I live in the Heights. In the early morning of February 18th I woke around 3AM certain I smelled smoke. I thought someone was smoking in my back yard. Maybe my insomniac neighbor was up walking the alley and smoking? I couldn’t get back to sleep. Then the helicopters began, low and loud. It was the night fire consumed Domani’s Bistro and A Modern Line.
Seminole Heights is recovering in many ways: from economic down turns and from the recent fire. We’re learning to be strong by working together as community and neighbors. Various neighborhood groups are working together in new ways: the Heights Collective and the Business Guild in coordination with the Seminole Heights Foundation are providing funds to support Domani’s employees and A Modern Line in this transition time of re-building.
Christie Hess, the President of the Seminole Heights Foundation, reports on their website, “We have issued checks to four Domani’s employees in the amount they received in the latest paycheck. Additionally, we are issuing a check A Modern Line to cover a substantial part of payment required to secure their new space lease.” And our largest neighborhood association, OSHNA, is providing financial support to enable both businesses to stay in Seminole Heights.
People speak nostalgically of a time when neighbors knew one another. Here in Seminole Heights it’s not a thing of the past. In fact neighbors were waiting at the site of the fire with towels and gloves ready to help the clean up before David Call, owner of A Modern Line arrived to inspect damage from the fire. And that’s the real story. Hardships happen, they can be tragic and devastating. We don’t have control as to when they strike, but how we respond and rebuild?… That, we do. And community, like what Richard Mullins describes in his Feb 23rd Tampa Tribune piece “We can help a neighbor rise from the ashes”, makes a world of difference.
LIKE TO HELP?
Check out the The Heights Collective Facebook page
Donate money to the Fire Relief Fund through the Seminole Heights Foundation
Buy a Heights Unites T-shirt at The Health Mutt or Sherry’s YesterDaze Vintage Clothing and Antiques. All t-shirt proceeds are donated to employees and to help the businesses re-open in Seminole Heights. T-shirts can be purchase at the following locations:
- The Health Mutt 6116 N Central AvenueTampa, Florida 33604 (813) 231-3137
- Sherry’s YesterDaze 5207 North Florida AvenueTampa, FL 33603 (813) 231-2020
★ March 9 & 10th and other weekends: Lemonade Stand: 1226 E Park Circle for lemonade and cookies
★ Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:30PM. Riverside Dinner to Benefit Domani Bistro and A Modern Line Recovery Fund
818 E. Hollywood St. Tampa, FL
Hosts Tom and Daisy Jones whip up a delicious four-course meal on the beautiful Hillsborough River. 100% of proceeds to the Seminole Heights Foundation, earmarked for Domani and A Modern Line Relief Fund
Join us on the Hillsborough River, for good food, the fun of friends and that special Seminole Heights sense of community- as we seek to raise funds to support Domani Bistro and A Modern Line recover from the devastating fire.
Daisy brings her 18 years experience in the restaurant industry, and skills running a restaurant serving European Continental cuisine, to prepare this delightful meal.
$50/per person – Make check payable to the Seminole Heights Foundation
Seats are LIMITED to 20- RSVP required by March 10 – 813-237-4445
This event is possible thanks to the generous food contributions from Culinary Specialties, Inc. and Seminole Heights restaurant, The Front Porch Grille & Bar
★ Saturday, March 15th. Veterans supporting our community with Dinner & Entertainment
Dinner Served 5pm to 8pm
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 424
105 West Broad Street
Tampa, Florida 33604
VFW Post 424 is sponsoring a benefit for the employees of Domani Bistro & Lounge of Seminole Heights.
50/50 Raffle and other surprises
Food will be prepared by Domani’s chef Chino and crew.
Domani’s Signature Dish:Grilled Chicken Marsala Cream
Salad and Bread
Come and enjoy the food, fun and entertainment and support a good cause.
★ Tuesday, March 17: Rinascita: A 13th Step Dinner!
Ella’s Americana Folkart Cafe
Rinascita means “rebirth” in Italian, and, from the funds raised at this benefit dinner, we hope to see Domani and A Modern Line reborn in our neighborhood.
In an unprecedented line-up of local culinary greats, Chefs Greg Baker of The Refinery, Suzanne Crouch of Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe , Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till , Lori Staczewicz of Mermaid Tavern , and Michael Bozel of The Bourgeois Pig are set to craft a decadent and unique five-course meal.
In addition to beautiful and delicious food, we’ll have the supremely talented Denise Moore for a live jazz performance.
Tickets are $100 each. There are only 50 seats available for this one-of-a-kind dinner and this event is sold out.
This event is generously sponsored by Heights Equity, LLC.
★ Saturday, March 22nd for the Benefit Bonanza at Florida Avenue Ales from 4-11PM.
The Heights Unites Benefit Bonanza!
Florida Avenue Brewing Company
The Bonanza is a day and night festival with food trucks and vendors by Tampa Bay Markets, Inc. , local brews by Florida Avenue Ales, local artists and crafters, a homemade bake sale, yoga, and lots of surprises–some *we* don’t even know about yet!
And, in addition to all this fantastic festival fun, there will be LIVE performances by incredibly talented local musicians:
– Florida Night Heat
– Matt Hires
– Empire Cinema
– Genghis Flan
– Mike Handley
– Nicole Equerme
…with more announcements still to come!
Mark the date on your calendar and plan to come out, folks. So much fun to be had–all while helping your neighbors when they need it most!
Kids get in for FREE! Tickets are $15. Buy them online at www.heightsunites.com.
★ March 1st until March 31: CREATIVE LOAFING DEALS
The Heights Collective has partnered with Creative Loafing Tampa to bring EXCLUSIVE CL Deals to benefit those affected by the fire at Domani Bistro and A Modern Line.
You can purchase amazing 50% off gift certificates to loads of awesome Heights businesses and restaurants. We have deals for an array of restaurants and grocers:
The deals will be super easy to purchase:
1. Access http://cltampa.com/tampa/SeminoleHeightsBenefit/Page.
2. Select one or more deals that you’re interested in buying.
3. Complete the purchase online.
4. Bring the deal coupon (printed or via mobile device) to the establishment.
CL Deals are sold at 50% of their redeemable value–that means if you buy a $20 gift certificate, you only pay $10.
Volunteers on February 18th
Photo Credit BGoSH
Staff writers at The Tampa Tribune, Feb 19, 2014 article
Dan Sullivan, Tampa Tribune, Feb 18, 2014 article
Richard Mullins, Tampa Tribune, Feb 23, 2014 article
Elizabeth Parker, Tampa Bay Times, Feb 21, 2014 article