Tampa Bay Times - - Business -

Af­ter a two-month stint serv­ing Mex­i­can-in­spired fare at Light­ning games, Cap­i­tal Tacos has left Amalie Arena. Cap­i­tal had an­nounced its Amalie open­ing at the end of Septem­ber. “Although we all loved to op­er­ate the stand, ul­ti­mately the nu­ances of op­er­at­ing in an arena are much dif­fer­ent than a brick and mor­tar lo­ca­tion,” owner Josh Luger said in an email. “Un­fore­seen” op­er­at­ing chal­lenges made it “pro­hib­i­tive” to con­tinue the stand, he said. The pop­u­lar lo­cal chain will still con­tinue a part­ner­ship with the Light­ning this sea­son through­out its five full-ser­vice lo­ca­tions in Tampa Bay. The shops will have player-in­spired tacos of the month with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing non­prof­its. Fans had long been clam­or­ing for tacos at the arena, and they won’t be with­out. Re­place­ment Scrappy’s Tacos, run through the arena’s in­ter­nal con­ces­sion­aire, was in Cap­i­tal’s place as of Thurs­day.

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