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Tampa’s speakeasy coffee shop partners with bow tie company at new Soho location


Tampa’s speakeasy coffee shop, Blind Tiger Cafe added a third shop in the SoHo District, but this time with a twist.

The cafe has partnered with local bow tie company, Ella Bing to open a haberdashery.

The term “blind tiger” dates back to the prohibition era referring to a speakeasy where they would advertise they had a blind tiger inside and charge admission, and in return there was a coffee mug filled with alcohol.

So, owner Roberto Torres named his business Blind Tiger and took the idea a step further to not only serve coffee along with beer and wine, but he conceals a boutique inside the coffee shop.

At the first shop in Ybor City and the second in Seminole Heights, that boutique is Torres’ other business, Black and Denim.

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