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New movie theater draws restaurants to Oldsmar

By ED QUIOCO

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 24, 2000


OLDSMAR -- A Ruby Tuesday will join two other restaurants opening soon at the Woodlands Square Shopping Center, where the biggest movie theater in Pinellas County just opened.

The 6,500-square-foot Ruby Tuesday will be built next to a Burger King in the shopping center on Tampa Road.

"It's a good location with the new movie theater," said Kelly Suggs, marketing director for the local franchise partner of Ruby Tuesday. "The area is just good for it."

The restaurant will open in six months to a year, Suggs said. The restaurant will be the city's first national, sit-down restaurant, said Nick Staszko, the city's community development director.

Ruby Tuesday was founded in 1972 in Tennessee. There are now more than 500 Ruby Tuesday locations throughout the United States, mostly in the East and Midwest, according to the company's Web site.

In Pinellas County, Ruby Tuesday restaurants are at Countryside Mall and on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, at the Bay Area Outlet Mall near Largo, and at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

Ruby Tuesday offers salads, sandwiches, burgers, ribs, steaks and fajitas.

"We offer a more family type of atmosphere than other restaurants," Suggs said. "One of the things that sets us apart from other restaurants is we have a wonderful salad bar."

The restaurant will be owned by Tampa resident Gary Gallagher, who owns 17 Ruby Tuesday restaurants from Lakeland to Naples, Suggs said.

The other restaurants that are scheduled to open in the Woodlands Square shopping center are a Beef O'Brady's sports pub and San's Pizzeria and Restaurant. They will be in the shopping center building next to the new AMC 20-screen movie theater with stadium seating.

Brian Hession, the owner of the planned Beef O'Brady's, said the restaurant, which will be about 2,600 square feet, will be open by July. Meals at the restaurant will run from $4 to $6 and specialties are sandwiches and Buffalo-style chicken wings served from mildly hot to nuclear.

Hession, who also owns Beef O'Brady's restaurants in Pasco County, said he was drawn to the Oldsmar location because he wanted to be near the Oldsmar Little League, which has games just down the road in Canal Park, and the nearby apartments and subdivisions.

"The movie theater was an added bonus," he said.

Sanford Felder, the owner of San's Pizzeria, said his restaurant, which will be about 3,000 square feet, should be open by September and will serve pasta dishes, pizza and other Italian entrees from $6.95 to $12.95. Felder also owns a San's Pizzeria on East Lake Road.

Felder said he was excited about being next to the movie theater.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It's a great location."

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