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|| N E WS || Local Road Study Looks for Traffic Solutions
Hillsborough residents are interested in a more direct route
to shops, restaurants, churches and jobs just across the county line in Pasco. About 100 people attended a public meeting on May 22nd at Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus to discuss a 450-page draft of the Wesley Chapel Road Connection Study. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore and consultants with AECOM presented an executive summary of the study’s findings. The study looks at the pros and cons of four alternatives for road connections, without making a recommendation. THE CHOICES ARE: 1. no-build 2. linking Mansfield Boulevard with Kinnan Street 3. linking Mansfield and Kinnan, as well as extending Meadow Pointe Boulevard to Hillsborough County 4. linking Mansfield and Kinnan, extending Meadow Pointe Boulevard and extending Wyndfields Moore said he favors the Meadow Pointe extension, which would link to a future road in K-Bar Ranch. A count of residents’ preferences from a 2017 public meeting showed that road project had strong support. “I’ve got to be concerned about my residents here in Pasco County,” Moore said.
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asco County issued a stop work order at Epperson, after a routine county fire inspection found 19 structures lacked building permits. Pasco County building officials were notified of the problem immediately, and the stop work order issued the same day. Representatives of Metro Development Group, which is developing Epperson, met with building officials about the permits, and permit applications are being pursued. The county will assess penalties by doubling the cost of the permit fees. Some of the structures weren’t placed on the initial site plan submitted a year ago but Metro Development has provided new drawings which include the structures. Building inspections, including plumbing and electrical, are done by a private company, which then files reports with the county. Epperson officials released this statement: “The Crystal Lagoon at Epperson unfortunately did not open as we all hoped on May 19th. Here’s why: This is the first-ever Crystal Lagoon in the United States, and while exciting, that means the review processes are all new, and that is requiring more certifications. We know this is disappointing, and we apologize. We are working closely with Pasco County partners, and we appreciate their diligence. Meanwhile, we are doing everything we can to welcome everyone to the lagoon as soon as possible.”
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Roller Hockey National Tournament Comes to Wesley Chapel
he 2018 Roller Hockey National Championships are scheduled to run July 10th – 15th at Florida Hospital Center ice in Wesley Chapel. Teams from around the world have qualified for the right to compete in the finals. Roller hockey is a form of hockey played on a dry surface using wheeled skates. Most professional inline hockey games take place on an indoor or outdoor sport court (a type of plastic interlinking tiles used to create a skating surface). The term "Roller hockey" is often used interchangeably to refer to three variant forms chiefly differentiated by the equipment used. There is traditional "Roller hockey" (Quad hockey, Rink hockey), played with quad skates and a ball (without contact), "Inline hockey", played with inline skates and puck (without contact) and "Skater hockey", played with quad skates or inline skates and plastic ball (with contact like ice
The public is welcome to attend and watch tournaments. Games are played back-to-back. FLORIDA HOSPITAL CENTER ICE 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 hockey). Combined, roller hockey is played in nearly 60 countries worldwide. Each year the U.S. roller hockey season culminates with the National Tournament. This tournament is generally 8-10 days in length. The tournament is composed of qualified teams from around the country and the world. Each team participating in this tournament must have qualified at one of the Regional Qualifying tournaments.
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Keeping Dogs Cool and Hydrated for Summer
BY ANGELA ARDOLINO
s we change our calendars from June, to July, and later to August, the heat can become unbearable. Staying hydrated and cool during the summer can be a struggle-- and that is just as a (relatively) fur-free human! For man’s best friend, however, the summer can be even harder. Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat, so staying cool can be a challenge. Combine that with walking barefoot on hot asphalt and you have the recipe for an overheated, tired pup. Although most dogs, regardless of breed or fluff factor, can handle warm climates, some breeds may require a little bit extra TLC in the heat. Fortunately, there simple ways that you can keep your dog hydrated and cool so that you can both enjoy the summer outdoors together.
