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.)