Tampa, Florida -- There's no denying Tampa Heights, just half a mile away from downtown Tampa, could use a facelift. One Keith Sedita, managing partner at Ulele restaurant that opens on Tuesday, is happy to help with.
As Sedita shows us around the more than 100-year-old building, where everything has a story and a purpose.
"These are red and white oak [tables] are indigenous to Florida. If you look closely here [at the bar] it's made in Ybor."
But this story, isn't just about the $5 million spent on the building, or how the menu features local ingredients. This is a story about Tampa Heights waking up.
Brian Seel, president of the Tampa Heights Civic Association, admits there's challenges the neighborhood needs to overcome. But sees Ulele as just another piece of the revitalization puzzle.
Along with the new $7.4 million Water Works Park opening a few weeks ago around the corner, there's also plans to convert a 100-year-old church into a youth center.
The new Ulele restaurant is another addition to the revitalization of Tampa Heights.