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From wing place to dry cleaners

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 8, 2002

WHAT HAPPENED TO KING OF WINGS? Fighting the night munchies in South Tampa has been that much harder. The low-slung chicken wingery that offered nine sauces recently closed.

Now, banners outside the Henderson Boulevard Shopping Center outparcel bear the image of a guy proudly flexing his suspenders.

South Tampa dry cleaning aficionados know that means Eddie's Custom Cleaners is opening a third location at the site. The store should open by the second week of May, according to Eddie Alverio, who owns the business along with his son, Richie.

The elder Alverio added that after $100,000 in renovations, the store will feature new landscaping, a snazzy awning, and a drive-through.

VIVE LA PALMA CEIA! France and French are definitely le trend hot with businesses in downtown Palma Ceia these days.

Fine French linen purveyor Yves de Lorme had a grand opening at the southwest corner of MacDill Avenue and Bay to Bay Boulevard last week.

It's actually a new wing of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens, where high end bed, bath and table linens, plus children's clothes have been offered since the early '80s. Yves de Lorme sells more of the same, only with products made in France. Plus lingerie and bath wear.

The Frenchness doesn't stop there. All within a baguette's throw of Yves de Lorme on Bay to Bay are Guillot Apothecary and Day Spa, La Maison de Mistral interior designs, La Nouveau Salon and Millefleurs Antiques and Interiors.

LA CUEVA MOVING: Know what La Cueva means, Ybor nightclubbers?

It means "the Cueva."

The sturdy Ybor clearinghouse for Latin dance and booty music will move from its current location at 1707 E Eighth Ave., to the site of the lamentably late Boca restaurant at Seventh Avenue and 20th Street (and more recently Carlino's on Seventh Avenue).

The club's success has endured largely on the strength of its patio space, and that likely won't change. The old Boca building has one of the nicer patios in Ybor.

A new wrinkle would be the proposed addition of food service.

Okay, okay. It really means "the cave."

HIGH END HYDE PARK PADS: Compact luxury living is getting yet another boost in historic Hyde Park.

Residents should be moving into the imposing Bell Roma townhome complex at Rome and Watrous avenues by late April, according Bella Roma agent Tap Hendry.

Each of the 15 units will be three or four stories, with hardwood floors and cabinets, granite in the kitchens and baths, gas fireplaces and two car garages. They start at $449,000.

Just around the corner on Dekle Avenue, ground has been broken for the more modestly-scaled Dekle Condominiums.

It, like Bella Roma, will sport a Mediterranean exterior look.

- Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Call Michael Canning at 226-3408 or e-mail him

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