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Ybor City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sweet Taste of Ybor City

 
 
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By Raymond T Elligett Jr, April 13, 2021
1. Sweet Taste of Ybor City Marker
Inscription.  Near this location, Federico Arnavat founded Las Novedades (The Novelties), the first candy store and ice cream shop in Ybor City. Arnavat started his business before the turn of the 20th century, taking advantage of Ybor City’s growing prosperity. as well as his advantageous location across the street from the Sanchez y Haya cigar factory. Las Novedades eventually moved to the corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street and became a full service restaurant. It was among the oldest restaurants in Ybor City when it closed in 1972. The building later housed El Goya, one of the first nightclubs in Tampa to openly advertise to gay and lesbian clientele.
 
Erected 2020 by Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council, to replace a marker originally erected by the Civitan Club of Ybor City.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1972.
 
Location. 27° 57.62′ N, 82° 26.603′ W. Marker is in Ybor City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East
Sweet Taste of Ybor City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Raymond T Elligett Jr, April 13, 2021
2. Sweet Taste of Ybor City Marker
It is in front of the former Las Novedades Restaurant, now the Haya Hotel.
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7th Avenue (Florida Route 574) west of North 15th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1412 E 7th Ave, Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tampa's First Cigar Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birth Of Ybor City (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel De La Havana (within shouting distance of this marker); El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Liga Patriotica de Instruccion (about 400 feet away); José Martí (about 500 feet away); Ybor City's First Fire Station (about 500 feet away); Roland M. Manteiga (about 500 feet away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This link is to an earlier marker from 1962 that was erected nearby by the Civitan Club of Ybor City. That earlier marker was replaced by this one.
 
Additional commentary.
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Yes this marker replaced the Tampa's Oldest Restaurant marker because of inaccuracies in the text.
    — Submitted April 20, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by Raymond T Elligett Jr of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Raymond T Elligett Jr of Tampa, Florida. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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