The outdoor shaded area and seafood restaurant along downtown Tampa’s waterfront are expected to open in a week.

Big Rays Fish Camp and the Sail Plaza, formerly known as the Sail Pavilion, along the Riverwalk are scheduled to open Aug. 9, Tampa Convention Center National Sales and Marketing Manager Juan Lopez said.

This will be the second location for Big Ray’s Fish Camp, bringing the fishing shack-themed seafood restaurant to Tampa’s downtown for the first time.

The project reimagined the space around the 360-degree bar The Sail, adding new amenities like upgraded/expanded restrooms, additional seating, shade structures, and a full kitchen for Big Ray’s Fish Camp.

Lopez said the new plaza will be able to accommodate hundreds of people.

Meanwhile, renovations for concessionaires inside the convention center area such as Datz are expected to be completed in August or mid-September.

The next major project of the convention center is adding 18 waterfront meeting rooms, which would be complete by early 2021 and would boost the space by 16,000 square feet. The center is currently in the process to find a contractor for the project.

The new meeting rooms are part of the Tampa Convention Center’s $30 million capital improvement plan, funded through CRA and tourism tax dollars

“Sail Plaza and Big Rays Fish Camp to open next week” – Tampa Bay Business Journal (subscription required)