Hulk Hogan To Open Restaurant And Bar On New Year’s Eve

If you’re still looking for a place to hang on New Year’s Eve, then former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan may have something that’s right up your alley.

The wrestling champion is set to open Hogan’s Beach on December 31, just in time to draw in tons of people who are looking for a place to celebrate the arrival of 2013. The 20,000 square foot restaurant and bar is located at the Best Western Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

“Everyone knows I’m a maniac about the beach, great food, good people and entertainment that brings everyone together for a good time,” Hogan said in the official press release. “So I’m proud to open a place that encompasses all that in one location and call it my beach — Hogan’s Beach.”

In addition to a plethora of food and drinks, Hogan’s Beach also features waterside dining, a giant television screen set on the beach, live entertainment, and a mechanical shark ride. I’m not exactly sure what the latter attraction is all about, but it certainly sounds like an unusual way to welcome the new year.

Hulk Hogan added, “It’s all about location, and we have a great one, along with great food, tremendous beer and wine lists, signature cocktails, waterfront entertainment and personalities to bring it to the next level.”

Heading up the kitchen staff is award-winning chef Robert Uzzillia, who recently won the Judge’s and People’s Choice Awards at the 2012 Taste Of Clearwater Chef’s Competition. In other words, good food should be in abundance at Hogan’s Beach.

When Hulk Hogan isn’t putting the finishing touches on his new restaurant, the Metro revealed that the former wrestler spends quite a bit of time watching television shows such as American Idol and Pawn Stars. He has also developed an affinity for Oprah Winfrey.

“I watch a lot of Oprah,” he explained. “She has a new network with a lot of spiritual shows. Soulful Sunday has stories about people getting second chances and turning their lives around. I wasn’t a fan of her talk show but now I’m a big fan because she is very positive and aware of what life’s about.”

If you’re curious to see what Hulk Hogan’s new restaurant and bar looks like, be sure to swing by the official Facebook page.