The Brandon building that once housed Giordano’s, the restaurant known for its “famous stuffed pizza,” is getting a new lease on life, with the announced opening of the newest Lee Roy Selmon’s sports restaurant, slated to open in the summer.
How fitting that the restaurant, named for the legendary National Football League Hall of Famer, will stand near the entranceway to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, also named for the first recipient of the Ring of Honor for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The restaurant will be in business at 11310 Causeway Blvd., just west of the road’s intersection with Providence Road. Its unique features will include “stadium seating, authentic sports-theme ambiance and state- of the-art sports viewing, with high-definition screens,” according to a company release.
The first Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant opened in Tampa in 2001. The Brandon eatery will be the chain's eighth restaurant.
Many of the dishes on the restaurant's menu trace back to Selmon's boyhood days, growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, including "Mama's Meatloaf, fried green tomatoes, pulled pork, cornbread casserole and cheesy bacon grits," according to a company release.
Other menu items include prime burgers, sliders, creamy macaroni and cheese tossed with braised short ribs and contemporary salads, including bruschetta chicken salad and the Lee Roy Selmon Chopped Salad.
Drinks include buckets of cold beer, craft beers, signature cocktails (including the award-winning Smokin' Tampa Tea), wines by the glass and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Want a sneak taste? Here's where you can find a Lee Roy Selmon's sports restaurant today:
- Bradenton: 6510 Cortez Road / 941-798-3287
- New Tampa: 17508 Donna Michelle Drive / 813-977-3287.
- Fort Myers: 5056 Daniels Pkwy. / 239-690-3287
- Palm Harbor: 34200 North U.S. Highway 19 / 727-216-6566
- Sarasota: 8253 Cooper Creek Blvd. / 941-360-3287
- St. Petersburg: 2424 Tyrone Blvd. / 727-347-5774
- South Tampa: 4302 West Boy Scout Blvd. / 813-871-3287