New brewery coming to Ybor Heights, new spicy chicken in Tampa Bay, plus more local foodie news

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Here’s a new round of Tampa Bay foodie news to nosh on while you wait for the second dose of vaccine to finish its two-week festering period.


Beans and Barlour Favorites have one more month until B&B’s current home at 538 1st Ave. N closes and moves to a new location less than a half-mile away. The move lets owners expand their menu (10 types of bagels? Yes please!) and serve breakfast all day all while still serving their signature boozy desserts. 407 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

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Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen CEO and co-founder Chris Gannon, son of Outback Steakhouse founder Tim Gannon finally brought his fresh bowl concept back home with this, the 18th Florida location, which celebrates with a weeklong grand opening kicking off May 11 in the ‘burbs. 1544 W Brandon Blvd.

Deviant Libation Tim Ogden’s Ybor Heights brewery—along with the rest of the Crab Devil art compound it’s a part of—got wet zone approval and could open before summer ends. Ogden’s had paddle in hand for some of Tampa craft beer’s most iconic sips including Cigar City Brewing’s Tocabagga red ale, Cigar City Brewpub’s Alexander & the Grapes double IPA and TBBCo.’s Facemelter imperial red. 3800 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. @DeviantLibation on Facebook

Revolve Kitchen/MrBeast Burger After some confusion about the brick and mortar-ness of the location, owner Jim Fucetola explained that his new South Tampa concept will—via tablets mounted outside—allow diners to enjoy the delivery and pickup only MrBeast Burger on site. The kitchen will also features menu items from chef Michael Langas CEC. 5229 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. @MrBeastRevolveKitchen on Facebook

Pete’s General Store and Bakery The original Pete’s, which is part bodega part bakery, just celebrated its second anniversary in the Historic Uptown Neighborhood two miles away, and this new shop will focus on the OG’s bagels and bakes goods, along with what co-owner Steve Peterman called “other surprises.” 2361 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg.


Chick-fil-A is testing a new spicy chicken in Tampa Bay The new additions, which are made with a “spicy blend of peppers” means that older, less bold and savory items—including the Original Chick-n-Strips, Grilled Cool Wrap, and the side salad—needed to be removed. Tampa Bay isn't the first market to get the Spicy Chick-n-Strip concept food, the items were first introduced in 2017 at select locations in Arizona and Charlotte, and were just recently expanded to areas like Tampa, Chicago and Central Texas. Multiple locations.—Colin Wolf

Jug & Bottle is approved for wet zoning and will build patio for in-person dining General Manager Ryan Fouche said that, “If everything goes smoothly, everything should be ready by late June.” So beers with your 3 Dot Dash in the Heights. Sounds good. 6203 N Florida Ave., Tampa.

Vegan grocery Black Radish is celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday A small Saturday market features vendors including Sly Dogs Vegan Hot Dogs, Butter Ceramics, Groovy Ghoulie Vintage, and Split Seam, a handcrafted bag and embroidered goods shop owned by cycling scene champ Kierstyn Breaux. 2329 N 12th St., Tampa.

Downtown Tampa hotspot Jackson’s is paying its employees $100 to get vaccinated All of Jackson’s approximately 150 employees are eligible for the vaxx cash, and General Manager Miles McConnell says, ““We recognize how many people come into contact with our staff on an average day. To ensure the health and safety of everyone, we are now offering free, COVID testing to all employees, as well as a monetary incentive to get vaccinated.” 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa.—Ray Roa

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