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Hulk Hogan Opens Hogan's Beach Restaurant in Tampa (For Real)

No, really. We're completely serious here. The Hulkster is opening a restaurant in Tampa and if you've got no New Year's eve plans you could start driving now and be able to celebrate at the New Year's Eve grand opening tonight (which is selling out quickly).

The 20,000 square-foot Hogan's Beach, located at the Best Western Bay Harbor on Courtney Campbell Parkway, is holding a New Year's Eve masquerade ball, complete with a mechanical shark ride, tiki huts, volleyball courts, and fire pits.

As for food? Well, there's no menu available for perusal yet, but Hogan told the Tampa Bay Times, "It's going to be Jimmy Buffett's [Margaritaville] times 10; Hooters

times 10. It's a logical extension of the Hogan brand, with my image and


Here's the official restaurant description:

"Fresh Local Seafood! Mouth Watering Steaks & Chops! Sushi Bar! Award

Winning Entrees! Tiki Bar! New Outdoor Stage for Beachside Concerts!

Award-winning Chefs and Bartenders! 30 Beers on Tap! 20 Wines by the


You really want specifics? Does it matter? You're partying with the Hulk in Tampa, not dining at The French Laundry, bro!

So, by the description, we're expecting hot

bandana-and-latex-wearing ring girls serving us wings, tequila, and 30 beers on tap while

we ride a mechanical shark.  As long as the bar is open, it sounds like a

decent enough night.

To be fair, Hogan did hire CIA grad Robert Uzzillia was hired as food and beverage director for the hotel

and restaurant.. Hogan once opened a restaurant, Pasta Mania, in Minnesota.


course, if Hulk Hogan is involved, a camera is never too far away, so

the wrestler/fashion icon is shopping a new reality show based around

the restaurant to CMT.

Here's the Hulk being his typical shy self:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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