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TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2021) – Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, owners of the award-winning Ocean Prime Tampa, are introducing The Pearl to Water Street Tampa. 

A restaurant, tavern and oyster room, The Pearl will introduce an expansive menu of chef-inspired cuisine featuring made-from-scratch entrees, shareable plates and seasonal oysters complemented by handcrafted cocktails, a carefully curated wine list and a rotating selection of ales, lagers and stouts. The Pearl is inspired by vintage, urban design and showcases eclectic décor that is both stylish and nostalgic.

The Water Street Tampa location is the first of this concept in Florida. Cameron Mitchell Restaurant first opened The Pearl in the Short North in Columbus, Ohio in 2012, then opened a second location in Dublin, Ohio in 2020. 

“We are thrilled to bring The Pearl to Water Street Tampa and to join the exciting new growth that’s taking place in the area,” said Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. “We have been incredibly successful with Ocean Prime Tampa since opening in 2009 at International Plaza and look forward to continuing to deliver genuine hospitality and creating amazing experiences for our guests at The Pearl as well.”  

The announcement of The Pearl comes as Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) this week announced that four new food and beverage operators have signed leases at Water Street Tampa, one of the largest mixed-use developments in the nation offering a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly lifestyle in downtown Tampa. 

The Pearl at Water Street will debut in 2022 at Heron, Water Street Tampa’s newest luxury apartment towers now open and currently leasing. The new tenants bring the total number of retail leases signed at Water Street Tampa this year to well over a dozen. 

About Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is an independent, privately held restaurant group known for developing compelling dining concepts, ranging from multi-location upscale destinations to single neighborhood favorites, offering outstanding cuisine complemented by genuine hospitality. Cameron Mitchell founded the company in 1993 on the powerful guest philosophy, “The answer is yes. What is the question?” Today, CMR operates 39 restaurants company-wide under 18 different concepts, with 20 restaurants located in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, the premier catering and event planning in Central Ohio, oversees three venues in Columbus. The national Ocean Prime concept has 16 locations in 12 states plus the district of Columbia with a 17th location opening early 2022 in Kansas City, MO. The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, a sister company of CMR, currently operates 22 locations in five states. For more information on CMR, please visit

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