TEMPLE TERRACE — A Beef O’Brady’s on North 56th Street is celebrating its second grand opening in less than two years.
The restaurant at 9311 N. 56th St. recently changed hands. Formerly a company-owned operation, the Beef O’Brady’s franchise in Temple Terrace was sold to Philip and Anna Voida of Riverview in September.
In honor of the occasion, the Voidas collaborated with the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce to stage a grand reopening ceremony at the business this week.
The new owners were impressed with the high-profile site at the north end of the Temple Terrace Shoppes plaza at the northeast corner of 56th Street and Bullard Parkway.
“It was a good location,” Anna Voida said. “It was available, and it is a good location for growth.”
No cosmetic changes are planned, she said. But food and beverage specials have been offered all week to celebrate the change in management.
The 4,000-square-foot restaurant has about 27 employees, and space to accommodate about 200 patrons.
It will remain the home base for live broadcasts of the University of South Florida football and men’s basketball coaches’ shows. Bulls fans gather along with the coaches and commentators for the live call-in radio shows in “The Bulls Pen,” a room near the rear of the restaurant.
The Voidas plan to build on the family-friendly theme introduced by company owners, Anna Voida said. Theme nights are planned, including activities and giveaways.
The restaurant marks the Voidas’ first venture as full-time business owners.
Anna Voida is a recently retired Hillsborough County public school administrator and teacher. Her husband, Philip, worked in the air-conditioning business.
They became members of the Temple Terrace chamber to meet and network with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, Anna Voida said.
Dustie Amatangelo, the Temple Terrace chamber’s new president and chief executive officer, said she was happy to have them onboard.
The Beef O’Brady’s in Temple Terrace first opened on Feb. 27, 2012, in space previously occupied by a Blockbuster Video store. The restaurant’s first grand opening was held March 5, 2012.