Kelly’s Roast Beef brings famous New England bites to Tampa Bay

Kelly’s Roast Beef is bringing a taste of New England to Tampa Bay. The celebrated brand is set for a major South Florida expansion. University Park in Sarasota is home to the state’s first Kelly’s Roast Beef location. It opened its doors to an eager audience on December 9. Soon to follow will be additional locations in South Pasadena and Founders Square, Naples. For more than 70 years, Kelly’s Roast Beef has been the staple of the North Shore of Boston, renowned for its thinly sliced “melt-in-your-mouth” roast-beef sandwiches and generous platters of New England seafood.

“This is an incredible opportunity and honor to bring such an iconic restaurant brand into a new area of the country and we plan to quickly expand across Southern Florida,” said Ryan Dion, Chief Operating Officer at RAVentures Hospitality. “In 2023 we’ll see double digits for new Kelly’s Roast Beef locations in the Sunshine State.”

Each location roasts its beef in-house all through the day, ensuring sandwiches can still be freshly sliced to order as they have for decades. A classic Kelly’s roast beef sandwich features medium-rare, melt-in-your-mouth, roast beef, a top-quality sesame roll bun and three condiment options – James River barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, and American cheese. Other menu items include fresh, Atlantic seafood such as fried whole-bellied clams, lobster rolls, scallops, and homemade clam chowder. Everything is made fresh, daily, and made-to-order.


Kelly’s Roast Beef Southwest Florida locations will include gluten-free menu items with dedicated fryers. Customers can expect convenient drive-thru service, dine-in, carry-out and third-party delivery.

Kelly’s Roast Beef Locations in Southern Florida:

  • 5407 University Pkwy., University Park – Now Open
  • 1530 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena – Opening Early 2023

Follow Kelly’s Roast Beef on Facebook and Instagram to see more menu teasers.


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