HMSHost opens The Gasparilla Bar at Tampa International

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Restaurateur HMSHost has officially opened The Gasparilla Bar at Tampa International Airport in Florida, a pirate ship-shaped restaurant and bar that pays homage to the city’s annual Pirate Festival.

The restaurant design mimics a wooden pirate ship, with a towering main mast, colorful nautical flags, and block and tackle themed drop lighting. The menu includes a selection of light bites including the pirate’s roast beef sandwich, the Gaspar’s chicken sandwich and the Black Beard bean salad. The bar also stocks a variety of ‘Gaspar’s grogs’ including Captain Morgan Rum-based cocktails and a variety of premium beer, wine, and other spirits.

Michael Price, vice president of business development, HMSHost, said, “We are proud to have opened The Gasparilla Bar with Tampa International Airport to give travelers an experience worth saying ‘Arr!’ over when they visit the airport. It is exciting to be able to offer this lively restaurant that celebrates one of Tampa’s oldest and most exciting traditions with great food and drink.”

Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport, said, “With every new opening, Tampa International Airport better reflects the flavor, feel and region we serve. The Gasparilla Bar invites travelers to unwind, Tampa style – on a boat with a cold beverage in hand. We’re delighted to have this addition for our Airside F guests.”

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