Bo’s Ice Cream reopens, a new Sa Ri One Deli, plus more Tampa Bay foodie news

Fermented Reality Biergarten closed at Sparkman Wharf, too.

click to enlarge Bo's Ice Cream at 7101 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida. - Colin Wolf
Colin Wolf
Bo's Ice Cream at 7101 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida.


Bo’s Ice Cream A Tampa icon reopened Monday after a 7-day closure in response to a family emergency. It’s been a hard year for owner Josh Vitte, who had to unexpectedly fix machinery at the ice cream stand and then deal with a tree that fell on the sign—all before tragedy struck—but he’s still got employees on his mind. That’s why he started a small GoFundMe to help offset some of the lost wages and tips his workers endured during the closure. 7101 N Florida Ave., Tampa.


Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. The roaster is actually headquartered in Tampa and has had a few locations in the Bay, but they all closed years ago. Look for Tampa-inspired pours like the Ybor City Blend and the Cigar City Blend. You can also look forward to wine and beer—including Dunedin Brewery’s Biere de Café brown ale on tap—plus food and pastry items (avocado toast included). If you’re looking for custom latte foam art, you can use the concept’s Ripples machine by downloading the company’s app and uploading a photo, which you can have floating on top of your cappuccino. 3655 Midtown Dr., Tampa.

Sa Ri One deli The Korean food scene staple has opened a fast-casual style deli in the University area where it serves kimbap (rice rolls) with bulgogi beef or tuna mayo, both rolled to order. There’s refrigerated bulk sides, like cucumber kimchi and pickled radish, plus sweet red bean buns and other Korean desserts all pre-packaged for sale. Another Facebook customer showed the Korean drink Sac Sac and shrimp crackers as part of their haul. 11842 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa.

Poppo’s Taqueria Gone are the days of Tampeños crossing bridges into Sarasota or St. Petersburg to make the trek over to Poppo’s because the local chain’s first Tampa location (and its eighth in the area) opened in the old Holy Hog BBQ spot. The spot’s hours are temporarily 11 a.m.-3 p.m. due to short staffing, according to the Tampa Bay Times, but will expand to 11 a.m.-9 p.m. once all the necessary spots are filled. You won’t have to sacrifice any burritos in the meantime, though. All the Mexican street food offerings are still going to be available. 302 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.


Cider Press Cafe The St. Pete vegetarian fave is set to close its doors on Central Avenue later this year—but reopen as a vegan gastropub in the Kenwood neighborhood. The current location is closing unexpectedly due to a lease dispute, according to St. Pete Rising, and wasn’t actually planning a move, but closing at the end of this year or after the new space’s buildout is complete just 2.5 miles away. If you’re worried about losing out on vegan cubans or buffalo chick’n mac and cheese, don’t. The menu isn’t set to change much, according to the development blog, but a few additions are going to be made. The rebranded Cider Press Vegan Gastropub and Patio Bar, with liquor license, is set to take over the old Georgie’s Alibi location at 3118 3rd Ave. N.

Fermented Reality The biergarten has always been a welcome reprieve from the gourmet food stalls and heat of the sun at Sparkman Wharf, but owners told Tampa Bay Business Journal that Fermented Reality’s last day in downtown Tampa is Aug. 29 and added that Strategic Property Partners, which operates the wharf, chose not to new the lease. A relocation is in the works, but in the meantime their second concept is planned for Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Co-owner Joel Bigham did not share any details about the Ybor concept outside of a potential January 2022 opening. A SunBiz listing for “Fermented Reality Ybor LLC” shows 1910 E 7th Ave. as a principal address, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where a new concept will land. The 1900 block on Seventh Avenue is also home to Zydeco Brewerks, Chill Bros. Scoop Shop, Drip Ybor and 7th+Grove, so the only place a new beer garden could make sense is the old Frankie's Patio directly across the street from Orpheum. TBBJ said that Guy Revelle—who already opened Splitsville and Jotoro at Sparkman Wharf—has plans to open a pizza, beer and wine concept in the beer garden’s place.

Coming soon

Black Radish Grocer A V.M. Ybor vegan grocery favorite is expanding to St. Petersburg before the end of the year.  246 Dr. MLK Jr St. N, St. Petersburg. @blackradishgrocerstpete on Instagram

Oronzo A year after opening, Oronzo is hiking its pasta, pizza and burritos over to Midtown Tampa for the opening of its second location. The deal was signed last September, according to TBBJ, and the concept’s website is now teasing a fall opening for this year. Oronzo, a spinoff concept brought to you by the owner of St. Pete pizza staple Bavaro’s, specializes in made-from-scratch italian fare (including soup and all the ‘za you can handle), and even offers italian burritos and plenty of bowl options if you’re looking for something lighter. 3740 Midtown Dr., Tampa.

Rollin’ Mullet Bar & Grill An open-air bar and food-truck restaurant is coming to Seminole Heights and bringing Northeastern-style seafood with it. Two Airstreams will sit on the property near a large octopus mural, one for booze and one for food. Beer and wine will be the options for alcohol with “12 taps and tons of bottles and cans,” owner Angi Brittain told CL. The taps will come out of the trailer-turned-walk-in-cooler sitting behind the large bar area. Menu items, like lobster rolls, will be served out of the other. The three-quarter acre lot has room for games like bocce and cornhole and is “absolutely” family-friendly. Brittain hopes it will be dog friendly, too. 6401 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 


DalMoros Fresh Pasta To Go launches delivery, beer and wine, plus online ordering UberEats and DoorDash have been available since Aug. 10, but DalMoros is launching its own mobile app, complete with loyalty points. 53 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

King of the Coop launches new nonprofit The Coop Cares Foundation was started by owner Joe Dodd and his wife Stephanie in an effort to address social issues and to “cultivate future leaders in the culinary arts,” according to a press release. Friday’s event is meant to show how the foundation plans to “address food insecurity” in under-resourced communities around the Bay.

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