Tampa, Florida - Over the years there have been several unsuccessful attempts to infuse the Channelside area.
Many businesses forced to close their doors, but that isn't stopping a popular sports bar owner Mark Ferguson of Ferg's with join Jay Mize, operator of Irish 31 to set up shop in Channelside.
"Channelside now has enough residents that it should be busy all of the time," said Ferguson. "There's parking... it's got everything ya need."
The popular sports bar is a gameday staple in St. Pete and now the owner wants to cater to the other side of the Bay.
"There's nothing there. There's thousands of people that park around that building and go to hockey games and events, and I think it will be a great addition to what we have here for hockey fans to come to our building over there," said Ferguson.
The new Ferg's will sit on Channelside Drive, directly across from the Tampa bay Times Forum. It will occupy the old Andreychuk's Grille.
Channelside has been the landscape for numerous amounts of failed businesses in the past.
Tampa Urban Development manager Bob McDonaugh admits that there are several recent initiatives aiming to make this area a thriving metropolis.
"I think the big difference is there's a lot more residents, which can help support a bar like that," said McDonaugh.
Ferguson said that he is depending on a huge draw from games, events at the forum and the downtown lunch crowds during the off season.
"We think now -- not three years ago -- it can support itself and in the future it's only going to get better."
Ferguson plans to expand the patio to 5,000 square feet and said that it will host live entertainment and will be similar to the St. Petersburg location.
The new Ferg's is set to open in August 2014.
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