Located at 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100 at The Shops at Wiregrass—one of Wesley Chapel’s largest shopping centers—Tampa Bay’s second The Living Room will celebrate its soft opening within the next few weeks.
Boasting the same global-inspired cuisine and refined , yet welcoming decor as its flagship location in Dunedin, the official opening date is slated for The Living Room’s Wesley Chapel location is sometime in August.
And like the original restaurant 35 miles away, Wesley Chapel’s Living Room will also have a large, dog-friendly patio and offer the same furry- friendly menu. Between its different dining rooms, bar and patio, the new eatery can seat over 100 patrons.
Zachary Feinstein, who operates the restaurant alongside his wife and business partner Christina Feinstein, tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that Wesley Chapel’s menu will be different than the one at its flagship but added that about 50% of Wesley Chapel’s menu is composed of signature dishes—like black and blue nachos, brown butter seared scallops, and its porcini mushroom burger. The other half will feature brand new dishes from the location’s Executive Chef Joshua Rhynes.
New items include flash-fried pork dumplings, spicy chargrilled pork chops, goat cheese and pancetta flatbread, shrimp garganelli pasta and roasted beet “carpaccio,” alongside many more.
Wesley Chapel’s location will also have slightly different craft cocktail offerings, a beefed-up weekly hospitality night, and two separate private dining rooms. Folks interested in a private dining experience—which boasts a rotating menu that’s much different that its typical one—can contact The Living Room’s event specialist at [email protected]
The changes integrated into its second location will provide an incredibly welcoming environment for The Living Room’s new customers, staff, and fellow service workers.
“We’re able to do so many cool things because we’re a rather small, family-owned operation,” Christina tells CL.
And although the soft opening is expected to take place within the next few weeks, the Feinsteins state that a grand opening event, complete with a photo booth and floral arrangements, will happen in September.
In addition to running The Living Room, Zachary & Christina Feinstein of The Feinstein Group are also the operational and creative brains behind fine dining restaurant The Black Pearl and upscale cocktail bar Sonder Social Club.
When asked why they chose to trek all the way out to Wesley Chapel to open a second Living Room location, they both stated that it was a matter of space.
“We wanted to go somewhere that had the right floor plan and the right space for what we needed for second restaurant,” Zachary says. “We wanted to go to a more residential area where families are.”
The Living Room will soon join many other restaurants that are scattered throughout the multifaceted shopping plaza, like The Brass Tap, 365 Cafe Italiano, Noble Crust, Pholicious and Grillsmith New American Grill.
Other eateries opening soon debut at The Shops at Wiregrass alongside The Living Room include Leonidas Chocolates and Crazy Sushi.
Wesley Chapel’s newest hotspot will have the same operating hours as its sibling restaurant in Dunedin, and will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.