What Happened to the Temple Terrace Arby’s?

The restaurant on Fowler Avenue closed for business on Christmas Day.

Arby’s franchisee Chris Doyle summed up the closing of the Arby’s at 5610 E. Fowler Ave. in two words: “It stinks,” he said.

The location’s last day of business was Christmas Eve. It had been open for about eight years, Doyle estimated.

He said he had to let the restaurant go because keeping it no longer made financial sense. The lease was expiring, and the lessor was asking for more money.

“We’re sorry we had to leave the Temple Terrace community,” said Doyle, of Lutz, who has 23 other franchises in the Tampa area and Raleigh, NC.

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He said a Dunkin’ Donuts is scheduled to move into the building in the coming months. Dunkin’ Donuts has not returned a Friday call from Temple Terrace Patch to its corporate communications office to confirm that a location will open in the former Arby’s space.

Although the Arby’s on Fowler Avenue is closed, roast beef fans don’t have to travel far for the chain’s signature sandwiches. Nearby locations include:

  • Arby’s, 2230 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa
  • Arby’s, 2810 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa
weezir January 11, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I agree with Alex. Everything is put in New Tampa, and I really do not like to drive out there in that traffic. I really wish there was a Lowe's or Home Depot nearby. Plus I wish there were more non-chain restaurants in the area; but I guess they make a better buck in South Tampa... They need to take a chance around here--lunch from the University crowd, and dinner from the TT citizens. TT did itself a disservice by not fighting all of the low income housing that the county saw fit to build on the city's boundaries. It really kiiled a lot of desire to live in TT, as I have had people tell me. (Having Suitcase City nearby certainly does not help. They say improvements are coming, but I don't ever think it will get any better unless they bulldoze the whole place and build new) When real estate picks back up again, I am moving to Forest Hills. I will spend my money and do business in Carrollwood. Too bad for TT.
Annette Renny January 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Love Dunkin Donuts, by the way, I am a Realtor, Temple Terrace is selling and inventory is going down, prices up. This is a wonderful area.
Sally Oakes Ballas April 20, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Blame Game :-(
Sally Oakes Ballas April 20, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Annette, Exactly what part of Temple Terrace are you selling?
Waver Broers July 13, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I think access to the Fowler location may have had a lot to do with it's closing The turn access that was there when Antranick's was there changed. Arby's on Busch is closed which didn't surprise me. Service at the Busch location left a whole lot to be desired. Interior was not what I call restaurant clean. So if access was part of the problem for Arby's how will Dunkin Donut's survive. Access still stinks, which I understand with the number of fatality accidents at Fowler & 58th.


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