This gave them the opportunity to realize their dream of opening a great restaurant.
And “Datz” exactly what they did.
Datz Restaurant is inspired by historic Midwestern and Northeastern delicatessens that offer huge portions, even to the name, with the faint echo of restaurants with “Z” in their names, like Katz’s Delicatessen in New York .
But that’s where the similarities end.
“Our customers here in South Tampa told us they wanted something a little different. They liked the general idea of deli sandwiches and whatnot, but they really wanted more comfort food,” said said Perry,
If it’s comfort customers want, it’s comfort they get.
Datz closed for a few days and reopened with the concept that exists today – over-the-top American comfort food, including favorites like the Nashville Chicken Sandwich, with two large fillets slathered in hot sauce.
But the big cheese on the menu that caught the attention of “Good Morning America” is The Cheesy Todd.
“It’s just a burger, and instead of a regular bun, there’s fried mac and cheese. And we have people coming from out of town to eat that, a lot of locals love it. It’s a giant big meal, that’s what we’re known for,” said Datz project manager John Camisa.
“I want them to leave here almost gross and tell other people about it. Like ‘Go there hungry, make sure you’re really hungry when you walk through the door there because’ they’re going to go from there really really full,” Camisa said.
The staff prides itself on providing a unique and relaxed experience, reflected even in its quirky name, chosen from hundreds of suitors, but never googled ahead of time. Turns out there’s a family by that name who lives a few blocks from the restaurant.
“They’re probably still getting phone calls today about Datz’s pastrami sandwich,” Perry said.
The Datz experience, after all, is about having fun.
“What makes Datz really unique and different is that it’s a place to have fun. Come, relax, let your hair down, wear your shorts, wear your golf clothes or your tennis gear, come home from the beach and have a great home stay. American comfort food, but a little twisted,” Perry said.