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Restaurateur bets on familiar turf

A man with area ties thinks he's found the key to success at a Palma Ceia spot that has seen several restaurants fail.

By MICHAEL CANNING
Published February 3, 2006


MORE EATS AT THE MALL: Hope you weren't waiting for parking to improve at WestShore Plaza.

The long-awaited Mitchell's Fish Market is scheduled to open today beneath the JCPenney parking garage. This will be the 12th seafood spinoff of Ohio's Cameron Mitchell restaurant group.

This location is slightly more upscale than the others, with a piano lounge and white table cloth dining ambience. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

ZERO TO 60 IN 3.8 SECONDS: You need a motorcycle to get that kind of acceleration, right?

A T-Rex will do that, too.

Think of a three-wheeled motorcycle with side-by-side seats and an open car-like body, and you've got the unique sport vehicle from Quebec's Campagna Corp.

You can find one locally at Extreme Toys opening later this month at 2101-B N Dale Mabry Highway, just north of Spruce Street. Tampa businessman Nazarith Dewoodi has acquired national distribution rights for the T-Rex, and plans to open five more Extreme Toys throughout Florida by the end of the year.

But first, Dewoodi wants to tweak the business concept in his hometown. That includes making Extreme Toys an outpost of the successful Street Eagle motorcycle rental chain. Dewoodi said rental Harley-Davidsons, Pit Bull Choppers and assorted Hondas will keep the cash flowing while his sales staff tries to move the $41,000 T-Rexes.

More specs on the little Canadian beast: a 140-horsepower engine; manual clutch shift on the floor; two waterproof saddlebags in lieu of a trunk; optional windshield.

Dewoodi highly recommends that last option.

GUILLOT APOTHECARY CLOSED: The popular day spa at 3115 W Bay to Bay Blvd., owned by Heather Radke, wife of Minnesota Twins player (and former Jesuit High School baseball star) Brad Radke, has recently closed due to "unforeseen circumstances and family illness," according to a recorded message on the business phone.

The message goes on to thank its customers and offers instructions for gift certificate refunds.

- Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Call 226-3382, or e-mail mikecanning@hotmail.com

Bucs family cookbook

Even though our Bucs won't be in Detroit this weekend, you can still enjoy Bucs flavor at your Super Bowl party. Try out more than 130 recipes from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Family Cookbook, which includes favorites of the players, coaches, cheerleaders and staff. The cookbooks cost $20 and proceeds benefit the PACE Center for Girls. For a limited time, buy one, get a second copy for half price. Visit www.buccaneers.com

- AMY SCHERZER