An iconic Tampa restaurant known for good food at fair prices is back after a 25-year hiatus.
Aunt Hattie's has been resurrected by the founder's grandson, with a new concept, but the same southern hospitality. Hattie's Cafe is "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
Bruce Boore lines his new restaurant walls with memories from his family's past.
"We have the staff from the from the mid 1950s."
Bruce's grandfather started Aunt Hattie's in 1939 in St. Petersburg, serving fried chicken and hamburgers. The restaurant soon grew to a full menu.
"A complete meal two vegetables, salad, rolls, beverage, appetizers,desert, and that was for a dollar, and there was three cent tax at that time," said Frank Boore.
Frank Boore is Bruce's father. He was 14 years old when he first started working at the landmark restaurant.
"Two hours usually, they would wait. We didn't have little beepers like they have today. They stood in line."
Bruce said his father Frank used publicity stunts to promote the eatery.
"One time he brought in a truck load of snow from New York into the parking lot. Trade a truck load of oranges for a truck load of snow set it up for kids to go skiing down a little ramp that they built."
Bruce, a trained chef, had a life-changing experience that lead him to open up Hattie's Cafe.
"I found myself part of the economical downsizing. I always wanted to open a cafe and thought that those two things combined made for a perfect combination. To do what I always wanted to do, which was to follow in my father footsteps and his father footsteps."
The antics and southern cooking are gone, replaced with soup and sandwiches, and a fresh bakery.
They still roast their own coffee and make fresh orange juice.
"I want and try and give people the same kind of quality that they got in Aunt Hattie's," Bruce says.
A quality that he hopes will live on for generations to come.
Bruce now has his son working with him, which makes for the 4th generation to be a part of Hattie's.
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