Roger and Suzanne Perry said they signed a letter of intent with St. Croix owner John Zambito during the weekend to lease the former space of Wimauma restaurant at 4205 S. MacDill Ave. Wimauma closed soon after former tenants Gary and Amy Moran left the restaurant in May 2013. The space remained empty since then.
Suzanne Perry said the new restaurant will be named Roux and will feature a menu with Creole, Cajun and other southern influences. A soft-opening is planned for mid-May.
Lunches at Roux will be “designed for speed” and will include po-boys and muffaletta sandwiches, she said. The menu will feature local ingredients when available. Other bayou staples, such as crawfish, will be purchased from Louisiana. Cajun sausages, such as boudin and Andouille, will be made in-house, as will the gumbo. Florida game, such as wild boar, alligator and frog legs will be featured as well.
Dinners will include white-tablecloth service, with fine seafood dishes, crab, lobster and steaks.
“There will be higher price-points, but [it will] still [be] moderate and affordable,” Suzanne Perr said. “Not as high as Eddie V’s or Ocean Prime.”
The bar will feature craft beers and New Orleans-inspired craft cocktails, including absinthe. A wine program also is planned.
Desserts will be developed by sister restaurant Dough, including ice creams, pots de crème and bread pudding made with muffaletta bread.
The Perrys said they are excited to work with Zambito, who they said promised to revamp the plaza for all the tenants.
“We believe that their investment along with ours will add new energy to that stretch of the MacDill corridor – one we care about because we live in South Tampa,” Suzanne Perry said.