By Gary Nager

Sorry, This Time, I Got It Wrong On Lee Roy Selmon’s

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get confirmation about whether or not MVP Holdings Tampa, the parent company of Lee Roy Selmon’s, has been negotiating on a different piece of property on S.R. 56 than the one we reported in our last issue, but what we do know is that Selmon’s is not coming to that site.

I had spoken with someone who is part of the team at MVP that has been looking for a new location for Selmon’s in the Wesley Chapel area since the location on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa closed a few months ago. He said, the day before we went to press with our last Wesley Chapel issue, that the company was close to finalizing an agreement to build a new Selmon’s on S.R. 56, somewhere between I-75 and where the Texas Roadhouse restaurant is located, and that the new building was either opening or beginning construction in April.

I was never told, however, that the site we showed in our last issue was the correct location, so that mistake is on me, and we received a phone call from ANT of Florida, LLC, the owner of that parcel, who said that the owners are “not currently in negotiations with Lee Roy Selmon’s, nor have we ever been in nego- tiations with Lee Roy Selmon’s, nor are we currently in negotiations with anyone for that site.”

The ANT spokesperson also said the LLC had been sent a Cease & Desist letter by Texas Roadhouse to stop talking to or about Selmon’s, even though my information didn’t come from ANT. I also was told that the “white stakes” I mentioned in the last issue were not stakes at all, but PVC pipes for the utilities for the site.

I greatly regret rushing to get the story into print until I had all the facts straight about what the exact plan is for opening a new Selmon’s. Hopefully, I’ll have a correct update soon.


Christian Brothers Auto Opens In Trout Creek Area

For those of us who have been ripped off by unscrupulous auto repair shops (I know I have!), I suggest visiting the new Christian Brothers Automotive, located at 20303 Trout Creek Dr., with frontage on BBD (near Burger 21 & Auto Zone), less than a mile south of County Line Rd.

Christian Brothers is a growing franchise with locations in 11 states, including three in the Tampa Bay area. Local owner Marty La Barbera, whose previous career was in criminal justice, says cars have always been his hobby, but now, he has three master mechanics working for him during his “retirement.”

“What attracted me to the Christian Brothers brand is that my mission is always to contribute to my community and my faith is part of that. I wanted to be part of a company that promises quality care, honesty and integrity.”

Marty also promises that you’ll be stunned by not only the beautiful waiting area, but also the immaculate condition of the garage.

Christian Brothers Automotive’s New Tampa location is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 991-7007 or visit for info and tell Marty & Co that you read about them in the Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News.


Fine Thai Express A ‘Ruby’

If you’re looking for truly delicious Thai food, but you’re in even a little bit of a hurry, I suggest that you visit the new Fine Thai Express, which has been open about a month at 27427 Wesley Chapel Blvd. (S.R. 54), in the Pinebrook at The Grove plaza (in the former Silver Ring Café space).

The new restaurant — which specializes in takeout orders, although there are a few tables for dining in — is owned by the same wonderful folks who own Thai Ruby (in the Shoppes at Amberly plaza) in Tampa Palms, which is more of an elegant, traditional sit-down Thai restaurant.

Bottom line? “The Express” has equally delicious food as Thai Ruby, and a great menu, whether you dine in or take out — with slightly lower prices. You can’t go wrong with the crispy duck (which is offered, as many “Express” entrées are, with your choice of 17 different sauces) or with the Pad Thai or other popular Thai noodle and fried rice dishes, fresh spring rolls and other appetizers and yummy Thai soups.

For more information or to make a takeout order, call 501-4924. Fine Thai Express is open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and 4.p.-9 p.m. on Sunday. Please tell them you read about the restaurant in the Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News!


Veggies & Stuff Produce Stand Opens On BBD

If you want great deals on the freshest produce, we suggest a visit to our friend Jeffrey McCullers’ new Veggies & More Produce Stand, located at 14529 Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., less than a mile south of Tampa Palms, next to the new Compass Self Storage facility. With hundreds of fresh fruits and vegetables — locally grown, whenever possible — from avocados to beautiful tomatoes, Veggies & Stuff also sells fresh, homemade sweet breads, raw honey, live herbs and flowers and guarantees your satisfaction. And, if you mention that you read about the stand in the Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News, you’ll receive 10% off your first purchase. Veggies & Stuff is open every day at 10 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and until 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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