Bryan Roberts opened the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City with a mission to bring the community together. Monday, the cooperative behind the Roosevelt announced its closing due to a lack of funds.
"Ybor is a tough spot for a place like Roosevelt," Roberts said. "It just wasn't financially sustainable. We're going to regroup and see where we stand now."
Redner Enterprises owns the building at 1812 N. 15th St. Roberts said he and his crew tried to gather enough investors to purchase the building (Redner Enterprises said the building is no longer for sale and they're negotiating with a new tenant). Roberts said maintaining the building cost the Roosevelt upwards of $6,200 a month. Coupled with costs of necessary renovations (more than $125,000), they decided it was time to move on.
Despite the sweltering heat, more than 100 people showed up to the dedication of the Adamo Drive Mural, American Journey, joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn and mural artist Michael Parker in a dedication ceremony to celebrate its official unobstructed view, allowing all a glimpse of Ybor City’s rich history.
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Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders this Tuesday, May 21, to celebrate the newly finished Adamo Drive Mural. The dedication is taking place at 2 p.m. which will include a preliminary session with the artist, Michael Parker, and a reception afterward.
If you haven’t heard already, two of the more talked about dance clubs in Ybor City have now integrated their best nights into one location. Barbarella Tampa, formerly on Seventh Avenue, has relocated its popular Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights to the Ybor City Social Club, a nightspot that's been a favorite in the GLBT scene and will still maintain its popular Thursday night event.
Independent Bar Group (Barbarella Austin, Barbarella Tampa, and Independent Bar Orlando) have to decided to collaborate with Florida Entertainment Group (G.Bar, The Honey Pot, The Social) by pooling their collectively more formidable nights into the cozier and more centrally located Ybor City Social Club building.
The old broom factory at 3606 E. Fourth Ave. is not too hard to find but even show director Kelly Stevens understands why some people might hesitate to venture to this dark part of Ybor City.
Go! Especially if you like good music, edgy nude art, and a cool party atmosphere.
Stevens and crew has again transformed this old dusty space into a well lit and art-rich venue. It is a lot of work for a three-day show. Exhibits include sculptures, paintings, photograph and live performance art.
It's a parade, it's a street party, and it's a drink fest. The 2013 crew of Sant' Yago Knight Parade rumbled down Seventh Avenue in Ybor city Saturday night. Thousands of people showed up for the perfect weather, party atmosphere, and of course tons of beads!
It all starts before the parade in the staging area. Hundreds of Krewe members prime themselves with alcohol, loud music, cigar smoking and dancing. Many say it is similar to getting pumped up for the big game. The air is wretched with the smell of diesel exhaust from the generators on the floats and cigar smoke. The music is loud, liquor is flowing, and trash from boxes of beads litters Nuccio Boulevard.
Hot Water Music kicked off their new tour at a packed Orpheum on Wednesday night. Opening the show was La Dispute and punk rock darlings, the Menzingers.
Hot Water Music
It warms my punk rock heart to have a band that I loved in college playing to a packed house in Tampa, FL in 2013. No matter where I've seen Hot Water Music over the years - from basements to the Wilkes-Barre Festival to huge crowds in Germany - they play their hearts out and we love them for it. Here's to many more years - just remember "...if you live by your heart and value the love that you find, then you have all you need."
Check out more photos from Hot Water Music's set including a setlist photo here.