Kingsford’s charcoal-themed Tampa restaurant closed | Openings & Closings | Tampa

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Although the brand plays a key role in your afternoon barbecue, Kingsford’s charcoal-themed restaurant in Tampa has apparently died out.

Charcoal company Kingsford has closed its Westshore Plaza Kingsford Fire Grille restaurant, a first-of-its-kind licensing deal with hotel owner Mike DeMaio, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The general manager of the place made a statement to TBBJ announcing the closure, but the official date of the closure has not been confirmed.

Calls to the company, located at 204 Westshore Plaza, of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay went unanswered.

The signature smoked meats and barbecue grill opened on October 4, 2021: which means the showcase didn’t even last five months.

DeMaio, the former vice president of Kingsford Fire Grille, is no new to the restaurant industry. His history at Brinker International — the hospitality company that runs Chili’s and Macaroni Grill — gave him high hopes of keeping the niche concept afloat.

The now empty 7,900 square foot space makes way for a new food venue to grab prime real estate adjacent to the mall.


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