February 8, 2009
Winthrop Buzzes With New Business
Winthrop Town Center in Riverview at the corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Providence Rd. is flourishing with new businesses opening in the small town-centered plaza. And with homes under construction in the surrounding area, a community Advantage Center planned nearby and a few more spots to fill, Winthrop is becoming a community destination. With boutiques including Bellafia Chocolate Boutique, Downtown Divas fine gift shop and Happy Paws and Tails, salons including First Choice Hair Cutters and an Asonipse Aveda Salon, banks, a newspaper office, Starbucks, Publix, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Shane’s Rib Shack, there is reason to go to Winthrop anytime.
Acropolis Greek Taverna
Acropolis Greek Taverna, with two other locations in Ybor City at 1833 E. 7th Ave. and North Tampa at 14947 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., will open soon in the spot that used to house Mojitos.
The Greek restaurant will open on Sunday, February 15.
The bar and grill will offer such Greek appetizers such as Hummus, Tzatziki, an appetizer platter, calamari and octopus. Salads will include a roasted vegetable salad, buffalo chicken salad and the Acropolis salad, which is a Greek salad with lamb gyro meat and warm pitas with tzatziki sauce.
The Acropolis restaurants feature unique items, specific to location. They differ slightly and not all items will be available at all locations.
For more information, call 971-1787 or visit www.acropolistaverna.com.
Green Iguana Bar & Grill recently opened back in early December. It replaces M.J. Barleyhoppers. Manager Mike Finnegan said that management brought Green Iguana to the area because “it’s a great location and there was nothing like this in the area.” Finnegan is a Clearwater resident, but says that most of the staff consists of local residents.
Green Iguana, located at 6264 Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview, is open from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. every day with happy hour from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is all day every other day. Their 2-4-1 happy hour includes well drinks, house wines and Budweiser products.
For more information, call 643-7800 or visit www.greeniguana.com.
Cuenelli’s Peruvian-style-rotisserie chicken recently opened in the Winthrop Town Centre. Offering flavorful roasted chicken and Peruvian specialities, including Cilantro rice, black beans, flan and an excellent family value of a whole chicken and three large sides for $17.99. There is plenty of food for four adults with leftovers, creating excellent flavors and homemade sauces. It is located at 6260 Winthrop Town Centre Ave. Call (813) 681-9993.
BikeWorks recently made the move from Kings and Bloomingdale avenues to the Winthrop Towne Center in early November. It had been in that location for 17 years, but has been in business for a total of 23 years.
“Cap” Pooler, owner of BikeWorks, said he did not make the more for more space; the new location is actually smaller, 3,600 sq. ft. from the old store, which was 4,000 sq. ft., but for a better location. Also, the new space is two stories, and the second can be used for storage. With the tall ceilings in the new location, Pooler can now rack the bikes as well and present a more marketable look, he said.
BikeWorks sells bikes, accessories and services bicycles. Pooler said it also builds custom bikes and does bike fittings.
Custom and road bikes that BikeWorks carries include Pinarello, Trek, Colnago, Orbea, Issac, Carrera and DeRosa.
BikeWorks is located at 6046 Winthrop Town Centre Ave., behind Starbucks, and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed on Sunday for product testing. Call 661-RIDE (7433) or visit www.bikeworks-brandon.com.