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Punky’s to become sports bar and cigar lounge

Veronica Brezina



Punky's Bar and Grill. Facebook image.

The popular Punky’s Bar and Grill restaurant space has new owners. 

According to the Florida Division of Corporation records, Deltwaine and Jermaine Holmes, who own Omnia Blue Gentlemen’s Club under the name The Holmes Project LLC, will redevelop the space at 3063 Central Ave. into a bar and cigar lounge. Omnia Blue also has a cigar and hookah lounge.

Public records indicate they acquired a business permit for the future sports bar, to be called called 31 Grand. 

The duo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 2,480-square-foot Punky’s, which has operated for seven years, was a destination for the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community and closed its doors in August. 

Punky’s Bar and Grill. Facebook image.

“Two thousand four hundred twenty-three days. We have accomplished a lot in this time. We have made friends, loyal customers, gained an amazing team of employees who have become family,” owners John Burt and Lynn Deibert posted to the Punky’s Facebook page. “We worked hard, laughed a lot and made a difference every chance we had. We have become a place of safety for the LGBTQ+ community, a melting pot for people from all walks of life … and their pets! We have celebrated victories, survived struggles, mourned losses and came together to help each other and the community.”

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    Cheryl Hernandez

    November 2, 2022at3:15 pm

    I loved Punky’s. Their burgers were so good. I loved the staff especially Frank. It was a place that you could go to all by yourself and feel welcome and comfortable. I will really miss them. ❤

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