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Our Story


William was always a woman. 

Willa's is named for William "Willie" Lowry, a 19th-century Tampa pioneer whose devotion to her hometown and civic involvement still reverberates throughout Tampa. 

Willie was the great-great grandmother of Merrin Jenkins, Willa's co-founder. 

We set out to create a simple restaurant that loved its people, and felt the name Willa embodied everything we want to be. 

Welcome to Willa's!