In Hillsborough, stacked sandwiches are heading to Lutz, craft brews make their way to Carrollwood, while Eastlick Coffee and Emo Night Tampa take over South Tampa's WeVegan Cafe this Saturday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. More Tampa Bay foodie news can be found at this week's roundup below.
Where’s Jubes Located at the former Lucky Dill Deli space in downtown St. Pete, the Where’s Jubes team is gearing up for a soft opening slated for sometime in early May, according to owner Josh Cameron. Cameron tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that his brewpub and grill has encountered permitting delays, so when Where’s Jubes soft opens next month, it won’t be selling food or its own craft beer just yet. During next month’s soft opening, guests can expect a rotating tap list featuring beer from other Tampa Bay-based breweries, until Where’s Jubes is fully up and running. When the Aussie brewpub and grill is eventually operating at full service, it will boast a menu of house-brewed craft beer and hearty dinner favorites. 277 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. wheresjubes.com
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop The Nevada-based sub chain's Odessa location was the first in Tampa, and there are currently plans to open 15 more throughout the Bay, according to a press release. The fast-casual eatery is known for niche sandwich combinations like "The Bobbie"— made with oven-roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. But the star of the show is the cheesesteaks, offered with the classic fixings or the more unique "Chicken Chipotle Crunch", the crunch coming from crispy cheddar onions. Pub subs will definitely be getting some stiff competition. 1948 Collier Pkwy., Lutz. order.capriottis.com —Brandalynn Nuñez Cepeda
Wulfaven Brewing Co. Marketing itself as “Carrollwood’s first microbrewery,” family-owned and operated Wulfaven Brewing Co. says it will debut in Tampa later this year. "Our tap list will be a combination of all things crisp and clean. Of course, also we’ll be slinging some juicy and bitter IPAs and pale ales for all of you hop chasers out there!” its website reads. Future customers can expect a shaded and fan-equipped patio and recreational outdoor space when the new brewery opens in a few months. The FAQ section on the Wulfaven website also states that dogs are welcomed on the patio, while kiddos are welcome until about 8:30 p.m.; after that, service will become 21+. 10828 Perez Dr., Tampa. wulfaven.com
Emo Night Tampa x Eastlick Coffee bar takeover Three our favorite things come together this weekend when Emo Night Tampa DJs heads to a vegan cafe just north of Gandy where they’ll spin tunes—plus pull shots of a signature roast made by the mighty fine folks at Tampa Bay’s very own Eastlick Coffee all while WeVegan cooks dish out a signature Emo Night Tampa-inspired brekkie sandwich. The fun at the Emo Night Tampa and Eastlick Coffee WeVegan Cafe takeover happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 4326 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa. weveganeats.com.—Ray Roa
Coppertail Brewing Co. and ZooTampa collaboration The beer selection at ZooTampa at Lowry Park just got way more local. The rehabilitation-focused zoo—located at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa—just announced that it's teamed up with Ybor City-based Coppertail Brewing Co. to help further wildlife conservation efforts. According to a press release, “the two companies decided to form the partnership following a shared commitment to environmental efforts and the market’s taste for craft beers that support a local non-profit mission. The Tampa-based brewery and popular zoo formalized their collaboration through 2024. 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. zootampa.org
Koya is taking reservations again The tasting-menu spectacle known as Koya is a highly sought-after experience for the foodies of Tampa. After closing its books for the month of April, the South Tampa omakase restaurant reopened its reservations for May to the public on April 15, according to an Instagram post. Time slots have filled up for the next month, but will reopen again every 15th of the month at 10 a.m. Even if you missed this round of tastings, the wait will give you time to save some money since a seat at the table goes for $295 per person, with up to eight people dining at a time. 807 W Platt St., Tampa. koyatampa.com