Aja Wiregrass Closes Down

The business filed for Chapter 11 recently, according to public records.


New Tampa and Wesley Chapel residents now have one less nightlife option.

— an upscale restaurant, sleek lounge and club —recently shuttered its doors at The Shops at Wiregrass. According to Pasco County records, the business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.

Attempts to reach ownership were unsuccessful.

Some considered Aja Wiregrass, with its glowing onyx bars and modern furniture, a welcome relief from the family chain restaurants and pubs in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas. In addition to food, Aja Wiregrass hosted DJs, live music and guest appearances. Theme nights included Fantasy Fridays and Latin Wednesdays.

"PLEASE RE-OPEN!!!" Anoushka Sarrazin Marty wrote on Aja's Facebook page.

Angela Harrelson, however, isn’t going to miss Aja Wiregrass — she never went.

“I just seemed like a waste of space,” she wrote on Patch's page. “NT needs a Mellow Mushroom, and that's the perfect location!!!”

Some Facebook users got excited about the idea of Aja being replaced by Cheesecake Factory, but a Wiregrass marketing official told Patch she was unaware of the chain taking over that storefront. 

What do you think about New Tampa/Wesley Chapel nightlife? What is it lacking? Tell us in the comments section below.

Ann MacKinnon July 05, 2012 at 02:33 PM
We need a night club in the area. I wish another would take its place.
Avant July 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Night clubs in the suburbs don't often work, especially when it is attached to a mall. Cheesecake Factory would be good. Any idea if they were supposed to be the original tenant? The spot looks like their mall layout.
John Majeski July 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thanks for the comments. Where do you usually go for nightlife?
Tara Dahl July 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I agree with Ann. I don't enjoy having yo drive far away for decent nightlife.
Anoushka Marty July 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I agree with Ann, we do need another night club! :-)
Jrock September 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Uhm, you're in your 60's. Or at least you certainly look like you are. Stop pretending to be 20.
Tera Hamby October 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I will miss it, great dj on sat's, loved to just dance! There is nothing out here near me in zhills.
Alan December 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
We need a Tampa alehouse or an awesome sports bar like Buffalo wild wings to eat good food and watch sports and have a good night out at Wiregrass
Alan December 06, 2012 at 03:21 PM
We need better restaurants and nightclubs in Wesley Chapel. We also need places like outback Tampa Ale house and Caraba's by Wiregrass
john January 24, 2013 at 02:29 AM
No actually Alan you should stop the fake hype and give the people of new Tampa what they want... Quality... But then again that's hard to do from Ohio isn't it?
john January 24, 2013 at 02:33 AM
But then again in some worlds I guess an empty building with zero revenue in a prime location is worth less than a salesmans pride. Poor job boys!


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