Tampa’s Bayou Bodega is final

Printed Feb. 24|Up to date Feb. 24

TAMPA — Herbal wine bar and eating place Bayou Bodega is final.

The homeowners cited difficulties with the eating place’s Davis Islands location as a reason why for the shutter and mentioned that they’re hoping to relocate to a brand new spot within the Tampa Bay house at some point.

“We simply may by no means get a constant crowd in there, ever,” proprietor Robert Sickler mentioned when reached by way of telephone on Friday. “We’d have (days) the place we’d have one, two tables — that’s no longer sustainable.”

Sickler and his spouse, Yarinel Ramos, opened the intimate bistro on E Davis Street in 2021. Impressed by way of towns like New Orleans and Oaxaca, Mexico, Bayou Bodega sported a menu that includes Creole and Caribbean flavors and was once a few of the first within the Tampa Bay house (and the primary in Tampa) to characteristic a wine program completely dedicated to pure or so-called low intervention wines.

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Within the years since, pure wine methods have surged in recognition, and there are actually a number of spots highlighting the wines. Regardless that the eating place’s foods and drinks proved well-liked by diners out of doors of the Davis Islands group, Sickler mentioned this system by no means actually took off with citizens within sight.

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“We had this foolhardy perception that if we deliver actually just right meals and actually just right wine there, we’d be sustained by way of the island,” he mentioned. “Truthfully we had those who lived in Colorado and Ohio that got here in additional steadily than subsequent door.”

Bayou Bodega featured a menu with Creole and Caribbean-inspired flavors and an all-natural wine program.
Bayou Bodega featured a menu with Creole and Caribbean-inspired flavors and an all-natural wine program.
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Bayou Bodega will most likely serve its closing meal on Saturday, Sickler mentioned.

Earlier than opening Bayou Bodega, Sickler and Ramos lived in Colorado, the place they operated a New Orleans- and Florida-inspired cocktail bar. Sickler mentioned he hopes to go back to the cocktail global and discover a new location with a liquor license.

“We actually wish to do a bar idea, like Bayou Bodega with actually forged cocktails,” he mentioned.

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