Keep Your Pup Hydrated
If you are planning an afternoon out or a longer walk, make sure to pack a bottle of water and a water bowl. A collapsible water bowl can fit right in your pocket and is easy to pack for long road-trips. Keeping your dog hydrated may seem painfully obvious, but it is easy to forget that dogs need more water than usual during the summer. Although dogs usually only need an ounce of water per pound of their body weight per day, during the summer that can increase -especially for younger pups and females. When outside, your dog may also prefer smaller amounts of water over a longer period of time.
Schedule Walks During Cooler Times of Day
To avoid overheating, pay attention to the time of day that you are taking your longer walks. Just like you don’t want to be outside at noon, when the sun is blazing highest, your pooch doesn’t want to be out either. Early morning and evenings are a great time to get outside for a nice long walk.
Grooming Goes a Long Way
If your dog has a thicker, longer coat, regular grooming can help them tolerate the summer heat. Not only will grooming keep your dog nice and clean after they have spent afternoons romping outside, but it can help your pet regulate his or her temperature.
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Your dog’s undercoat can provide protection against UV rays and can insulate against heat -- but, if the undercoat is matted and not maintained, it cannot do its job properly. Between regular grooming, brush your dog to keep their undercoat healthy.
Offer Your Pooch Some Perks
Playing outside seems like a perk enough to some pet parents, but during the hot summer months, even the dog park can be exhausting. To make outside play more fun, offer your dog a cool, wet towel to lay on. Filling a kiddie pool with water for your dog is another way to perk them up. Giving your dog cold treats is another way to combat the heat. If you live near water, like a safe lake or dog beach, let your dog play in the water to cool down. If you plan to board your pet during the summer, make sure that they are somewhere inside and are given the opportunity to play outside in a cool, shaded area. For example, pets boarded through Beautify the Beast at Fire Flake Farm get to run and play in a spring fed lake during the summer.
Pickup from the Pavement
The air above pavement can be up to 10 degrees hotter than the air above grass. If just the AIR is that much hotter, imagine how painful it would be to stand on that pavement without any shoes. Before exposing your pooch’s paw pads to hot pavement, reach down and touch it. If it is hot enough to give you pause (or, rather, paws), it is too hot for
Heat stroke in a dog can look different than heat stroke in a human. A normal temperature for a dog is up to 101.5 -- any higher than that is a cause for concern. If your dog is experiencing rapid breathing and panting, muscle tremors, fatigue, or excess salivation, they may be having a heat stroke. If they are staggering or seem to be acting unusual, bring them inside and call your vet. You can cool your dog down during a heat stroke with cool water and by wrapping them with cold, wet towels. Avoid trying to drop the dog’s temperature too suddenly, as this can be dangerous. Always remember to call the vet if your dog is exhibiting these behaviors and may be overheated.
A Few More Tips
• Dogs with shorter noses and long, thick coats may be less comfortable as the temperatures rise. Dogs with a shorter nose, like bulldogs or pugs, have a much smaller nasal passage which affects their ability to regulate their body temperature. Although these breeds tend to have shorter, thinner coats, they should still be monitored a little bit extra for signs of heat stroke. • NEVER leave your dog in a hot car. • Don’t leave your dog tied up outside in the heat. • Keep your house nice and cool inside so that pets have a reprieve from the heat. • Use common sense. If you would overheat and become exhausted, your dog probably would too. There aren’t many humans who would want to be tied up and left outside all day, locked in a hot car, left outside with no water, and given no way to cool down.
For more information on keeping your dog safe and happy this summer, visit https://beautifythebeast.com/dog-blog/. ____________________________________ Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years. She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast a natural pet salon and spa. She has three dogs, and 4-10 at anytime that she is fostering, or boarding, visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more or www. facebook.com/fireflakefarm to find out more about Fire Flake Farm. JUNE 2018
Garden July, 2018
What to Plant
Annuals/Bedding plants: Summer annuals to plant now include celosia, coleus, torenia, and ornamental pepper. Bulbs: Butterfly lily and gladiolus can be planted during the middle of summer. See Herbs: While summer is too hot to start herbs from seeds, many do well if started from small plants. Palms: Continue planting palms while the rainy season is in full swing. Support large palms with braces for 6â€“8 months after planting. Nails should not be driven directly into a palm trunk. Vegetables: Start your Halloween pumpkins this month, but watch out for mildew diseases. Okra and Southern peas can also be planted.
