Tampa, FL – Owners Enrique and Tracy Zuluaga are pleased to announce that they have opened their first Roadside Grill on the Harley-Davidson of Tampa property.
Their menu is a mix of American and Latino – a reflection of the owners – Enrique is a native of Puerto Rico, and Tracy is originally from Long Island, NY. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and the menu is designed for a wide array of tastes.
“We kept driving by and we were confident that we could launch a successful destination spot there,” said Enrique. “We had to submit a bid against other potential restaurant owners and were so excited when we won the opportunity to open Roadside Grill,” added Tracy. They are grateful for their relationship with Harley-Davidson and plan to open more destination spots like Roadside at other dealerships in Florida. “The selection process took a few months,” said Harley-Davidson of Tampa’s General Manager Mike Rendine. “We were looking for more than a tenant for the restaurant, we were looking for a long-term partner,” he added.
Harley-Davidson of Tampa reviewed several applicants and awarded the opportunity to Roadside Grill because of their experience and industry knowledge. They are also working with CBS Radio to become one of their concert party stops on the 2014 Live Nation concert tour schedule. “Our goal was to create a unique menu and entertainment environment suitable for a variety of customers,” said Tracy.
Enrique works the kitchen at Roadside Grill and grew up in the restaurant industry. His mother owned a bakery, and his first job was working in a bakery in Puerto Rico. He has been in Florida since 1992 and is the former owner of Café Z (by the Wing House on 301), and has worked for such places as Bahama Breeze, Alessi’s Catering, Wing House, Hooters, Shulas, and San Juan Latin Café.
The pair has plans for a beer and wine license and will expand their hours of operation once they obtain the license, which is targeted for February. Plans are in the works for a bike night, Saturday brunch, Latin Sunday’s with dominos on the deck, live music and MMA fight night – Enrique trains locally with Belt and Title Holder Yosmany “The Spartan” Cabezas.
When they launched the business, the couple had a partner, now they are operating on their own. They are taking inquiries for partners to expand the eatery to multiple Harley-Davidson locations. In addition, and quite untraditionally, they are planning a raffle with a chance to win an equity stake in the company. Raffle tickets can be bought by visiting Roadside Grill on North Dale Mabry, or by calling them directly at 305-753-5755.
Their more popular meals include the breakfast sandwich on fresh pressed Cuban bread, their deep fried deviled crabs and stuffed potatoes, the 100% Certified Angus Beef Roadside Burger, and Blue Bacon Tommy, a burger topped with blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and tomato, and topped with a balsamic reduction. Another authentic sandwich that is drawing the attention of Enrique’s followers is their Tripleta, a Puerto Rican specialty with grilled ham, roast pork, and Palomilla steak topped with melted provolone and their house special mojo sauce.
Roadside Grill is located at 6920 North Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL. All food is cooked to order and they serve lunch and dinner. Their menu includes sandwiches and salads, quesadillas, classic BLT’s and burgers. They also carry BBQ Pork sandwiches, Roast Pork Sliders, Tostones with steak and cheese, buffalo shrimp jumbo, dry rub wings, blackened chicken, Jumbo Wings, and their Cuban Salad is a house specialty. They can be reached via phone at 813-508-2433 or online athttps://www.facebook.com/