News & Updates
A giant, AWESOME congrats to our very own Bill Shumate for being named
FRLA's 2014 Restaurateur of the Year!
At FRLA's annual gala, Hall of Fame Awards were given to individuals representing the industry. Qualifications for the prestigious Restaurateur Hall of Fame Award include having a personal record of industry achievement over a period of at least 20 years. Only those nominees who have attained career distinctions of the highest level and are held in high esteem for their distinguished service to their industry, community, charitable organizations and family were considered.
The award was presented to Bill Shumate of Bella’s Italian Café in Tampa, Florida and Square 1 Burgers & Bar in various Tampa Bay locations, Sarasota and Fort Myers. Bill Shumate opened his first restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma in 1964, a burger joint called “Across the Street.” It was located across the street from the University of Oklahoma. Eventually, in the late 80's, Bill decided to help cultivate a vision to bring the people of Tampa authentic Italian cuisine. Twenty-four years later, he's still running Bella's Italian Cafe alongside his business partner and Executive Chef Joanie Corneil. Inspired by a yearning to go back to his burger restaurant roots, he began developing a new concept in 2006 for a burger restaurant in Tampa and named it "Square 1 Burgers." Bill is back to Square 1.
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"State Association honors restaurateur with location in University Park"
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association named Bill Shumate of Square 1 Burgers & Bar along University Parkway and in Fort Myers and Tampa the owner of Bella's Italian Café to its Hall of Fame.
Shumate was awarded the 2014 Restaurateur Hall of Fame Award Tuesday.
Shumate opened his first restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma in 1964, a burger joint called "Across the Street." It was located across the street from the University of Oklahoma. In the late 80's, Shumate decided to launch his misson of bringing the people of Tampa authentic Italian cuisine. Twenty-four years later, he's still running Bella's Italian Cafe alongside his business partner and Executive Chef Joanie Corneil.
Inspired by a yearning to go back to his burger restaurant roots, he began developing a new concept in 2006 for "Square 1 Burgers," bringing Shumate back to Square 1.
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"Square 1 founder Shumate named to Hall of Fame"
–Tampa Bay Business Journal
Bill Shumate of Square 1 Burgers has been named to the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Hall of Fame.
The award recognizes Shumate as the 2014 Restaurateur of the Year. Shumate began as a restaurant owner in Norman, Okla. in 1964 and came to Tampa in the late 1980s where he founded Bella's Italian Cafe, the Bradenton Herald said.
He still runs the cafe along with a business partner, but in 2006 he opened Square 1 Burgers. The name is a reference to his desire to go back to his roots as a burger joint owner, the Herald said. In addition to its Tampa location, the burger chain now has two in Sarasota, one in St. Petersburg, Fort Myers and Brandon, according to its website.
**From the Tampa Bay Business Journal**
Square 1 Burgers & Bar plans to open four additional locations in Florida by mid-summer 2014.
The Tampa-based burger chain, which currently has six restaurants, plans to open in Carrollwood, Lakeland, the Villages and Gainesville, said CEO Joanie Corneil.
Square 1 bought a facility in Gainesville and will lease locations in Carrollwood, Lakeland and the Villages, she said.
All restaurants will be company-owned.
The first Square 1 opened on Henderson Boulevard in Tampa in 2008.
WIN A GETAWAY
to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas!
We're excited to partner with US 103.5 in giving away tickets to this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas!
Along with names like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, the lineup includes Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Muse, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Bruno Mars, Ke$ha, Phoenix and Maroon 5!
Just swing by your local Square 1 Burgers during one of these scheduled US 103.5 appearances, and we'll give you the secret code to register to win!
Brandon: July 23rd, 6-8pm
Tampa: July 29th, 6-7pm
St. Pete: July 30th, 6-7pm
Brandon: August 5th, 6-7pm
St. Pete: August 6th, 6-7pm
Tamiami: August 7th, 6-7pm
St. Pete: August 12th, 6-8pm
University: August 13th, 6-7pm
For location hours and directions, click here.
New Burger Alert!
This week, taste our BRAND NEW Gator Burger made with a beefsteak tomato, curly leaf lettuce and our famous sooner sauce on a Brioche bun. Yum!
Then, rinse it down with a SQ1 Red Ale, our deep ruby ale with a toasted caramel malt taste and well-balanced citrus finish. Awesomely refreshing!
And sweeten up with a slice of Cheesecake. Each location has its own decadent variety, so be sure to ask your server for the whole dessert spread!