Kingsford, the charcoal company, is opening a restaurant in Tampa this summer

The charcoal folks are bringing us DIY s’mores.


Alert the Kingsford stan in your life and tell them they don’t have to have a backyard barbecue to get fresh-off-the-grill grub. That's because Kingsford Fire Grille opens in Tampa’s Westshore district in July. The 7,900-square-foot restaurant is at 204 Westshore Plaza in the Westshore Plaza parking lot neighboring Seasons 52.

The one-of-a-kind restaurant is branded with the Kingsford charcoal company through an exclusive deal, a release stated. 

Kingsford isn’t going to be serving hot dogs either—menu items include Caesar salad with chargrilled romaine and smoked oak-barrel-aged bourbon cocktails. Most important are the DIY tableside s'mores—I’ll take my ‘mallows burnt, please. 

“We’ve been developing this concept for quite some time and we couldn’t be more thrilled that its debut is just a few months away,” Vice President of Kingsford Fire Grille Mike DeMaio “Guests can expect an unparalleled dining experience that will invoke the sentimental joys of a backyard cookout, but with an elevated flare.”

DeMaio has a stacked restaurant industry resume including being the Vice President of Operations at Brinker International–the corporation behind Chili’s and Macaroni Grill.

Kingsford has an Instagram account with not much information other than the restaurant exists. And yes, the food will be better than the pulled pork.

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