Towards the end of last year, Jeff Gigante—formerly of Ciccio Restaurant Group and co-founder of Hyde Park Village’s Forbici Modern Italian restaurant—created Next Level Brands with real estate exec Andrew Wright and Gigante Hospitality co-CEO Joseph Guggino.
The group’s first concept to open is Union New American, a two-story restaurant focusing on “traditional American fare inspired by global ingredients”.
Tampa Bay Business Journal said the 9,358-square-foot restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating with a “contemporary, upscale ambiance”. The top floor includes an outdoor terrace lounge area with room for private events and live music. It’ll be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.