What to Do
Trees: Prepare for hurricane season by checking trees for damaged or weak branches and pruning if needed. Hire an ISA-certified arborist. Lawns: Determine the cause of any lawn problems before taking action. If an insect is the culprit, treat only the affected area. Rule out disease or sprinkler malfunction. Fertilizer Bans: Some municipalities in central Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (Juneâ€“September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area. Vegetable garden: Use summer heat to solarize the vegetable garden for fall planting. It takes 4â€“6 weeks to kill weeds, disease, and nematodes, so start now. Azaleas: Prune no later than mid-July to protect developing buds for next spring's bloom. Irrigation: Install an inexpensive rain shutoff device to save money by overriding an irrigation system when it rains. If one is already installed, check that it is operating properly. Pests on ornamental plants: Inspect the leaves of azaleas and ornamental plants for small white dots that may indicate lace bugs at work. Spray forcefully with water to help control this pest. Citrus: Check citrus trees for damage to fruit or leaves and take action to minimize the effect of insects and/or disease on developing fruit and the overall health of the tree.
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The Gratitude Professor Foundation will also be releasing other Medal of Honor Hero programs later this year such as, Operation Front Line Hero, for those that would like to honor active military personnel, Operation Family Heroes, which provides everyone the opportunity to honor all those family members who are the pillars of the family while the Hero serves. The Foundation will also be releasing its first non-military program, Operation Protect & Serve to honor our First Responders; Police, Fire & Rescue, Doctors, Nurses and Emergency Medical Personnel. The Gratitude Professor Foundation is a “Gold” certified nonprofit as governed and rated by GuideStar and their rating and profile can be found at https://www. guidestar.org/profile/82-2627770. For more information or if you would like to support their Gratitude Mission, you can go to their website at www. gratitudeprofessor.org or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow them on social media: Facebook:@gratitudeprofessorfoundation Twitter: @gratitudeproorg Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/ gratitudeprofessorfoundation Instagram: gratitudeproorg Pintrest: gratitudeprofessorfoundation
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Where are you based? Tampa has been my home since 2013 and based on our corporate mission, of the approximately 21.8 million Military Veterans, there are 1.55 million in Florida. What better place to create our base of operations then the Tampa Bay area to love on and give back to our American Heroes. What is your education (where, which institutions, etc.) Attended Strayer University 1984, studied Business Administration and Computer Science What “drives” you to do what you do? Having grown up in a military family with my father serving more than 30 years in the United States Air Force, and myself having served for over 12 years as a Federal Agent, it is now my life’s work to Love-on, Give Back, Honor and Serve all those that have selflessly and bravely served and continue to defend and serve Our Great Nation. When did you KNOW that this profession was what you wanted to do with your life? From a spiritual perspective, for more than 35 years, I have been asking God the question “What is the unique gift that you have placed in me that you want to share with the world”? It wasn’t until I turned 50 and was blessed with a beautiful baby boy that God provided the answer. My son taught me my most valuable lesson, to be the best man, father, husband and community leader that I can be and to leave him a legacy that he can be proud of when I am gone. The legacy that I want to leave is to teach other, through my actions, to be humble and kind, and to love, give, honor and serve so that we can all leave this place better than we found it. What type of biographical information would you like for the reader to know? I.e., where are you from, what brought you to this area, do you have a family, what part of Tampa do you live, what does your spouse do for a living, etc? • Retired in 2017 after 32 years of corporate and Federal service • Born in Paris, France in 1964 • Grew up in the Washington DC area since 1968 • Moved to Tampa, Florida in 2013, residing in New Tampa with my beautiful wife Ann and my awesome three boys, Michael 14, Brendan 12 and Grayson 3 ½. • Relocated for my wife's new job • Ann now works and The Tampa Club as the membership director Do you have a specific “mantra” for your life or for your business? My “Mantra” for life and my new business is “Love, Give, Honor and Serve” 2653 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Suite 108-212 Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 www.gratitudeprofessor.org • 813-476-1952
