Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, a family-friendly casual dining destination offering the Taste of Louisiana in a prime game-day environment, will welcome its first fans on Monday, June 20 at 11am at its new Midtown Tampa location at the corner of N. Dale Mabry Highway and I-275.
“We look forward to sharing our legendary food, service and experience with Tampa Bay residents,” said Mike Lester, CEO and Co-Founding Partner of Walking Tall Brands, LLC, the local franchisee. “Our new location at Midtown Tampa makes it easy to get here from just about anywhere and we couldn’t be more excited to open our doors.”
At Walk-On’s, each dish is made from scratch, using the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients to bring its true, Cajun cuisine to life. From Crawfish Etou-Ways and Mardi Gras Mahi to the Smoked Gouda Turkey Burger and Cajundillas, the diverse menu features upscale takes on Louisiana mainstays and unique twists on game day staples. With 44 beers on tap, 84 TVs, 3 patios and game areas where guests can take their best shot, Walk-On’s offers an immersive sporting experience for everyone.
“We’re excited to open Walk-On’s in the heart of Tampa,” said Walk-On’s Founder and CEO, Brandon Landry. “This will be our third location in the surrounding Tampa market, so our growth in the region shows we know how to satisfy locals and visitors alike with our delicious food and signature drink items. I know Mike and the Walking Tall Brands team will continue taking great care of the Tampa community.”
Unique to this location is a walk-up drink window where fans can order a drink and take it with them as they enjoy all the activity in Midtown Commons and explore what Midtown Tampa has to offer.
The restaurant marks Walk-On’s eighth location in Florida, and the third for franchisee Walking Tall Brands, which has five more expansion locations under development.
Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening Details
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off at 10:30am with the Blake High School Jazz Band and remarks from special guests including:
● Brandon Landry – Walk-On’s Founder
● Guido Maniscalco – Tampa City Council, District 6
● Kelly Flannery – President, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
● Shannon Oliviero, External Affairs Officer, Feeding Tampa Bay
Walk-On’s will also be presenting a donation to Feeding Tampa Bay, its grand opening charitable partner, to help in the fight to end hunger in our community.
The first 100 guests will have a chance to win free Walk-On’s for a year, and will each receive a $10 gift card and complimentary beverage card for a future visit.
Award-Winning Restaurant and Franchisee
Walk-On’s is a recipient of Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award and was also named the #1 sports bar in America by ESPN. Local franchisee Walking Tall Brands was recently awarded 2022 Operator of the Year for their Wesley Chapel location.
About Walking Tall Brands, LLC
Walking Tall Brands is a Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux franchisee and Tampa, Fla-based restaurant company started in 2018 by friends Mike Lester and Adam Besnard. With complementary backgrounds, they recognized the opportunity to create a value-based, profitable, and growth-oriented restaurant enterprise exceeding industry standards and creating an improved customer experience, all while having fun. The outcome was a company with a renewed customer focus through Our People: Customers, Partners, Team Members, Restaurant Leaders, Community, Vendors, and Franchisors. We proudly “Walk Tall” operating a better model to achieve success. For more information, visit www.walkingtallbrands.com.
About Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux
Based in Baton Rouge, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux was founded in 2003 by Brandon Landry, a former walk-on basketball player at LSU. Leaning on the true spirit of a walk-on and building a winning culture, the brand is rapidly expanding across the United States. Its Louisiana-inspired menu features food and drinks made from scratch daily. Walk-On’s All-American Team serves up a game-day experience in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that ensures every guest is a winner. For more information, visit walk-ons.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, please visit walkonsfranchising.com or contact Mike Wootton, Vice President of Franchise Development, at 704-572-2499.