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Lee Roy Selmon's New Tampa 'Working Aggressively' to Reopen

Selmon's president says no truth to rumors about Outback taking over the space.

After the Lee Roy Selmon’s New Tampa location , rumors have circulated that it will not reopen at all.

An article in the New Tampa Neighborhood News stated the landlord, OSI Restaurant Partners, was seeking a large rent increase and that perhaps an Outback steakhouse or Carrabba’s Italian Grill would be moving in instead.

But the Selmon's chain president clarified the situation. 

“Unless something highly unusual happens, we will be reopening (at the current New Tampa building),” Sam Tancredi said. “I’ll tell you this, if something unusual happens, we’ll reopen (anyway) in (another site in New Tampa).”

Tancredi said it is true the eatery has come to the end of its lease on the New Tampa building at 17508 Dona Michelle Drive. And the previously released statement about the Selmon's location needing repairs was true too, he said.

“We need to invest a ton of money in that restaurant,” he said. “We need to put a new roof, replace elderly HVAC. ... We need to remodel the inside.”

Tancredi said the chain just needs to be sure it will remain at the site for a long time before it makes such a significant investment in the building.

New Tampa customers should be reassured, Tancredi said, noting Selmon’s and the landlord are “working aggressively” to reopen the location.

The recent closure was certainly unfortunate for sports fans, as it coincided with the start of the NFL season.

John Majeski September 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Via Facebook: Sean Arnett I wish it would close. Outback would be a great addition to new Tampa.
John Majeski September 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Via Facebook: Ann Wilkes Coffey Diller I love Selmon's! Their chopped salad and gumbo is to die for!!!!!!!!
TampaJoey October 04, 2012 at 10:06 PM
It's a great location. Keep it open. Best place in New Tampa to watch a game.
Jen Rogers November 23, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Keep Selmon's open!! I miss them already. Nothing can take its place!!
howard banks May 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM
First and last restaurant we go to on my 6-7 yearly visits to my 2nd home in New Tampa is Le Roy Selmons. Wish my 1st home in NYC had as good a barbeque place. Please come back to BBD. We're tired of the drive to Carolwood!

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