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Mr. Tommy the van outside! I was the main writer, I booked our shows, my van was the one that carried the gear, and we rehearsed at my house. It was a big burden but that’s what I did. We did get very popular, and ended up playing shows with Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poison, Blondie, and many more. We would sell out Hollywood
be a musician for a living. Don’t get me wrong, it was and is not easy and I've made many mistakes and experienced setbacks and disappointments, but I seemed to have survived so far! I have always been a “Working Musician”. Never got real rich or famous, but it has made me really appreciate what I have and have been able to do. My inspiration came from my parents, but there was always something coming from within that moved me forward. Not sure what it is, but I felt it and still do. Q: Were there any obstacles you had to overcome in getting to where you are today as a musician? A: Yes…the life of a musician as with any other career is full of obstacles. It’s how you overcome and push through or around those setbacks and
venues for 3 nights straight, having a lot of the aforementioned bands opening for us! We got signed to MCA records, made an album, toured a bit with Bryan Adams…it was a big push for about 10 years and it started to feel not so good. Q: When did you first decide to pursue a career in music? Was there someone who inspired you to follow that path? A: I didn’t “decide” to pursue a career in music, I just did it. I spent hours every day playing guitar - it’s what I did. Songs were always in my head and heart, so I started writing songs around age 5 or 6. My life revolved around music and practicing and writing pretty much from the beginning. I just kind of blindly pushed forward without ever really thinking of failure or not being able to
disappointments that separates you from the others that don’t quite get where they want to go. It’s how many times you can hear the word “No” and not give up, get hit and get back up, be rejected and try again, come to a roadblock and make a new road around it. I feel like the setbacks are eventually what have you re-think and move forward in a new way. Q: What was it like touring the world as Lead Guitarist for Eddie Money? Is there one experience or place that really stood out or left an effect on you? A: I was doing a lot of studio work for various other artists at the time, met Eddie at one of the studios, and then joined his band in 1986. It was a super time as the first tour was the “Take Me Home Tonight” world tour. Those were
Q: Why do what you do? What is your goal in what the children take away from their experience with you? A: I do what I do because it is what I do and have always done. I have always been a musician, and have been entertaining and working with kids for many years. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I visited Cerebral Palsy homes, underprivileged kids, and hospitals playing and singing. Here in Tampa I have regularly visited The Metropolitan Ministries Homeless Shelter, Tampa General Hospital, St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and more doing the same. I can’t really explain it except in saying that it is easy for me to “reach” kids and make them happy. My goal is to help kids to learn new things, become a bit more brave and open, feel kooky, happy and bright, and to make parents feel happy as well. Q: Could you provide some background information on where you came from, or any personal details about your life growing up? A: I was born in Detroit, Michigan to a father who was in the military and corporate worlds (that’s where I got the discipline to complete countless hours of practice) and a mother who was (is) an entertainer and singer. She used to open for big acts in the Detroit area. We were always singing and playing in our house. In elementary school, my younger siblings and I naturally sang 3-part harmony and had a band. We were working kids with steady gigs. We played pizza parlors, carnivals, store openings, talent shows, a couple of TV shows, traveling shows and more. However, it was a grind for such young kids, so it ended when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I had a band called Smile starting in high school. We worked our butts off doing backyard parties and 5 sets a night in beer bars around Southern California. We were underage, and couldn’t stay in the clubs in between sets so we just did our homework in 20 Wesley Chapel Magazine
