These last two weeks have been a doozy in the Tampa Bay food scene. A few joints decided to make their debut before the end of the year, while others are planning to open their doors in the new decade. Unfortunately, three joints have shuttered before getting to serve up eats in the roaring 20s.
Bakery Box This shared 300-square-foot retail space located at 5226 S. Dale Mabry in Tampa, allows Pro Kitchen Hub Tampa clients to sell their products to the public. So far, the list includes local small foodie businesses including Moonlights Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Rush, Urban Bakers, and Big Crush Slush. 5226 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa. prokitchenhubtampa.com
Bar Fly Safety Harbor’s fly fishing-inspired bar and restaurant debuted a second location in Palm Harbor. It has a casual seafood oriented menu, a gift shop where Bar Fly swag is sold, an outdoor patio for live music, and a laid back atmosphere. 1026 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. barflysafetyharbor.com
Blind Tiger Foundation Coffee Co. ended its lease with Sparkman’s Wharf last week according to TBT, allowing Blind Tiger to slide into its old remodeled shipping container. offering an all-day breakfast menu—something that the other locations don’t offer. 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. blindtigercafe.com
Greenstock A new salad-based concept, Greenstock is now in soft opening stages in downtown St. Petersburg within the former Kalamazoo Olive Oil Company space. The menu will center around fresh ingredients and house-made dressings, which accompany chef-inspired salads and paninis. 449 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. eatatgreenstock.com
Jimmy’s Tacos The new authentic Mexican restaurant is officially slinging eats in Ybor City, but the concept celebrating a grand opening celebration on Friday, January 3 at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ybor City Commerce. It has a simple menu with rotating daily specials like its shredded beef cooked in a Guajillo chili taco. 1604 N. 17th St., Ybor City. jimmystacosfl.com
Rocket Fizz The niche soda and candy store has officially debuted its St. Pete location that used to house Daddy Kool Records. The shop has been donning a 1950s looking sign on its storefront for a few months now, and we finally get a taste of the nostalgia, sweet tooth cravings, and weird items, like mustard soda, they carry. 668 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. rocketfizz.com
Sugar Factory Tampa is getting its newest and sweetest addition yet, as the craft candy and dessert restaurant Sugar Factory opens this weekend on the mezzanine level of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. It’s also a 120-seat full-service restaurant with its signature 4,000-square-foot, floor-to-ceiling candy wall with over 500 types of candy, which is set to be one of the most Instagrammable spots in Tampa. 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa. Sugarfactory.com
The Blend Mother and daughter team, Stacha Madsen and Nichole McVicar, who left behind a self-sustaining coffee shop in Seattle (also named The Blend) are coming in hot into the coffee community pouring up espresso drinks, as well as a selection of wine, brews, kombucha and bites. The coffee shop will also host live music out on the patio. Looks like there is another place to get buzzed in the 'Burg. 1211 4th St. N., St. Petersburg.
The Brunchery The popular Valrico breakfast spot The Brunchery has finally opened its second location in Tampa Palms. This joint has a wide selection of comforting breakfast favorites like loaded omelets, stuffed french toast, and an array of benedicts. If an all-day breakfast isn't your thing, lunch offerings include classic soups and salads. 17507 Preserve Walk Ln., Tampa Palms. brunchery.com
Vizcaya Restaurante South Spanish restaurant Vizcaya, known for their sangria and wide selection of tapas, has moved just 11 miles down the road from their original Carrollwood location. The new space hosts live music, an upstairs lounge, and rooftop outdoor seating. 3671 S. Westshore Blvd, Tampa. vizcayarestaurante.com
Aroma Joe’s Maine-based coffee chain Aroma Joe's is set to open two locations in Tampa Bay in early 2020. The first location in Land O’ Lakes will open in February, according to the TBBJ, and the second Aroma Joe's location will be in Clearwater, although the exact location is yet to be determined. aromajoes.com
Buddy Brew Coffee We know what you're thinking, does Tampa really need another coffee shop? Well according to Buddy Brew owners Dave and Susan Ward, this location may be their most exciting one yet. According to TBBJ, Buddy Brew will be sharing space with Chill Bros. Scoop Shop. 3302 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. buddybrew.com
Endeavr The latest cafe opening in Tampa in early 2020 will be located within Embarc Collective, which is described as an "innovation hub that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent." The menu will be handled by Blind Tiger owner Roberto Torres. 802 E. Whiting St., Tampa.
Esposito's This Italian eatery will offer appetizers, pies, sandwiches and salads. Oh, it'll also pour up craft brews and have a heft wine selection. 191 Orange St., Unit 40, Palm Harbor.
Harvest Bowl Sister duo and Tampa natives, Athar and Atheer Naif are opening up the fast-casual healthy restaurant and market expected to dish out lots of entrees with grilled meats and veggies, acai bowls, smoothies, and a full-blown salad bar. 6109 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.
Naked Farmer The storefront of the forthcoming eatery reads, "Lunch served faster than you can say 'farm fresh, chef prepared, seasonal food made from scratch.'" 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. eatnakedfarmer.com
The Grove Wesley Chapel retail shopping center, ‘The Grove,’ is in the works of getting permits for a shipping container park. Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel.
EATS! American Grill The joint was known for the sports bar bites like loaded burgers, sandwiches, wings and brews, at 4502 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. The restaurant's last social media post was made November 17, and shuttered soon after.
Nueva Cantina The South Tampa location of the laid-back Mexican restaurant has quietly closed. The second location moved into the old Love's Artifacts space on Macdill Ave. just last summer, and after a little over a year of business the company has recently taken down all social media linked to its South Tampa location.
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