Thirteen months after it opened to great fanfare, the Getaway at Maximo – conceived as a way to drive restaurant traffic to the sleepy Skyway Marina District – has closed its doors.
The news came via a cryptic posting on the business’ Facebook page: “We will no longer be operating out of this location. Please visit us at our Gandy Blvd location for wonderful waterfront views, boat docks and delicious menu offerings. Thank you for your support.”
Dave Burton, co-owner of the original Getaway on Gandy, as well as the Maximo location, replied to a text message from a Catalyst reporter. “At this point, we strongly feel it’s too premature for us to discuss the reasons behind our Maximo closure,” Burton said.
“There’s a lot we’d like to say, but feel it’s best we hold off for now.”
The Getaway restaurants are a partnership between Burton Holdings, and Scott Tashkin and Karina Tashkin. Burton Holdings operates several other restaurants in the bay area, including Gen X Tavern, Flock and Stock and the Tampa Pizza Co.
The Getaway’s appeal is a laid-back and low-key atmosphere, landscaped with beach sand and palm trees, with casual seating for both restaurant and bar patrons right on the water.
In an April interview with the Catalyst, Burton acknowledged that the Maximo location – constructed on the southern edge of the newly-refurbished Maximo Marina – was experiencing growing pains.
“We struggled a little bit finding the right team, getting the right staff in place,” he said at the time, adding that business had picked up in the early months of 2019.
“I always tell people it takes a good six months for a restaurant to find its footing,” Burton said. “Over there (at Maximo), it might have been more of a struggle because there’s a dynamic to that market we maybe didn’t understand as well as we should have. It’s a different customer base. It’s older, it’s a little bit more tourist. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just that the expectations are different.”