Charann’s Tavern was opened in 1969 by Charlie and Ann Fischer. Charann’s Tavern was originally located on the Courtney Campbell Causeway (Highway 60) in Tampa, Florida. Charann's Tavern's original location, in an old cinder block building, with no indoor bathrooms, was located directly on Tampa Bay about ½ mile from Tampa International Airport. Fishermen and carnival workers popularized and frequented the old tavern on the bay. They stood shoulder to shoulder with the doctors, lawyers and high-rollers on their lunch hour. Charlie and Ann were from Chester, Pennsylvania. They started making their West County version of the legendary Cheesesteak Sandwich. Their Tampa’s Original Cheesesteak was so popular, lunches were standing room only. On weekends, fishermen would pull their boats up out back, load up on cheesesteaks then head out on the water for the day. The Tampa bar and grill they started was booming.

In 1976 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started playing football a couple of miles away. Even though the team wasn’t very good, Charann’s Tavern was on-board with the team. We painted the Bucs logo on either side of the front door. It was not uncommon for sports figures to show up at Charann’s Tavern. During spring training, the Cincinnati Reds would always show up and make a huge order of Cheesesteak Sandwiches to feed the entire team. In 1995, due to plans to modernize the intersection of Highway 60 & Memorial Highway, Charann’s Tavern moved. The current location is 6821 W. Hillsborough Ave. While the new location has indoor bathrooms, the old charm of the bar and grill still is in place.

In March 2000, several years after her husband Charlie passed away, eighty-five year old Ann sold the business to Karin Juhl. About 6 months later, Ann passed away. Karin has made every effort to maintain the loyal customer base and keep the best Cheesesteak Sandwich in Tampa, the best.