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No More Munchie's: Troubled Bar Replaced By New Pizzeria

An Orlando-based restaurateur is turning the former Munchie's Grill & Bar into an Italian eatery.

Munchie's Grill & Bar, a hot spot off Indian Rocks Road that drew more attention for its clientele and police reports than its food and drink, is being replaced with a new restaurant.

An Orlando restaurateur is opening Anthony’s Pizzeria, an Italian eatery, in the old Munchies location at 3534 Adrian Ave., according to an employee.

Arthur Kaba said the owner of the franchise is planning to open six locations in the area, including one on East Bay Drive, in the near future. 

“These guys who own the company mean business. They do everything the right way,” Kaba said as he was renovating Munchie's last week.

“They own 19 restaurants in the Orlando area, and everything is about quality. They know what they’re doing. That’s why they have success.” 

Kaba said they hope to have the first restaurant, which will feature pizza, Italian dishes plus beer and wine, open within a few weeks.

He also said they are aware of the problems that plagued Munchie's over the years; Kaba said he has been fielding questions from concerned neighbors since he began working on the building a few weeks ago.

“People ask if we’re going to be a bar and I say no, it’s going to be a nice sit-down restaurant,” he said. 

“This is just what this neighborhood needs.”

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  • Is Munchie's Open For Business?
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What do you think about the new restaurant replacing Munchie's, Largo? Let us know in the comments below.

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G. Hatfield May 31, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Largo only has 40 italian restaurants and pizza shops in the city limits. Ya its just what Largo needs haha!
SW Largo Watch/Cleanup May 31, 2013 at 02:06 PM
As the local Neighborhood Watch we WELCOME Anthony's into the neighborhood. To any naysayers, we'll personally let the prior bar owners know that you desire a different type of business in the area and send the drug/thug/stippers to a vacant location on your street. Does that work for you?
Tina Marie May 31, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I agree with the watch, WELCOME Anthony's! I'm looking forward to a neighborhood place to commiserate with neighbors again. This neighborhood is finally cleaning up, and isn't going to stop anytime soon. :)
christine May 31, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I personally welcome this venue onto Adrian. Since losing Pastinos a couple years ago, there hasn't been much in the ways of a good, quality italian eatery. My wishes are that they won't allow themselves to get distracted by the lack lusture locals and remain determined to promote "FRESH" quality, unique dishes at a fair price. We look forward to supporting this type of establishment into our neighborhood. (being a long term resident on Adrian)~
christine May 31, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Welcome to my neighborhood! Since we lost Pastinos a couple of years ago, we've remained in desparate need of a quality establishment in our area. Hoping it offers fresh quality & unique dishes at a fair price. (There are still a few of us that don't mind paying for this in trade)... To me cleaniness, freshness & remaining consistant is all it will take to be a success! Good Luck Mr. Kaba!
Ed Bender May 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Living only a couple blocks up the street it is great news. Welcome to Largo and much success.
Naomi May 31, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Unfortunately most of them stink.
Kenny Ennis May 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Good luck that's what it will take.I hope it dose.
SW Largo Watch/Cleanup June 04, 2013 at 01:47 PM
For those who need reference as to what we went through with the old owner: http://largo.patch.com/articles/munchie-s-opens-again
Lgo June 25, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Looking forward to a refreshing change. Good luck to the new enterprise.

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