Tampa Bay’s newest restaurant ‘an incredible investment’
TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2014) – With a snip of a red ribbon, Ulele, Tampa Bay’s most-anticipated new restaurant, opened for business Tuesday afternoon.
Through its native-inspired menu and prime location on the Hillsborough River, Ulele gives visitors an authentic taste of what Tampa Bay has to offer, said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay.
“It is beautiful — just an incredible investment in our industry,” Corrada said. “We wish the Gonzmart family the best of luck. We’ll be right here beside you, bringing plenty of visitors to Ulele.”
Diners at Ulele will find a menu loaded with local foods and an in-house brewery. Ulele’s recipes use fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and other proteins from Florida when they are available. When they’re not available, ingredients will be raised and harvested in the United States, preferably from family-owned and independent companies. The organic food is not genetically modified, and has no hormones and antibiotics.
Ulele occupies the century-old Water Works Building, a historic structure that once held the machinery that pumped water from nearby Ulele Spring to the residents of Tampa. The spring was restored this year as part of the construction of the city’s new Water Works Park. Ulele’s patio overlooks both the spring and the park.
The Gonzmart family invested more than $4 million to create Ulele, the latest addition to the family’s Columbia Restaurant Group. The renovation employed 500 people. The restaurant has a full-time staff of 100.
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