WHERE WILL BE THE PLACE TO GO NOW IN TAMPA?
In every city, large and small, there is a restaurant considered by many of it's movers and shakers to be "the place" to see and be seen, to get deals done and enjoy a great meal at the same time. In Tampa, that place was Malio's Steak House on Dale Mabry Highway.
Until last night.
The local institution, which attracted celebrities of sports, business, and entertainment over it's 37 years, closed down last night Both the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune featured the restaurant's last night of business, the Times noting that regular George M. Steinbrenner, III --- who had his own private room in the place to do deals --- did takeout including 20 quarts of Malio's special sauce.
The building will be demolished to make room for an office owned by Masonite International.
Owner Malio Iavarone says he would likely be back in time with a smaller steak house.