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Winter 2012
Ybor Expo: Business Showcase
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Chamber Happenings 

 A Special Thank You For Joining To

Bayshore Law Group PLLC

Suzi Marteny

1614 N. 19th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


Channelside Watersports, Boats, Jetski & Kayak

David Murrell

1910 N. Ola Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


Christian Family Church

Robert Sicignano

1731 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Clear Channel Outdoor

Alexis Sotolongo

5555 Ulmerton Rd.

Clearwater, FL 33760


Tito's Hot Dogs

Nora & Cesar Ramos

302 W. Emma Street

Tampa,FL 33603



A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members       


Angeles S. Ferlita

9923 Stockbridge Drive

Tampa, FL 33626


Ardaman & Associates

Joseph A. Amon

3925 Coconut Palm Drive #115

Tampa, FL 33619


Davita East Tampa Dialysis

Christine Salvaggio

1701 E. 9th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


La Creperia Cafe

Konstantinos Chilias

1729 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


La Segunda Central Bakery

Copeland More'

2512 N 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


The Salvador Dali Museum

Jennifer Garris

One Dali Blvd.

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Tony's Ybor Restaurant, Inc.

Tony or Larry Scaglione

2001 N 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


One of Tampa's best Italian restaurants is Ybor's own Bernini. And if you are familiar with Bernini, then you probably know its proprietor, Jason Fernandez. Owner of three Ybor restaurants - Bernini, Green Iguana and Hot Willy's - Jason is an entrepreneur's, entrepreneur.


Bernini is open daily for dinner and for lunch Monday - Friday. From wood fired pizza, pasta, daily risotto to pistachio encrusted grouper, you can't beat Bernini for great food and a great atmosphere. A real deal is their ½ priced pastas & entrees, served daily from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, along with $2 Finlandia Martinis. And next time you need a caterer, Bernini's is a good bet.


Open since 1994, the Green Iguana is an Ybor institution. Good food, good drinks and good music makes the Green Iguana Ybor, the place to meet and greet. A fixture of the Ybor night life, the Green Iguana features live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, with Karaoke on Wednesdays and a DJ spins on Thursday nights.


If you're in the mood for fast, fun food, stop by Jason's third restaurant, Hot Willy's Sausage and Italian Beef Superstore. You can order your hot dog Chicago style, New York style or Chilli Willy style or if you're not in the mood for a hot dog, try Willy's Italian beef sandwiches. The weather is perfect for enjoying one of their "dogs" in their "open air" dining room.


So, next time you see Jason tell him "thank you" for making Ybor City a better place to eat, drink and be merry!


-Michele Keating


Jason Fernandez


1702 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605




Green Iguana Bar & Grill 

1708 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605




Hot Willy's 

1604 N. 17th Street

Tampa, FL 33605




January 11th thru 19th

HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Anticipated Attendance:

January 20th thru 28th

HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 
Anticipated Attendance:


Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


This is the time of the year when we all take a breath and get a fresh start. We kicked-off the New Year with a great Membership Luncheon featuring Mayor Bob Buckhorn. We had 120 members and guests on-hand and our ally, Charles Pesano, made sure that everyone received a complimentary ticket to attend the Florida State Fair.


This weekend, Sunday's Restaurant celebrated its one-year anniversary by featuring an over-the-top surf & turf special. Michele, her sister and brother-in-law and I all ordered the special, which was followed by complimentary desserts. We each ordered a different one of Chef Sunday's sweet creations and shared them around the table. It was nice to have other loyal Yborians present with Enzo Pardo and his wife Maria in-the-house. After dinner, we moseyed down to Bernini's and had an after dinner drink, running into some of our friends from South Tampa.   Sunday, "M" and I attended the Lighting/Penguins game, courtesy of the door prize I won at Friday's Gaybor Coalition meeting. Not a bad weekend all in all - great food, good company and a solid game (although we didn't win).


Next on the radar are two of the best business to business promotional opportunities we have in Ybor City: the publication of our 2012 Business Directory and Community Guide and the winter edition of our Ybor Expo: Business Showcase. To be listed in the new directory all you have to do is make sure your membership is up-to-date. If you need to check, call Michele Keating at 248-3712 x25. The Business Showcase will be held on Tuesday, February 14th in lieu of our regular Membership Luncheon in the Columbia's Siboney Room. To be a sponsor and/or reserve an exhibit space at the Ybor Expo, contact Anna Ramos at aramos@ybor.org or 248-3712 x22.


