Colin Breen, owner of Four Green Fields, an authentic Irish Pub in Tampa located on Platt Street, near the Bayshore Publix beat out the Columbia Group and six other companies bidding for the opportunity to open a restaurant in a city-owned space in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The 2,568-square-foot space is set to go under construction in approximately 6 weeks and is estimated to take 4 months to complete. The new version of this beloved pub, the only one in America with a true thatched roof, will include inside and outside pet-friendly seating and add a new dimension to Tampa's Riverwalk.

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Rendering from Four Green Fields Facebook Page

Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a recent statement, “The city received seven very enticing proposals but the Four Green Fields concept with a raw bar is exactly what downtown Tampa is craving. For over 25 years, Four Green Fields has been a tried and true staple in Tampa and their vision for the park seamlessly integrates with our busy event schedule while providing much needed additional food options."

Many fans of the thatched roof pub on Platt were concerned in 2015 when St. John's Episcopal Church purchased most of the block at 200 West Platt, including the property Four Green Fields occupies. This comes as great news for regulars and visitors alike, who come fall, have easy access with plenty of parking to an iconic Irish Pub on the Riverwalk.

The list of seven groups submitting proposals:

  1. Four Green Fields
  2. Columbia Food Services (Columbia Restaurant, Ulele, Goody Goody)
  3. El Goya LLC (Hula Bay)
  4. John Oraha (Sea Dog Cantina)
  5. Polycreative (Oktoberfest Tampa)
  6. Burton Holdings (Shake Shack in NYC, The Getaway, Hall on Franklin and more)
  7. Bill Rain/ Mark Newkirk (Newks Cafe and Station Grill in South Tampa)

We imagine this new concept, will be a designated bar and restaurant in Downtown Tampa authorized to provide the authorized adult beverage 'cups' allowed on the Riverwalk, and look forward to stopping into Four Green Fields 2.0 this fall for a pint of Guinness, nibbles and afters from their unique menu.  Find more interesting restaurants in Tampa, and things to do in Downtown Tampa on our site by clicking the links. Register as a user to review places you've been and share your local knowledge with visitors! (Cover photo Facebook)