Carmel Café & Wine Bar Founders Chris Sullivan, Terry Ryan, Nancy Schneid and Alex Sullivan joined Architect Alberto Alfonso at the northwest corner of Swann, Henderson and Himes in Tampa to shed light on plans to build at the site.
A 4,000-square-foot restaurant, Carmel’s first freestanding prototype, is scheduled to open in August, the founders said Tuesday.
The $2 million, bistro-style, modern Mediterranean restaurant will have about 32 tables and 150 seats. Plans call for on-site parking, an outdoor patio, community seating and a wine room, among other features.
Neighborhood and community will be themes, said Alfonso, president of Alfonso Architects Inc. of Tampa. The restaurant aims to provide a “sense of place,” he said.
Crews are tearing down an office complex at the site that was originally built as a hotel. Next door, the former Cat Doctors facility on Swann has come down after that company relocated to West Azeele Street.
Carmel’s founders also highlighted the “MenuPad” app that allows guests to review photos and descriptions of food, see wine pairings and control the timing of their meals via a tableside iPad.
The system puts customers in control of the experience, Sullivan said.
Carmel debuted in Clearwater in late 2010 and opened a second location in Carrollwood in 2011. In March, the owners announced plans to expand in the Sarasota/Bradenton area in May as well as in South Tampa this summer.
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