SPARKMAN WHARF ADDS NEW RESTAURANT FROM JAMES BEARD-NOMINATED CHEF FERRELL ALVAREZ
Vegan-Friendly Asian-Inspired Street Food Concept to Join Water Street Tampa’s Waterfront Dining Scene
TAMPA, FL (February 1, 2022) – Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) is adding a new restaurant concept from Proper House Group and Chef Ferrell Alvarez to Water Street Tampa’s popular dining scene. Dang Dude, a new fast-casual Asian-inspired restaurant, marks Alvarez’s second restaurant at Sparkman Wharf and is slated to open at the waterfront destination this spring.
“Gallito Taqueria has been a fan-favorite restaurant at Sparkman Wharf since it opened, and we’re thrilled to work with Chef Alvarez and Proper House Group again to introduce an exciting new dining concept to the community,” said Lee Schaffler, Chief Portfolio Officer for SPP.
Co-owned by Chef Ferrell Alvarez — a 2017 James Beard Foundation semi-finalist — business partner Ty Rodriguez and entrepreneur Chon Nguyen, Proper House Group is a Tampa-based hospitality group known for several widely acclaimed restaurants in the Tampa Bay region, including the Seminole Heights gem Rooster & the Till, which was named Tampa’s number one restaurant by the Tampa Bay Times in 2018 and 2019, as well as Nebraska Mini Mart in Seminole Heights and Gallito Taqueria, with locations at Sparkman Wharf and The Joinery.
Building on the success of Gallito Taqueria, Dang Dude will bring modern and innovative Asian-inspired street food to Sparkman Wharf. Crafted by Alvarez, the menu will feature creative spins on dumplings, pot stickers and spring rolls, as well as double-fried Asian-style chicken wings. Dang Dude will also serve signature dishes such as Rou-jia-mo, a homemade Chinese flatbread stuffed with pork, beef or tofu, and a variation of The Cobia Collar, an award-winning dish from Rooster and the Till. The restaurant, located in one of Sparkman Wharf’s shipping containers, is paying special attention to vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets and will use homemade vegan fish sauce and gluten-free noodles and dumpling wrappers wherever
possible. Beverages including bubble tea, boozy bubble tea, Asian beers and sake will round out the menu.
“As our brand continues to expand throughout Tampa, and Gallito, our first venture at Sparkman Wharf, has been nothing but a success, it was a no-brainer to extend our relationship with SPP and grow alongside Water Street Tampa,” says Ferrell Alvarez, Chef and Co-owner of Proper House Group. “We are thankful for this opportunity to work with SPP and thrilled to bring umami flavors to Downtown Tampa with our second concept at Sparkman Wharf, Dang Dude.”
In addition to Dang Dude, Sparkman Wharf recently announced two new wellness retailers, BODYROK and The Covery, are coming to the vibrant waterfront location. The wellness retailers are expected to open later this year. Anchoring Water Street Tampa — the 56-acre mixed-use development transforming downtown Tampa into a dynamic, walkable neighborhood — Sparkman Wharf is a central community gathering place featuring a lush one-acre park surrounded by ground-level retail and loft-style office space. The lively central park is home to an intimate dining garden featuring national and local restaurant concepts and recreation lawn programmed with community events.
For more information please visit www.waterstreettampa.com and SparkmanWharf.com.
About Strategic Property Partners
Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) is a partnership between Cascade Investment LLC, and Jeff Vinik. SPP is a full-service commercial real estate development firm focused on world-class execution, innovation and creating high-quality and experiential places. SPP’s first project, Water Street Tampa, is being developed on over 56 acres of contiguous waterfront land the company controls in downtown Tampa. The phased Water Street Tampa development project is revitalizing a currently underutilized tract of land into an urban, mixed-use waterfront district consisting of approximately nine million square feet of new commercial, residential, hospitality, cultural, entertainment, education and retail uses, totaling over $3 billion in private investment from SPP. Integrating principles of walkability, sustainability, connectivity, design
quality and wellness, SPP is developing and will own and operate this new world-class neighborhood in Tampa, while also working to elevate the city’s national prominence. For more information on Water Street Tampa, visit www.waterstreettampa.com.