Another local live music bar has closed it’s doors.
TREASURE ISLAND: Another local live music bar has closed it’s doors. Wahoo’s on the Island Bar and Grill, located at 145 107th Ave., closed it’s doors on April 10th following the Seven Nations show.
Opened in August of 2009 and owned by long time Treasure Island residents Gail and Les Byrne, Wahoo’s on the Island Bar and Grill offered fine food and drink in a casual tropical atmosphere. Wahoo’s had also became a popular live music bar that featured several local Tampa Bay bands. Stormbringer, Rebel Pride, Phoenix, the Dive Bar Stalkers, Sweet Spot, Horses Wild, Kickin’ Again, Bus Stop, The Stones (Rolling Stones tribute band), The Red Sunday, and many more have all played at Wahoo’s.
“We’re just closing another chapter in the book of adventures that Les and I have had over the 30 years we have been together. We were just so naive and trustworthy when we entered this business by default. Having owned the shopping center, we thought that keeping the restaurant open was very important and that with the right management, we could still do the things we wanted to…WRONG! After doing some soul searching recently, we decided you can buy a lot of things in life, but not time, and that is what lead us to abruptly shut the doors, even though the business has grown extensively and appears to be the happening spot on most weekends, with standing room only…We will miss you all dearly.” – Gail Byrne, Wahoo’s co-owner.
Gail and Les plan to do some extensive traveling, starting off with a long awaited trip to Ireland and then to spend the summer in North Carolina. After their traveling endeavors, Gail & Les plan on moving into their penthouse at LaBellaVita some time this year. Gail intends to work with her son, Shawn, in Real Estate.
As far as the future goes for Wahoo’s, Gail had this to say:
“Don’t be surprised if Wahoo’s re-opens shortly with new owners. We have buyers who are extremely interested in the establishment.”
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