Four Green Fields reopens in Tampa, Cap’s seafood arrives in St. Pete, and more local foodie news

And Wesley Chapel’s massive shipping container park Krate also celebrates its grand opening this weekend.

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Four Green Fields  This week, Tampa's beloved Irish pub Four Green Fields opened its iconic green door once again. Located in its Channel District, the new location's painted facade is reminiscent of the original bar that opened as America's first authentic thatched-roofed Irish pub in 1992. Unfortunately, after joining the laundry list of bars, restaurants and stores that fell victim to the hardships of COVID-19, the original Platt Street location shut its doors for good after 30 years of being of service in 2020. While the new location's 16,000-square-foot warehouse is different from the original pub's layout, the entrance welcomes its beloved patrons with a mural made to mimic the Platt Street bar front—with the original green door. The new Fields, located between Sparkman Wharf and Ybor City, features an outdoor patio area, an in-house microbrewery and a whiskey tasting room. Radican Irish protest band the Wolfe Tones are rumored to be playing there on Friday, June 3. 802 N 12th St., Tampa.

Cap’s This open air seafood joint celebrates its official grand opening on Friday, June 3 in the space formerly occupied by MacDinton’s Irish Pub, which unexpectedly closed in early April. Cap’s soft opened last month, but is finally ready to celebrate a grand opening and transition into full service. Fully equipped with outdoor-only seating, a raw seafood bar with specialty oysters and bar-side steam kettles, this restaurant boasts the “tastes of Old Florida with modern Americana flare.” Alongside a wide variety of seafood to choose from, are hearty entrees like its barbecue chicken flatbread, prosciutto and manchego croquetas, smashed burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. If the First Friday madness isn’t your scene, you can visit Cap’s from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 226 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg. @caps_stpetefl on Instagram


Krate’s Grand Opening Self-described “an open-air entertainment destination featuring one-of-a-kind retail & restaurant concepts,” Wesley Chapel’s new shipping container destination Krate (stylized as “KRɅTE”) is the new go-to spot for all things food, drink and shopping. Located in the popular shopping center The Grove, Krate features 55 unique concepts, an outdoor stage for events and presentations, and even an interactive play area for kiddos. The 26,240 square-foot space has been in the works for over two years now, and is finally ready to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, June 4 . According to the grand opening Facebook event page, festivities will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and include live music, family-fun, face painters, magic shows, art walls and bounce houses—alongside opportunities to try food and beverages from Krate's various culinary concepts. 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

The Mad Hatter's Gin & Tea Party Not to be confused with St. Pete’s late-night Kava hangout Mad Hatters, this upcoming pop-up is a dinner theater-meets-mixology event that leads guests down a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland"-themed rabbit hole. The entire program runs for about 90 minutes, as the Mad Hatter himself leads the audience through the familiar tale, as professional mixologists provide three boozy teas that scream "Drink Me." All of the craft cocktails provided will be made with gin, but there will be non-alcoholic tea options available as well. Although the secret location of this pop-up has yet to be revealed, tickets can be purchased at for $61 per person. Each ticket comes with three whimsical, themed cocktails and all of the Insta-worthy photo opportunities you can dream of. The Mad Hatter's Gin & Tea Party happens from Thursday-Sunday throughout the month of July. Times range from afternoon tea at 2 p.m. at the earliest, with the latest party starting at 10 p.m.

Coming Soon

Bad Ass Coffee Budding coffee and tea franchise, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii  announced the signing of a multi-unit agreement that will bring five of its franchise locations to the Tampa Bay Area. Bad Ass Coffee is expected to open in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Treasure Island and Wesley Chapel by mid-2024. The chain already has Florida locations in Naples, Miramar Beach, Pensacola and Santa Rosa Beach, according to a press release. Known for its no-nonsense sourcing and unique approach to the traditional flavors of Hawaiian coffee, Bad Ass locations currently serve an assortment of coffee, teas, espresso beverages, blended drinks like its signature "Koffee Kooler," smoothies, Hawaiian-inspired food and more.

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