TAMPA — City Hall received seven proposals in response to its invitation to put a restaurant next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and the company it picked — Irish pub Four Green Fields — offered the most money.
“I’m happy with the selection we got at Curtis Hixon,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who had indicated before this week’s announcement that price would probably drive the city’s choice. “They were creative. Some financially were better for the city than others. … There were some legitimate, credible and serious folks who bid.”
A city spread sheet breaking down the terms of each proposal shows Four Green Fields offered to pay rent of $89,880 a year — or $35 a square foot — fora city-owned building on the south side of the park that is now used for public rest rooms and Parks Department offices.