The multimillion-dollar renovations to Maximo Marina in recent years have helped the property land one of the Tampa Bay region's most popular waterfront restaurants. The Getaway, a tiki bar on the Gandy waterfront, is planning a second location in Maximo Marina in South St. Petersburg's Skyway Marina district, said Dave Burton, a Tampa restaurateur who owns The Getaway with partner Scott Tashkin and Scott's wife, Karina Tashkin.
"I think every person who grew up in the area like myself knows people who have or had their boats at Maximo," Burton said Tuesday, "so the opportunity to be a player in its facelift was too good to pass up."
The new restaurant will be in a 4,000-square-foot building that was once home to a MarineMax sales office. It will include a large patio as well as a waterfront, dockside bar. While plans are still in flux, the seating capacity should be between 250 and 300.
"We don't see it cannibalizing sales from our existing location, as it serves a completely different geographical market segment," Burton said, "and several employees of ours live almost halfway between both locations so we can cross-utilize staff members."
Burton and Tashkin are aiming to have it open by October. Burton declined to disclose the cost of the project but said it will be "a seven-figure investment" though the landlord is "providing a generous tenant improvement allowance."
Bixby Bridge Capital acquired a bank note on Maximo Marina and took title to the property in 2009.
In 2014, the investors put the marina on the market, but when offers didn't meet expectations, the group decided to hold the property and invest millions in renovations. The investment in Maximo coincides with a city-led revitalization of St. Pete's Skyway Marina district.
The group approached The Getaway owners about a potential location, Burton said. "We had been poking around for an additional site but felt like this opportunity felt right and was more attractive than any other available opportunity and most importantly fit our brand as being a waterfront destination and boater friendly," he said.
The second location will be similar to the first, Burton said, but a larger kitchen will allow for more experiments on the menu as well as a "significant" raw bar component, Burton said.
"We will offer dockside delivery to Maximo tenants for food and beverage items as well as a deli and carry-out menu," he said.
Ashley Gurbal Kritzer is senior reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.