Green Iguana’s business history has been nothing short of roller coaster-like over these past few months.
In early May, the Tampa bar and restaurant franchise closed the doors on their only waterfront location in St. Petersburg. It wasn’t all bad news, though, since the franchise opened a brand new bar and restaurant location inside the Tampa International Airport just a few weeks later.
Now, the up-and-down saga continues as the Tampa Bay Times reports that Westshore’s Stadium Green Iguana and its neighboring outdoor concert venue, Hawaiian Village will both close their doors by the end of the week.
Green Iguana officials say the closure has nothing to do with the restaurant’s performance.
“This is not our decision. Unfortunately the property has been sold and the new owners of the property are putting a car dealership in this space,” Green Iguana operating partner Alan Fosco said in a statement earlier this week.
Wednesday night’s concert featuring rappers Machine Gun Kelly and Tech N9ne will be the venue’s last. The July 7 show featuring reggae act Luciano is expected to move to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, another similar outdoor concert venue.
Stadium Green Iguana, located in the Westshore District just south of Raymond James Stadium, opened its doors about two years ago. Hawaiian Village became a solid concert venue shortly after and has hosted concerts from Korn, Rusko, Rick Ross, Paul Oakenfold, Gwar, and many more in its short-lived existence.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Green Iguana is currently searching for a new location. The company will be reassigning managers for the time being and trying to keep as many employees as possible.