Irish 31 Coming to West Park Village Center
Can Westchase support two Irish pubs? We’ll find out this summer when Irish 31 opens in West Park Village.
Irish 31’s Jay Mize thinks his restaurant will be a perfect fit for Westchase. “Irish 31 is the epitome of a neighborhood pub. We aren't coming to Westchase to take anything away from anybody or any other businesses. We are coming to add to the synergy already created by current businesses. We are excited to coexist with the others and will do whatever we can to help the community as a whole. We call ourselves the ‘people's pub’ because we want to deliver whatever is best for our customers and the communities we are in,” says Mize.
Mize and his wife and business partner, Bianca, opened the Hyde Park Irish 31 in September 2011. They entered a market with three pubs located within a mile of each other and say Irish 31 offers something different from a typical Irish pub. “We are not a typical bar but a place for professionals and families to gather. We love the neighborhood feel of Westchase and think our restaurant will be a good match. Irish 31 is more upscale than your typical Irish pub, and while we do have staples like fish and chips, we offer a chef-inspired menu with many different options including flatbreads, sliders, salads, and vegetarian options. Plus we have the most comfortable bar stools in Tampa.”
Like Maloney’s, which opened three years ago in West Park Village, Irish 31 will offer many food and drink specials throughout the week and host regular special events such as Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary bar, a Run Club with a free buffet for participating runners, and live music throughout the week.
Mize says they plan to start renovations to the space, formerly occupied by Bellissimo, in a few weeks. “Our Westchase restaurant will look almost the same as our location in Hyde Park only slightly larger. We will also have a great patio.”
For more information about Irish 31’s opening, you can sign up for their loyalty program, iSociety, at https://irish31.com/isociety
By Marcy Sanford