There’s someone new to watch in Tampa’s restaurant and development market, Charles “Chas” Bruck.
Warning: Read no further if you’re susceptible to envy of the young and successful. At age 30, he’s a founder at SoHo Capital and has built out more properties in this region than many developers do by age 50: Housing blocks in Riverview; an industrial park near the Fairgrounds; apartment buildings in St. Petersburg.
Bruck’s father is a successful dentist in Temple Terrace. Bruck attended the University of Arizona, playing on its golf team, and his twin brother, Kyle, graduated from Stanford and did especially well in the tech boom.
Chas, meanwhile, went into Florida development and now has his eye on restaurants. Last July, he bought an ownership stake in the company that owns Ciro’s Speakeasy, Boca Kitchen Bar Market and Samba Room. RV and real estate magnate Don Wallace is a personal friend of the family, and Bruck works out of Don’s former office space in South Tampa.
Building in town also means making the philanthropy circuit, and last year they built the Bruck Family Foundation. They also helped Metropolitan Ministries move its massive holiday donation tent to space at North Boulevard and Palm Avenue.
As for where Bruck is going next, he’d rather not invest in corporate chains of huge locations. Bruck likes the quirky, small independent spots; places with things like membership lists, rotating menus and high energy inside. So, here’s a fair warning to Tampa’s restaurant scene. There’s a new player in town.
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