crazy times...but thankfully fly fishing, running, and exploring each city that I was in was more important than being hung over all the time. I have been playing with Eddie Money for over 30 years, and there are few places that I haven't been. I have to say that after being all over the earth, the US is still my favorite. I of course have been to every state and every major city in this country. There is something wonderful about each place and something maybe not so wonderful. I still do some shows with Eddie here and there, but Mr. Tommy has become much more important to me for many reasons. Q: When did you start your business as Mr. Tommy, and how did you come up with the idea? A: As I mentioned, I have always been a writer/composer, including doing a lot of background music for many TV shows, movies, and commercials. I’ve always played for kids as well as adults at big shows. It was when I had MY kids that the focus became apparent, and the songs that started to come out were songs for my kids, who are the most important thing in my life. Every night while putting my them to bed, I (and sometimes we) would make up a new little song and sing it. It was when my kids' friends started to hear the songs and wanted to hear them over and over, and started calling me “Mr. Tommy” that the ball really started rolling. I donned the top hat, and it was now “Mr. Tommy” who was visiting Metropolitan Ministries and the hospitals...then my kids' school classes...a natural progression. The first Mr. Tommy album was made, then it was off to the races! I would say that “Mr. Tommy” started in 2004 or 2005. Then came “Mr. Tommy’s Mobile Music Bus” which is a “Mobile Music and Exercise Classroom on wheels” and another facet of what Mr. Tommy Presents does. I don’t believe we have enough space here to go too far into that, except to say that it is an ongoing, ever changing, awesome musical education for toddlers to about 7 years. There is an awesome video on MrTommyPresents.com that pretty much explains it all. Q: What is your favorite part about working with and teaching the children that visit your shows and Mobile Music Bus? A: I’d have to say that my favorite part is seeing kids light up and discover new things, doing it in a fun active atmosphere and sharing it all with their parents. I hear my favorite line all the JUNE 2018
time: “I did it!” I love helping kids and parents to laugh, sing, open up, and be happy. Q: Have you considered doing what you do for adults? What would you like parents to know about Mr. Tommy Presents? A: Yes, I am thinking of doing a Mr. Tommy “sit set” where I would play some of MY favorite “adult” songs with guitar, banjo, and ukulele along with some children's songs at a nice mellow family event. That is what I am doing in the little spare time that I have...getting ready for that, to see if families might like it. I also know that this could translate very well to the “Big Kids” at the assisted living homes and such. I think it would be a blast. I am also planning on having group “family” Ukulele classes as I have a new line of Mr. Tommy Ukuleles that just came out. I would like parents to know that there is something special to do with your toddlers through 6 or 7-year olds that is not computer games or TV, but real, in person live family entertainment. The Mr. Tommy events have gotten very popular and I am very, very thankful to The Shops at Wiregrass for giving me the monthly platform in “The Wiregrass Ranchers Kids Club with Mr. Tommy” to build it up. We are all lucky to have a place like The Shops at Wiregrass that hosts many free family special events like the Kids Club and many more. Mr. Tommy has 5 Albums, the newest being the recent release and very popular “Make a Wish (On a Falling Star)” These are available at the events, MrTommyPresents.com, on iTunes, Amazon, and more. Mr. Tommy also has a brand new line of Ukuleles which are high quality “starter” instruments at a great price! I have been asked too many times “What instrument should I purchase for my child to get them going?” Then I try to explain and send parents off to find what they can while never being sure about what they are getting. I am happy to say I’m here to help and that they are selling like hot cakes!
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July 14 – 15 PAVA hosts two premier indoor art shows each year. The Cool Art Show, now approaching it’s 30th year, is held in July at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum in downtown St. Pete. The 2Cool Art Show, now in it’s 7th year, is held at the historic Gulfport Casino on the waterfront in Gulfport. Open only to PAVA members, both are juried shows, ensuring a presentation of the highest quality fine art and fine craft the area has to offer. www.pava-artists.org
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veryone looks at home value sites like Zillow to determine home value. It’s true, sales histories along with location perimeters (information used by Zillow) are the main factors in determining home value. However, there are items that impact value that automatic value systems simply cannot know about without having personally visited the home. In any market analysis or appraisal adjustments to the comparable homes are made since no two homes that are exactly alike. In the analysis, it is up to the Appraiser to make the comparable property ‘to be like’ the subject property. They do this by subtracting value from a comparable for an item the subject property does not have – or vice versa, adding value to a comparable for an item the subject property has and the comparable property does not. Confusing? Of course!
