hillsborough River at the former Tampa Tribune site as well as in nearby Tampa Heights and Harbour Island.

Smuggler’s “has several well respected, family friendly, concepts across the Southeast that offer a wide variety of options for everyone,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement.

Buckhorn called Harpoon Harry’s Crab House “another option, in a growing number of restaurants downtown, for both our convention goers, vacationers, and Tampa residents alike. As Tampa’s downtown becomes a destination that visitors across the globe are flocking to, it’s high-volume, moderately priced restaurants like these that will keep families returning to the urban core.”

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House restaurant will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines and open air concept through the use of roll up doors along Franklin Street. It will include a sushi bar, stylized bar area themed around a 1926 truck, as well as a main bar.

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Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal