King of the Coop coming to The Grove, Seminole Heights gets a new Korean fried chicken spot, and more local foodie news

Oh, and the Seahorse Restaurant returns on Pass-a-Grille.

click to enlarge King of the Coop coming to The Grove, Seminole Heights gets a new Korean fried chicken spot, and more local foodie news

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King of the Coop The doors open to KOTC’s second location within The Grove on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Upon opening, the location will have limited seating indoors with plans on offering outdoor seating in the future. When it comes to eats, The Grove joint has a menu that mirrors the OG location in Seminole Heights—including a gluten-friendly fried chicken recipe. 27835 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

Riveters The eclectic bar and restaurant made its debut on Wednesday, Jan. 13. As an ode to Rosie the Riveter, servers are sporting red bandanas and denim tops. On the first night of service, Riveters hosted a bike night event, inviting those with choppers to assemble and battle for a trophy while enjoying live music. 2301 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Sorrento Sweets Pinellas residents no longer have a need to hop over to Hyde Park Village for their Sorrento Sweets fixes. The concept has expanded to St. Petersburg, making a second home within the former Brew D Licious space. The menu boasts espresso drinks, pastries, gelato alongside a lineup of sandos. 667 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Coming Soon

Flatbread and Butter Jessie and Rebecca Muire—owners of St. Petersburg’s Flatbread & Butter—are bringing their baked goods, drinks, and breakfast foods across the Howard Frankland next year when they open a new location in downtown Tampa. Until then, head down to Flatbread and Butter's St. Pete location at 497 7th Ave. N., where hours of operation are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 160 W. Tyler St., Tampa.

Gangchu Buckle up for a newcomer to the blossoming Seminole Heights food scene. Owned by Ichicoro founder Noel Cruz, ganchu will serve Korean fried chicken alongside sips from its neighbor 7venth Sun Brewery. The KHOP IPA is described as a "deliciously balanced choreography of Strata, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops." 6618 N. Nebraska Ave., Seminole Heights. @eatgangchu on Instagram.

King’s Pizza According to an interview that Larry King Jr. gave to the Tampa Bay Times, local foodies can expect a Brooklyn-style pizza joint from him and his father, legendary talk show host Larry King sometime next year. The pizzas will be tossed within The Tavern at Cheval concept, owned by Larry King Jr. More details to come. 4312 Cheval Blvd., Lutz.

Sky Puppy Brewing Award-winning brewer Matthew McKinnon and wife Danielle are launching Sky Puppy Brewing within the former New World site in Ybor City. The duo is currently working with architects and construction companies on applications for city permits, developing recipies and ordering for the brewhouse and canning line. More details to come. 1313 E. 8th Ave., Ybor City. @skypuppybrewing on Facebook.

Willa’s/Willa’s Provisions Initially slated to open early 2020, forthcoming North Hyde Park eatery Willa’s, alongside sister coffee concept Willa’s Provisions is now scheduled to open early 2021. The duo will share the same building but operate as separate entities. Willa's (1700 W. Fig St.) and Willa's Provisions (310 N. Rome Ave.), Hyde Park.


The Seahorse In early December, Seahorse owners announced the restaurant’s closure, but its cult following wasn’t going to let the joint shutter without a fight. Thanks to the outpouring of love from the community, Jackie and Carl Hollenback decided to reopen with plans to eventually allow a selected management team to take over while they enjoy retirement. Slide by for breakfast and lunch dishes 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesday. 800 Pass-a-Grille Way, Pass-a-Grille Beach. 

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