Last supper as Channelside restaurants and bars Stump's Supper Club and Howl at the Moon are closing

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Tampa, Florida -- A pair of Channelside restaurants are closing for good and selling off their kitschy decor in a retirement yard sale.

Jimmy James and the Velvet Explosion -- the house band at Stump's Supper Club -- will step onto the shag carpet for a final time Saturday, September 15th.

Howl at the Moon, which shares space with Stump's, will also close permanently.

Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, the restaurants' owners say they'll start selling the decor to customers. The walls are filled with antiques and works by local artists.

Proceeds from the sale will go to charity, provide bonuses to employees, and pay any leftover bills, the restaurants' owners said.

The two night spots opened in 2001, but business has declined recently. Troubles with the out-of-town landlords who have run the Channelside Bay Plaza development have added to their difficulties, the restaurants' owners said.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is reportedly in negotiations to buy Channelside Bay Plaza using a company he controls, but the deal has not come together yet.

A boost in business from the Republican National Convention helped the restaurants pay off outstanding debts and will let them be free and clear of debts when they close, the owners said.

Three other venues in the Channelside area are owned by the same ownership group. Splitsville luxury bowling alley, Spanish restaurant Tinatapas, and the Boat House Bar will all remain open.

Stump's big retirement party and yard sale is set to start at 4 p.m. Saturday and last into the night.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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