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Hole In One Donuts, Havana Harry's and other Bay area food and drink openings.

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click to enlarge Hole In One Donuts plans to premiere to Seffner in a small plaza along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. - Meaghan Habuda
Meaghan Habuda
Hole In One Donuts plans to premiere to Seffner in a small plaza along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


Hole In One Donuts is bringing its hot-'n'-fresh specialties to another Tampa Bay locale: Seffner. Signage and a "COMING SOON!" banner for the beloved doughnut purveyor is hung above the Seffner Plaza storefront at 1113 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For those unfamiliar with Hole In One, which operates other locations in Tampa, Plant City and Lakeland, these house-made doughnuts are of the simple, down-home variety — think glazed and jelly-filled, or twists and fritters. The Seffner shop will also carry croissants, bagels and pigs in a blanket.

• Boulevard Burgers & Tap House owner Charles Marco, who's owned many New York restaurants as well as Fortunato's on Central and Local 662 in downtown St. Pete, has purchased St. Pete Beach's D'Lites Emporium. Marco's plan is to turn the ice cream shop at 5955 Gulf Winds Drive (next door to Boulevard Burgers) into a new concept, whose tentative opening is spring 2017.

• Port Richey's Rebel Dog Brewing has been open for a few months now at 7200 Ridge Road, but it's a one-stop shop for homebrewers and craft beer drinkers alike. The Pasco brewery, taproom and brewing supplies store offers a rotating draft list of brews like a milk stout, American pale ale, cherry black wit and English brown.

Grub-seekers will also find the recently launched Robert's Smokin' BBQ in Port Richey. At 7810 U.S. 19 N., the barbecue spot slings affordable beef brisket, smoked wings and chopped pork, plus ribs, sausage, chicken and homemade sides, in a family-friendly setting.

• The second Largo location for the 5-year-old, family-owned Havana Harry's, whose flagship was started off Walsingham Road by George Haber, debuted in July. The Haber family has carried over their Cuban deli cuisine, made with recipes handed down for generations, to 1999 Starkey Road. Among the restaurant's guest favorites are the mojo pork with black beans and rice, Cuban sandwich and 1904 Cuban tossed salad.

A St. Pete outpost for Jimmy Hula's, which premiered its Brandon restaurant back in January, is slated for 8123 Fourth St. N. The expanding Central Florida-based concept will take shape inside the former home of 4th Street Tap & Tavern, serving fast-casual favorites that include burgers and tacos (Jimmy Hula's signatures), as well as eats influenced by travel and surfing. And in case you missed it, St. Pete's Hideaway Cafe has started opening its EDGE District doors to the lunchtime crowd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. There's a new crowd-pleasing lineup of flatbreads and pizzas, artisan sandwiches and salads, alongside weekly specials and a deal that gets diners a $3.75 craft beer with any lunch item.

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