In case you missed it, the location of Goody Goody, the landmark Tampa burger brand that launched in 1925, was revealed last week. The Columbia Restaurant Group will resurrect the local icon in a Hyde Park Village corner space at 1601 W. Swann Ave., close to its original site at 1603 Grand Central Ave. between South Dakota and Rome avenues. An opening date will be announced in the coming months.
Goody Goody had expanded to two drive-in-style locations in Tampa before it closed 10 years ago. In its new incarnation under the direction of operating partner Marc Zudar of Zudar's Deli fame, the eatery will function as fast-casual with table service rather than a drive-thru. But it will still dish out burgers with Goody Goody's trademark secret sauce, fresh-cut fries, ice cream and the popular butterscotch pie.
The Columbia group bought the burger concept from then-owner Michael Wheeler in October 2014. Next year, the team plans to open an Ybor City Sicilian spot called Casa Santo Stefano in the former Ferlita Macaroni Factory building at 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue.
• Craft & Curd, a new South Tampa cheese-wine-beer haven run by Tom Kisthart, will throw a free grand-opening tasting from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The specialty goods shop at 2908 W. Gandy Blvd., which sources more than 60 wines marked at $15 or less, will sample as many as 50 brews and wines during the weekend event. Craft & Curd’s cheeses and meats will be highlighted as well.
• At 6653 Central Ave., St. Petersburg’s Craft Kafé, a contemporary bakery, coffeehouse and creamery, opened less than a month ago. The 1,300-square-foot cafe is co-owned by chef Teddy Skiadiotis and specializes in gluten-free baked goods. Those who’ve visited Skidder’s Restaurant in St. Pete Beach may be familiar with Skiadiotis, who has operated Skidder's with his family for more than 20 years.
“I mill my own flour to make sure everything is 100 percent gluten-free,” he said in a statement. “We know the origins of everything prepared and served at Craft Kafé.”
Organic ingredient-driven salads, sandwiches and soups accompany house-crafted gelato and popsicles. Wash ’em down with locally roasted coffee, fresh juice and loose-leaf tea.
• Also in St. Pete, 4th Street Tap & Tavern recently replaced Sloppy Pelican at 8123 Fourth St. N. The neighborhood newbie carries a revamped lineup of beloved bar eats and continental classics, including carnivore- and vegetarian-friendly wraps, fried pickles and Cuban sandwiches. Daily food and drink specials are showcased alongside trivia and live music.
• The Temple Terrace Italian restaurant Bacco and Venere held its official opening this past weekend. The celebration featured a ribbon cutting and introduced diners to new offerings.
A mix of traditional Italian and American-Italian nouvelle cuisine, the fine-dining spot at 8787 N. 56th St. serves items like ravioli and lasagna made with fresh pasta, as well as meatballs and sausage made in-house. Wines by the bottle or glass, and, oh yeah, truffles and gelato, round out the menu.