Both locations have suffered sustained losses from the continuing effects of the slanderous assault on Mary’s good name and that of her employees from the Hillsborough office of the State Health Department, which forced their sister locations in Ybor City to close in November. (20) Website View Menu. +18136432110. Half of (Hepatitis A patients) report having drug use. See related stories:620 Receive Hepatitis A Shots After Eating At Hamburger Mary'sYbor City Hamburger Mary's Closes Following Hepatitis A Scare. I'm pissed. Copyright 2019 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Give them a call to make a reservation. You know, all the transgender people and all the gay people, I just hope they can find jobs," King said. "Unfortunately, business in both Brandon and St. Petersburg have remained suppressed to the point where it is no longer possible to keep the doors open.". Tampa location closed its doors in November. Mary appreciated the outrage expressed by several of the candidates for Mayor of Tampa and the Hillsborough County Board over the Health Department’s false and discriminatory actions against Mary’s Ybor locations. Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Hillsborough County health department, denied the negative result and raised the ire of Tampa's LGBT community when he told ABC Action News: "If you're going to fish, you need to go where the fish are. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs Fast Food Restaurants Restaurants. The Brandon and St. Pete locations will try to stay open until the end of March to give the staff time to find new jobs. "We should never make health a part of someone's prejudice.". "It's cost me everything I own," said King, a longtime Valrico resident. Hamburger Mary’s Brandon and St. Petersburg to Close for Good by March 31 Due to the Continuing Damage to Mary’s Good Name from the False Reports of … Since Mary opened her first restaurant in Tampa Bay in 2009, the Ybor, Brandon and St. Petersburg locations have supported the community by helping charities raise over two million dollars through Mary’s bingos and other charitable events. Hamburger Mary’s offers a flamboyant dining experience, along with nightly entertainment from our “Dining with the Divas” drag shows and charity “HamBingo Mary’s” to MaryOke-Karaoke and trivia nights. Full Moon Eclipse As November Ends: Will FL Weather Cooperate? Come on in to eat and stick around for one of our nightly events. Brandon Weather Forecast For The Week Ahead, Brandon Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-75, FL Good News: Top Heart Hospital; USF Honors College; Puppy Love. The restaurant chain released the following statement via Facebook announcing the closures: Hamburger Mary’s Brandon and St. Petersburg to Close for Good by March 31 Due to the Continuing Damage to Mary’s Good Name from the False Reports of the Health Department. The classic category is men having sex with men.". Instead, it singled out Hamburger Mary’s for public excoriation based on a false report and the perceived sexual orientation of its employees and customers. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Holt also explained the three highest risk categories include the following: "Half of them report having drug use, the others would be a mixture of homelessness and particular sexual activities. Unfortunately, business in both Brandon and St. Petersburg has remained suppressed to the point where it is no longer possible to keep the doors open. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here. "If you're going to fish, you need to go where the fish are," Holt said. Mayoral candidate and Tampa City Council member Mike Suarez called for Holt's removal from office. "What he said is unconscionable," said Suarez. Thus, he reinforced and perpetuated the damage by appealing to prejudices against the LGBTQ community. Today 11:00 AM - 11:59 PM All Hours. 2016 Town Center Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511 Directions. We are all very sad that Hamburger Mary's Brandon has closed, but please remember that Hamburger Mary's Clearwater remains open and is ready to serve you! Save On Kitchen & Laundry, Ugly Holiday Sweater Events Planned At Aquarium. So many people have lost their houses, lost everything they have because of what Dr. Holt did to Hamburger Mary's and it's wrong," King said. "Mary has kept the Brandon and St. Petersburg restaurants open in hopes that, as the truth of the Health Department's false accusations about the Ybor restaurants became known, business would return to its former levels," King told Facebook fans. in Brandon opened just two years ago. Hamburger Mary's owner claims health department targeted his restaurant for being gay. BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) – Hamburger Mary’s announced on Facebook on Tuesday that two more locations will be closing as of March 31, if not sooner. Several other restaurants in Central Florida had employees that tested positive for Hepatitis A, but the Health Department did not name those restaurants. He announced in November that he was closing the restaurant at restaurant at 1600 E. 7th Ave. after nine years in business. We have been hoping that the community that Mary has supported for years would stand by Mary in her time of need, and many have, but not enough to overcome the damage caused by Dr. Holt’s prejudice. No employee of Hamburger Mary’s tested positive for Hepatitis A. "The state of Florida has ripped my family apart. Then, in January, King said he obtained a copy of the employee's test results that showed the health department had made a mistake and the employee had actually tested negative for Hepatitis A. "I really mean that the mounting evidence that suggests a targeted attack on Hamburger Mary's leaves me incensed," said candidate Topher Morrison. Coming Up View our Full Calendar of Events. 1513 W Brandon Blvd. King made the announcement Tuesday on Hamburger Mary's Facebook page, citing a reduction in business following the Oct. 25 announcement by the Florida Department of Health that an employee at the Ybor City restaurant had tested positive for hepatitis A. "We've raised over $2,000,000 for local charities for all the communities, not just one but for all," King explained. Hamburger Mary's owner Kurt King was full of sadness and anger Tuesday, blaming the Hillsborough County Health Department for ruining his business. Please show your support for these hardworking men and women by visiting Mary’s in either Brandon or St. Petersburg during March. BRANDON, FL -- The owner of Hamburger Mary's says negative publicity concerning a Hepatitis A scare at the Ybor City Hamburger Mary's has prompted him to close his restaurants in St. Petersburg and Brandon as well. The Brandon and St. Petersburg locations of Hamburger Mary’s will try to stay open until March 31, 2019 to give Mary’s dedicated staff time to earn some more money and find new jobs. He accused the Department of Health of targeting the restaurant because of its gay theme.