Downtown Tampa isn't losing Inside the Box after all

The Metropolitan Ministries cafe is planned for a ground-floor Times Building space.

click to enlarge In the lobby, Inside the Box is set to occupy The Times Building's ground-floor cafe space. - Courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield
Courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield
In the lobby, Inside the Box is set to occupy The Times Building's ground-floor cafe space.

On the heels of edible cookie dough news, Cushman & Wakefield announced that Inside the Box Cafe is headed for the ground floor of downtown Tampa's Times Building.

The new cafe at 1000 N. Ashley Drive is the fourth Inside the Box location for Metropolitan Ministries (if you count the one that's planned for the soon-to-open Heights Public Market). It's expected to premiere with specialty sandwiches and salads in the recently renovated lobby of the 10-story, 180,630-square-foot Times Building, owned by New Jersey-based Denholtz Associates, sometime in September.

Each cafe is staffed by students of the Metropolitan Ministries Culinary Arts Program. The local nonprofit's efforts also benefit from sale proceeds.

A downtown branch for Inside the Box is good news for the workers, commuters and residents who flocked to its now-closed location on North Tampa Street. That space will house a new Metropolitan Ministries concept, Dough Nation, a confectionary serving up edible cookie dough and ice cream. (There's even another edible cookie dough place called The Happy Dough at Lutz's Tampa Premium Outlets. We've officially made this a thing.)

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