Key, operational components to a home give value. These would include:
What about my Upgrades?
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Real Estate Agents hear homeowners proclaiming, “My home is much better than that home because of…..” as they list various upgrades in the home. The problem is, some upgrades give value and some do not. As a matter of fact, most appraisals bulk upgrades into a category called ‘condition’. Appraisers tend to give a small adjustment for condition rather than breaking down value for upgrades like granite, wood floors, etc. The result, a home doesn’t get near the value compared to the actual cost of an upgrade. Take a swimming pool for example: In the Greater Tampa area, a new in-ground pool with paver deck and hot tub will cost around $50,000. An appraisal will likely give $20,000 - $30,000 value for the same pool on an appraisal. JUNE 2018
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• Energy Efficiency Items (HVAC) •Roof with Hurricane Straps • Thermal Windows Also, function-room upgrades and remodels impact value. These would include: • Kitchens • Bathrooms
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When updating or remodeling a home, choices should be made for the simple enjoyment of the upgrade, not necessarily for the return on investment. It is crucial to recognize the market appeal value (not appraisal value) of an item. Even when an appraisal does not give value for an item,
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Be sure to choose upgrades that are immediately enjoyable, stylish and functional. Maintaining a good roof, HVAC system, and the introduction of technology items and energy efficiency items to your home will have the biggest impact on value. If you are adding a pool, be sure to add the pool for your personal enjoyment not as an investment. Consider items like paint, light fixtures, countertops and plumbing fixtures as the ‘cherry on top’. These things will help with appeal, but not appraisal value. To help sort it all out you should contact a local real estate professional for advice on what upgrades you should consider. Each market is different and a professional opinion may save you thousands of dollars. ____________________________________ Toni Hedstrom New Tampa 18302 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy. Ste 110 Tampa, Florida 33647 813-830-8664 www.TampaHome360.com ToniHedstrom@TampaHome360.com Wesley Chapel Magazine 29
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eke’s Breakfast Café (pronounced Key-Keys) is coming to town. After opening 18 Orlando breakfast eateries and expanding into the Tampa area in 2014. KeKe’s will be opening soon on the corner of Collier and SR 54 and is what would be considered to be a direct rival to the First Watch chain of restaurants. Owners/Brothers Kevin and Keith Mahen grew up skiing in the Pocono mountains of central Pennsylvania. KeKe’s is the eighth business venture the brothers have undertaken after ventures in the mortgage, land development and title company industries among others. They brought KeKe’s to the Orlando area 12 years ago, creating a moniker from the beginning of their first names. "The northeast diner was really in the back of our mind when we came down here," Kevin Mahen said, noting all KeKe’s have granite table tops, ceramic tiles and actual silverware. "We’re not a sausage biscuit, gravy and grits kind of place. We want to take the quality food, fresh made to order products and dress it up a little bit and give it a nicer atmosphere than what you might find at a northeast diner." The brothers felt this kind of diner experience was lacking among local competitors. "This is our spin on it," said Kevin, while enjoying the waffles topped with strawberries and whip cream. "It’s paying dividends everywhere we go." KeKe’s is a breakfast and lunch JUNE 2018
only cafe. You can create a combo for $8.99 - $9.99 that includes your choice of pancakes/French toast/waffles and two eggs or home fries along with your choice of bacon/sausage/ham/toast/ tomatoes. Kevin also suggests omelets "cooked the way they used to be" with cracked eggs and no frying pan and home fries made with real red skin potatoes "the way things are done up (north)." When you sit in the cafe, be prepared to hear some easy listening, classical instrumental music. Visit kekes.com for the menu and more. Keke’s has 31 locations in Florida and operates a franchise model. An initial investment between $347,250 and $936,750, including a franchise fee of $50,000, is required. A typical Keke’s space is between 4,500 and 5,000 square feet and has at least 30,000 people within three miles of the location to “create a neighborhood atmosphere.”
KeKe’s Breakfast Cafe 22952 State Road 54 Suite 510 Lutz, FL 33549
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