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Partners in The Getaway will bring boat-up restaurant to Westshore Marina District

The boat-up restaurant in the Westshore Marina District is another step closer to reality.

BTI Partners, the Fort Lauderdale-based developer of the district, said Monday that it has sold 1.6 acres at the district’s entrance to D&G WMD LLC to make way for Paloma, which will have second-level indoor dining and an outdoor dining area overlooking Old Tampa Bay.

The purchase price was $2.425 million, and the sale closed Monday, a spokeswoman for the district said.

David and Ginger Willis of D&G WMD LLC partnered with restaurateurs Scott and Karina Tashkin to own and operate Paloma. The Tashkins are partners in the Getaway, a boat-up restaurant on the Gandy waterfront.

Neither a time frame for construction nor construction costs were disclosed.

“Paloma will be a one of a kind dining destination offering an elegant, coastal atmosphere with a diverse menu,” the Tashkins said in a statement. “Whether you decide to arrive by car, boat or just a nice walk, you’ll feel a sense of relaxed sophistication with its unique architectural design and coastal flair. Paloma offers an entirely new dining experience to Tampa with an elevated marina view dining room, waterfront bar and pavilion for sunset drinks and second level patio for private special events.”

Other retail tenants that BTI signed in 2019 include Cru Cellars, Crave Spa, Salon Color Bar, Duckweed Urban Market, Sand Surf Co., DRNK coffee + tea and QWENCH juice bar.

“Paloma will not only fill a void in the community but it will also be the first of its kind in the growing South Tampa area,” Britney Mroczkowski, vice president of retail development with BTI Partners, said in a statement. “Paloma complements other restaurants that have already signed leases in Westshore Marina District, like Cru Cellars. BTI Partners has been carefully curating the restaurant and retailer mix in the district and working diligently to provide our residents, and the surrounding area, with unique concepts both on the local and national level.”

The Paloma land deal is the latest retail transaction within the district, which spans 52 acres at the intersection of Gandy and Westshore boulevards. The district includes apartments, townhouses and luxury condos — BTI is developing both the retail space and condos. Site work is underway on its first of three condo towers on Marina Pointe, which will include 113 condos and seven townhouses. It will wrap up construction in late 2021.

“At the end of the day, BTI Partners is all about creating communities that bring people together to enjoy a great experience,” BTI CEO Noah Breakstone said in a statement. “There are very few places in Florida with the kind of water views and boat access that our condo owners, retail tenants and customers have at Westshore Marina District. That, in part, is what has made this unique development so successful.”