Biff Burger & Buffy’s BBQ / FacebookSince the mid-1950’s Tampa Bay’s final remaining Biff Burger has been slinging milkshakes, patty melts and iconic flame-broiled burgers out of its 5,000 square-foot constructing that includes the idea’s unique W-shaped roof and checkered exterior.
Sadly, these days are historical past because the final Biff Burger location in Tampa Bay is closing. All remaining property of St. Petersburg’s Biff Burger at 3939 forty ninth St. N. in St. Petersburg—together with its accompanying Buffy’s BBQ—shall be auctioned off on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Its Facebook web page says “we’ll be again,” however besides for the constructing itself shall be up for sale— together with indicators, decor, and kitchen tools.
“On behalf of the proprietor/principal previous to the demolition and property redevelopment, we have now been commissioned to promote your complete asset stock of this native landmark burger bar, ” the auction web site states.
In line with St. Pete Catalyst, Justin Basil of Tampa-based Rockwell Investments bought the burger spot and adjoining BBQ joint for slightly over one million earlier this yr, and supposed to proceed enterprise as regular.
For many years, there have been solely two remaining Biff Burgers within the nation: one in St. Petersburg and a sibling restaurant in Greensboro, North Carolina.All through the ’50s and ’60s the Clearwater-based burger chain unfold like wildfire throughout the southeastern a part of the nation, in addition to up the East Coast. The enlargement was short-lived, as many of the areas closed by the late-’80’s on account of Miami-based Burger King’s domination of Florida, and then the remainder of the nation.Regardless of having a number of house owners since its inception, the outside of Biff Burger has remained unchanged all through the a long time. The native tradition surrounding the roadside burger joint has attracted bikers, basic automotive followers and scorching rods from from everywhere in the Bay space. Biff Burger additionally began internet hosting a weekly flea market when its neighbor Wagon Wheel closed in early 2020.
Final summer time, the long-lasting restaurant temporarily closed on account of sanitation violations—and buyer evaluations on-line continued to state that the standard of meals and service had continued to go downhill. In 2018, there was a foreclosure lawsuit between former house owners George and Sandra Musser then-current proprietor Raphael Prezioso, wherein the Musser’s said that Biff Burger was “deteriorating each bodily and in patronage and fame,” on account of mismanagement by Prezioso and his household. Some longtime clients agreed.
Regardless of rising unfavourable evaluations over current years, St. Petersburg will nonetheless mourn the lack of an iconic restaurant that is been serving its surrounding group for over 65 years. Because the auction web site states, the constructing shall be demolished someday after its tools and decor are auctioned off next week, however the way forward for its historic location stays unknown.
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