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Business Observer Wednesday, May 1, 2019 3 weeks ago

Developer brings fine dining restaurant to new mixed-use district

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Bromley Companies’ Midtown Tampa will feature an eatery developed by French-trained chef Chris Ponte.

TAMPA — Aficionados of French cuisine will soon be able to enjoy a new restaurant in Tampa featuring a menu designed by Chris Ponte, a chef trained at the famed Le Cordon Bleu school in Paris.

The yet-to-be-named, 5,000-square-foot eatery will be part of Bromley Cos. 22-acre Midtown Tampa development, according to a press release. Ponte’s firm, the Ponte Group, has also developed popular restaurants On Swann, located in Tampa, and Café Ponte in Clearwater.

"As one of the most renowned restaurateurs in the Tampa Bay region, Chris Ponte has delivered both imaginative food as well as wonderful hospitality to guests for more than 20 years," Bromley Cos. CEO Nicholas Haines states in the release. "We couldn't be more excited to partner with him on the incredible new restaurant he has planned for Midtown.”

In the release, Ponte calls the Midtown Tampa district, located at the corner of Interstate 275 and North Dale Mabry Highway, “a first-class, one-of-a-kind destination.”

He adds, via the release, “The location just off I-275 makes Midtown the perfect choice for our new concept in the Tampa market. In addition to opening an exciting restaurant as a destination for Tampa foodies, it will be easy for our long-time Café Ponte patrons from Pinellas County to cross the Courtney Campbell bridge and join us for lunch or dinner, and enjoy all that Midtown has to offer while they’re here.”

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