Sparkman Wharf Introduces Gallito, a Modern Taqueria, by Chef Ferrell Alvarez and Restauranteur Ty Rodriguez

Tampa, Fla. (August 2, 2018) – Sparkman Wharf, Tampa’s waterfront destination for work, outdoor recreation and dining that is being developed by Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP) as part of the larger Water Street Tampa neighborhood, today introduced Gallito, an all-new, modern taqueria with a twist on Mexican street food created by Chef Ferrell Alvarez and restauranteur Ty Rodriguez.

Joining Foundation Coffee, a well-known Tampa coffee purveyor, and Whatever Pops, a cold treats and popsicle outpost, Gallito will be located within the dining garden at Sparkman Wharf and will complement the additional food concepts that will soon be announced. Together, the dining garden concepts will celebrate great food and community, with inventive new ideas and menus not found anywhere else in the city “We chose to partner with Sparkman Wharf and open Gallito so we could be part of the exciting re- development of Channelside. Downtown Tampa is experiencing a historic, urban growth period and we think this is the perfect opportunity to plant roots there and contribute to city’s ongoing renaissance,” said Alvarez of Gallito.

Chef Ferrell Alvarez was a 2017 James Beard Best Chef South nominee. Alvarez and Rodriguez are best known for their partnership at Seminole Heights culinary destination Rooster & the Till, which was recognized as the #1 restaurant 2018 the Tampa Bay Times, and the forthcoming Nebraska Mini Mart.

The dining garden, along with an open lawn for recreation and relaxation, and Fermented Reality—an open- air, waterside biergarten with over 30 taps—will create a dynamic park-like environment at Sparkman Wharf. Currently under construction by Tampa-based contractor EWI, the dining garden, biergarten, and recreational lawn are slated to open in October 2018.
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About Sparkman Wharf

Sparkman Wharf features approximately 180,000 square feet of reimagined, spacious loft-style office space, 65,000 square feet of ground level retail, and a one- acre dynamic park-like environment, which will feature an intimate dining garden, biergarten, and lawn for recreation, situated in a relaxed, outdoor setting along the Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa. The dining garden will feature ten of Tampa’s best restauranteurs and chefs experimenting with new culinary concepts.

Sparkman Wharf is owned and operated by Strategic Property Partners, LLC, the partnership between Cascade Investment LLC, and Jeff Vinik. SPP is a full-service commercial real estate development firm based in Tampa, Florida. Feel the spark?

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