Pacific Counter will bring its “good food and good vibes” when it opens its third location this summer in downtown Tampa.
Serving ready-to-order countertop creations and Build Your Own poke bowls, sushi burritos and a wide selection of drinks, the St. Petersburg restaurant is expanding its franchise to the deck after four years of research.
“When we started looking for locations in 2017, our search was focused on Tampa, but we ended up in downtown St. Pete, so it’s really nice to have the opportunity to go from forward with a location in Tampa now.” Eric Bialik, co-founder of Pacific Counter, wrote in a press release.
And they picked a nice spot in the heart of downtown Tampa to do it. The restaurant will be located at North Ashley Drive and West Tyler Street in the Modera Apartments building, just around the corner from The Riverwalk, Straz Center, Glazer Children’s Museum and the University of Tampa.
Bialik is no stranger to Tampa as he was the former general manager of Ciro’s Speakeasy near Bayshore and Grille One Sixteen on Dale Mabry Highway before opening Pacific Counter.
“I can’t wait to be back in Tampa, where I originally established myself in the restaurant industry,” Bialik said.
In addition to its food, favored by non-seafood eaters and vegetarians/vegans, the new Pacific Counter will feature a new ordering system with internal kiosks and a new digital ordering platform.
Pacific Counter’s St. Petersburg location has exploded since opening in 2018, becoming a favorite for many, leading them to operate during Rays baseball games, events like Enchant Christmas and the opening of a second location at Lakewood Ranch (coincidentally celebrating its first anniversary yesterday).
His bowls are widely known and have been recognized in Creative Loafing’s Best of The Bay Awards (“Best Poke Bowls”).
The owners aspire to open more locations and become an even more established business in the bay.
“We remain focused on our goal of serving great food and good vibes throughout the Tampa Bay area and ultimately would like to become one of Tampa Bay’s local brands with seven to ten locations throughout the area,” Chitthasack Noythanongsay, third co-Founder, says.
The new location is currently in the design phase and construction is expected to begin once the apartment building is complete in April.
Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.