TAMPA, Fla. - Michael Fisher's recipe for Fynn's fruit punch is classified.
The one thing the 26-year-old military veteran doesn't hesitate divulging however is his determination to turn Franklin Street in Downtown Tampa into the next Bourbon Street.
He just opened his new restaurant, Fynn's Bar & Grill, at 513 N. Franklin Street, checking an item off his bucket list.
Just out of the military in January, Fisher has seemingly checked that item off his list fairly quickly.
With a menu including everything from mozzarella sticks to burgers and baked macaroni, this military man is going after late-night diners. The grills are going until 3 a.m. He is even delivering his delicious food to residents in the immediate downtown area.
"I love every minute of it," Fisher said with a big smile.
Don't want to drink the pink colored punch? Don't worry, he has an inviting wine list and beer on tap too.
Fisher's learned business management and how to budget while serving as a logistic specialist in the U.S. Navy for the past seven years. He attributes his success to the training he received as well as working in restaurants while growing up.
"The military has really provided me with a lot of training and a lot of fast thinking," he said.
And he's thinking big when it comes to revitalizing the downtown area, a project spearheaded by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and a hot button issue for downtown residents.
"I look at myself as the go-to person on renovating Franklin Street. I want to really introduce the arts down here, open up shopping," he said.
The St. Petersburg native already has his plan in motion and told ABC Action News he is talking with venture capitalists who are interested in putting up the money, time and effort to bring viable businesses to the area.
Franklin Street has struggled to keep storefronts and many buildings sit vacant with signs in the window advertising the space for lease.
"I'm like the sixth or seventh owner who has actually come in to this exact spot and that's something I take as a personal challenge to really making it succeed," Fisher said.
Fisher also wants to share his success with other vets, making it a top priority to employ them.
His first hire is former Marine Paul Wright. Wright learned to cook in the military and was looking to find a job to help him with finances while he returns to school.
"The owner was nice enough to hire me on the spot," said Wright.
Fisher said he understands the transitions that come with deploying multiple times and returning home. He also sympathizes with wounded veterans and wants to make sure they are taken care of once back home.
"I want to do so much more for them and being a vet, it has a special place," he said.