THE STONE SOUP COMPANY
Like many buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s historic district, what you see isn’t always what was. The Stone Soup Company is a good example of that.
The bustling restaurant with amazing food is a two-story building that has played host to several birthday parties I’ve attended in the past. When the “Spookeasy” opened on the second floor appropriately behind a bookcase, I knew there had to be a story there.
I was absolutely right.
Stone Soup’s owner, Ilya Goldberg, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me about the building’s history and its hauntings. Appropriately, we settled into a corner of the Spookeasy, covered stem to stern with macabre décor ranging from paintings of ghosts and ghouls to a chair perfect for a skeleton queen!
While the atmosphere is fun and playful, the history of the building is not. Mobsters once visited the building regularly and there’s a tragic story of a bar owner from the past who died tragically near the entrance of the bar … and she’s still seen today.
The Stone Soup Company is a place I regularly grabbed bites to eat before enjoying the atmosphere of Tampa’s most historic district. But it always thrills me to learn a little bit more about what came before us in these locations – and the history around this building is definitely tragic.