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Ciccio's Lodge Closes Abruptly

The Tampa Palms eatery is no more, citing an inability to come to 'mutually favorable terms with our lease.'

A popular Tampa Palms eatery and watering hole has closed. 

Ciccio’s Lodge, which stood sentry at Tampa Palms Boulevard West, served up an eclectic bill of fare that included American bar food, California-style plates and Asian-infused dishes.

“Due to an inability to come to mutually favorable terms with our lease, we have been forced to close our doors,” the restaurant wrote Saturday on its Facebook page.

Many customers lamented the shuttering, which seemed abrupt.

“Just from the perspective of a musician, a great room to play. I will miss playing there for many reasons. Damn,” Bob Thompson wrote on Ciccio's Facebook page

Sean Baumann will miss the business, too.

“Please open another Tampa Palms location,” he added on the social networking site.

A call to ownership was not returned Tuesday. There are two other Ciccio’s locations: One in South Tampa on South Howard Avenue and one in St. Petersburg on 37th Avenue Northeast.

What do you think? Are you sorry to see Ciccio’s Lodge go? What do you hope replaces it? Tell us in the comments section below.

Nicholas E. Karatinos January 09, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Great venue with reasonable prices. Lot of fun. The manager, Robert Garofano, is active in the community and in the Rotary Club of New Tampa. If they are unable to find a new location in New Tampa they will be sorely missed. Nicholas E. Karatinos
Jon Tigue January 09, 2013 at 04:13 PM
No great loss.
Carmen January 09, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Definitely very sorry to see Ciccio s close. Please open at another location in Tampa Palms. Very mad at the owners of the Plaza for being so unreasonable.
brandy January 09, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Makes me sad! We really enjoyed this place! First Leroy's then Ciccio's pretty soon we will have nothing left! :-(
Terald Hopkins January 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Ate there 2 times a week. Sorry to see them go.
Dennis M January 10, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Plaza Real Estate mgmt should get their heads out of their butt! 1/3 of the plaza is now empty due to rent increases. If Publix closed...the owners would be sucking wind.

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