Our next major event is Fiesta Day, coming-up on Saturday, February 25th. The Florida Blue - Fiesta Day will be presented by BB&T again this year. We are very excited to have two of Florida's top companies sponsoring this traditional, family-oriented event. This year will mark the 65th Anniversary of the Chamber's Fiesta Day. It also denotes a new high-point in Ybor City's constantly improving "brand." Come on down to Ybor City where the weather's cool and there is always something fun to do.


Ciao - Tom Keating


New Year Starts On The Right Foot Photos by Al Frederick

Chuck Pesano Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority was at the chamber luncheon to get everyone excited for this year's fair. Attendees received a complimentary ticket. 
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Ybor Chamber Chair Andrea White and Chamber President Tom Keating caught chamber members up on current happenings around the district and city. 
Chamber Happenings 


February 14- Winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase, Tues.11:30AM- 2PM- The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Winter Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of its regular luncheon. This is a great way to promote your business to other Ybor businesses and let them know what you do. Reserve your space by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22   


February 25- Florida Blue Fiesta Day Presented By BB&T, Sat. 11AM- 6PM- Celebrate this annual tribute to the Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Jewish and German immigrants that came to Ybor City in the late 1800's. This free event pays homage to Ybor's forefathers through the observance of art, culture and cuisine in a street festival format.  And to add to the day's events, the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market will once again be hosting the Flan Fest in Centennial Park. 813.241.8838

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata
Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 


January 19 thru February 5- Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother' at Stageworks Theatre- What would you do if your relative told you they were going to commit suicide tonight?  In this Pulitzer Prize winning drama, see how a mother and daughter deal with such a crisis in an eloquent and touching piece of theatre. 813.251.8984

January 19- 3rd Annual Bay Area Concierge Association Marketing Event, Thurs. 6PM- 8:30PM- BACA will once again be visiting Ybor for a reception and review of the historic district's numerous offering.  There will be a welcome reception at the Don Vicente followed by a district wide walking tour. Contact YCDC to provide an item for the goody bag. 813.274.7917

January 20- Emerge Tampa Bay's Invasion 2012, Fri. 7:30PM- 10PM- Invasion 2012 will celebrate "A Night At The Oscars" at the Ritz Ybor.  The celebration is the premier, young professional's event of the year, offering valuable networking opportunities with the Tampa Bay area's future leaders. In addition to a night of networking, registered attendees will enjoy entertainment, drinks, delectable food, a photo booth, dancing, and more.  



January 22- AAA Travel: Travel Expo, Sun. 11AM- 2PM- Join the staff of the AAA Auto Club Group at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for their biggest and best travel show of the year. Let the full service, experienced travel professionals from AAA Travel Westshore assist you in the planning of your next land or sea travel adventure! 813.289.5800 x6547

January 22- Franz Shubert's Die Schöne Müllerin: The Beautiful Maid of the Mill, Sun. 3PM- Hillsborough Community College's School of Visual and Performing Arts presents the next selection for their Chamber Music Ybor Series. Come hear Tenor Bryce Westervelt and Pianist R. Timothy McReynolds as they perform this classic piece. 813.259.6490

January 28- Jazz at Beaune's Wine Bar, 7PM- West Palm Wines and Beaune's Wine Bar will feature a night dedicated to Jazz and will feature the talents of local jazz luminary Jack Wilkins as well as Tami Danielsson, Per Danielsson, LaRue Nickelson, Tom Brantley, and Ian Goodman.  The night promises to mix it up like a 50's Jazz jam session with a limited menu and and some "French Bar Food." 813.241.8587

January 28- Cigar City Magazine presents The Mafia Tour, Sat. 5:30PM- Join author Scott Dietche for a two hour tour highlighting Ybor City's mob history.  See landmarks where reputations became history. 813-358-3455

February 2 thru 4- Dance Ybor presents Ballet Fleminging's Feelin' Alright, Starting at 7:30PM-Philadelphia's hottest contemporary ballet company brings their take a "rock-n-roll" ballet to the Mainstage Theatre at Hillsborough Community College for an an exciting evening of dance. 813.259.6490

February 4- Morningbell & King of Spain at New World Brewery, Sat. 9PM-If you are into hearing the likes of a Bonnaroo quality band and a critcally acclaimed indie duo with pop elegance then plan on visiting NWB in  a couple weekends. 813.248.4969

February 4- Ybor City Saturday Market Food Truck Rally, Sat. 11AM- 3PM-Have you missed the various food truck rallies around town?  Here is your chance to get in on all the food truck fun.  Join the Ybor Saturday Market for a special Saturday dedicated to trying a few new flavors. 813.241.2442

February 8- BP Oil Spill Claims: Informational Seminar, Wed. 5:30PM- Over $14 billion is still available for businesses in Florida. Do not miss this free seminar to find out how your business can qualify. Location to be announced. 813.231.2088 ext. 232