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Leverock's lines long in final days

Published April 10, 2006

Johnny Leverock's Seafood House appears to be more popular in death than it was in life.

The half-century-old seafood chain is looking for a new location after announcing in February it would go out of business by closing its last restaurant, in St. Pete Beach.

Owners announced they were selling the last Leverock's, once one of 12, to condominium developers. The last day is April 24.

Then came the tidal wave. Customers upset by the pending disappearance of their favorite restaurant swamped the Corey Avenue location.

"We had a record-breaking February," Leverock's owner George Lewis said. "And March came back and beat February."

Leverock's placed an ad last week seeking a new site to restart the restaurant, listing Seminole, the Tyrone area, the beaches or the Fourth Street area of St. Petersburg. Waterfront locations appear to be prohibitively expensive.

"If we located on water, we'd have to get $30 for a grouper sandwich," Lewis said.

That's one thing economy-minded Leverock's loyalists would never tolerate.

[Last modified April 10, 2006, 01:54:16]

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