Hulk Hogan Adds New Hot Spot to Tampa Bay Area

Hulk Hogan has added a new line to his resume: semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality and now Tampa restaurateur.

Hogan’s Beach made its debut with a huge masquerade party New Year’s Eve.

Located at the Best Western Bay Harbor hotel on the Courtney Campbell Parkway in a space that used to house Crabby Bill’s, the 20,000-square-foot restaurant has many moving parts, from a mechanical shark ride to a white sand beach.

Bollea said the 360-seat restaurant and bar, is”going to be Jimmy Buffett’s [Margaritaville] times 10; Hooters times 10.”

It definitely promises to be lively with volleyball courts, fire pits, a live music stage (first scheduled band: Sister Hazel for Valentine’s weekend), beach cabanas and huge deck, it requires a substantial staff, with 30 hired in the kitchen and 50 for the front of the house. And if Bollea gets his way, they’ll be joined by a film crew.

He hopes the restaurant will be the set for a new reality television show.