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Coffee shop brewing at waterfront apartments

A store that sells coffee, bagels, sandwiches and desserts is set to open this fall in a Harbour Island complex.

By SUSAN THURSTON, Times Staff Writer
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published March 15, 2002

People longing for places to get coffee and a sandwich on Harbour Island will get their wish this fall.

The Sunshine Cafe is opening in the Post Harbour Place apartments on the island's north end. Modeled after Panera Bread and Starbucks, it will sell coffee, bagels, eggs, sandwiches and desserts.

"It will be great, especially if they have delivery," said tenant Missy Hyatt, who recently moved to Tampa from New York City. "I think people will definitely use it."

The cafe's commitment marks a milestone for the waterfront community across from the Ice Palace. The complex has tried for months to attract restaurants, but struggled because of parking problems and the cautious aftermath of Sept 11. "It took a while for people to see what we were doing there," said Anthony Everett, vice president of development. "Now that we're in the homestretch, people understand what it's going to look like when it's finished. It's creating some excitement."

The first-floor restaurant will open in a new apartment building going up along the water. Construction began about six months ago and should be done in April. The cafe, associated with the Sunshine Bagel Co. on S Dale Mabry Highway, will follow in September or October.

Post officials hope the cafe sparks interest in the other retail space available for rent.

"There aren't too many places were you can sit along the waterfront, sip your coffee and read the paper," Everett said.

Adjacent to the cafe, Everett is working with a smoothie shop, convenience store and pizza shop. Across the way in another building, developers are negotiating with owners of a sports bar, seafood restaurant and wine bar.

The rental community opened three years ago and has 525 one- to three-bedroom apartments. Once completed, it will have 784 units, not including the Grandview condos under construction near the cafe.

The Post caters to young professionals who can take a free trolley to their downtown jobs or walk to Channelside or the Ice Palace.

Property manager Doug Greene said he expects the cafe and other restaurants will draw people from Harbour Island and the downtown area. The complex will offer public parking, boat docks and, possibly, a ferry to and from the Ice Palace and other attractions across the channel.

The developer of the complex, Post Apartment Homes, also plans to sell about 4.3 acres on the site for a future hotel. Embassy Suites has proposed building a 10- to 12-story hotel, but nothing is final, Everett said.

-- Susan Thurston can be reached at (813) 226-3394 or

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