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Dentist to expand to South Tampa

A pediatric dentist sets up office - complete with videos and downsized furniture - on S Dale Mabry.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 9, 2002


KIDS' DENTIST: If you've ever arrived early at Old Hyde Park 7 movie theater, then you've probably seen the slide advertising Pediatric Dental Center.

Owner Dr. W. Edward Gonzalez credits the ad for his practice's expansion.

"We have so many patients that travel to our Brandon office from South Tampa," said Gonzalez, "that we saw the need for a pediatric dental office there."

The second Pediatric Dental Center is scheduled to open Sept. 11 at 1540 S Dale Mabry Highway, next door to Sunshine Bagel Company.

Details that make the original office a hit with kids will be in place at the new one: loud, vibrant colors on the walls, downsized furniture and loads of video games, toys and puzzles to help numb the anxiety of The Wait.

A full range of dental and orthodontic services will be offered.

NEW HOME/OFFICE FOR MEDIATOR: Peter Grilli has learned that erecting a new building in South Tampa can be a highly taxing experience. Good thing he's a professional mediator by trade.

Still, he can't help but let off a little good-humored steam. "I'm either going to get this building built or I will be Baker Acted," he said. "Right now it's about a 50-50 proposition."

Grilli has an extra stake in the building at Azeele Street and Gomez Avenue. It's intended to house both his family and his business.

He expects it will be finished by 2003. The two-story, 3,000-square-foot building will be architecturally consistent with the Schropp, Buell and Elligett law firm building next door -- Spanish Mediterranean style with barrel tile roof. A raised second story atrium with clerestory windows will add distinction.

Downstairs, Grilli will design and decorate his ideal mediating environment. Upstairs, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment will be home to the divorced Grilli and his teenage kids David and Katherine. After sub-leasing his current office at downtown's First Union Center for eight years and living in a Palma Ceia Park house, Grilli decided it was time to consolidate home and workplace.

He said he and his kids look forward to being walking distance from many of their usual haunts, such as El Pilon restaurant, Inkwood Books and Metroflex gym.

OF SEARS AND CHOCOLATIERS: World famous Swiss chocolate maker Lindt will open a store at WestShore Plaza sometime in November, according to WestShore's assistant marketing director, Heather LaBrecque. It will take over the former Speedo store at the mall's center court.

And LaBrecque reports that the new Sears, which assumes the former Dillard's building, will open Oct. 5, two weeks ahead of schedule.

MAC'S GROWS IN THE OVEN: Not one month after Mac's Sports Pub opens at the site of the former McHale's Chophouse, it is expanding into the former adjoining Tuscan Oven.

McHale's and Tuscan Oven closed last year but were retained by owners Paul Paluzzi and former Buccaneers lineman Tom McHale. When owners decided to reopen McHale's side of the business as a sports bar, they hit an unfilled South Howard niche.

"We've been so doggone busy," said Paluzzi.

Mac's plans to take up part of the old Tuscan Oven to accommodate two more pool tables and additional seating. More TVs will also be added in time for football season. The remaining Tuscan Oven space will be used for banquets and private parties.

The menu is also expanding a bit. Salads and a "killer hamburger," as Paluzzi put it, will be among added items. That's in addition to the wings, quesadillas, nachos and selected barbecue items from the old McHale's menu.

For those who miss the full McHale's menu of high-end barbecue, another McHale's Chophouse remains at 1215 W Brandon Blvd.

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