Tropics is dead. For real this time.
The promised resurrection of Tropics Piano Bar & Restaurant isn’t happening. Paul Hugo, owner of EAT and The Manor, has leased the building on Wilton Drive where Tropics operated since 1992.
It will now be called The Grille and will serve steak and seafood. It will also feature live vocal performances and piano music.
Owners Alex Meyer and Godfrey Thompson told SFGN they planned to reopen the restaurant but the promised resurrection was taking longer than expected. SFGN confirmed the delay with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Several months later on Facebook, Meyer announced that they decided to lease the building to Hugo.
“After Godfrey and I had some hard times cleaning up after Jackson [Padgett, the previous owner]. We still have some lawsuits ongoing, we thought what would be best for us to do. Naturally Godfrey's visit to the hospital was an important factor too. So, we decided to lease Tropics to Paul Hugo.”
According to public records, Thompson and Meyer filed a writ of possession last year against Padgett and Tropics after they claimed he failed to make a monthly lease payment to them of $4,541.
Hugo deferred comment to Randy Abendschein, the general manager of EAT. Abendschein did not return a call to SFGN in time for publication but announced the opening of The Grille on Facebook.