There are no big closings to report this week, but the Tampa Bay food scene isn’t short on new openings, plans for still-forthcoming restaurants and in-person events (yikes). Look below to get the goods on a new concept from Seminole Heights’ C House, another rooftop bar in Ybor City, the Twisted Indian naanwich coming to a St. Pete brick-and-mortar new you and more.
Augustine’s Cheesecakes After several years operating from the back of Pro Kitchen Hub Tampa, Alysia and David Augustine have opened a storefront where customers can order Augstine’s cheesecake flavors—including almond crunch, chocolate, and the classic New York-style with strawberries—without heading to a pop-up market. FYI, cheesecakes will continue to be sold at the nearby Bakery Box Pop-Up, located at 5226 S Dale Mabry Hwy., every Thursday from noon-6 p.m. 5224-A S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. augustinescheesecakes.com
Grand Cathedral Cigars One of Tampa Heights’ historic churches got a new life when Angela Yue reopened it as a cigar bar and lounge complete with conference area, and a 6,000-square-foot outside event space—koi pond included. 2201 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. grandcathedralcigars.com
Happy Crab Belmont Heights has a new strip-mall, cajun-style seafood boil spot perfect for takeout (or dining in if you want to be at one of the three tables). The menu has “make your own seafood combos” with choices including shrimp, snow crab, king crab, crawfish, clams, mussels and sausage. The combinations include corn and potatoes. 2115 E Hillsborough Ave. No. 3, Tampa. @happycrab2 on Facebook
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams The Popular ice cream brand further expanded its footprint in Florida with its second Tampa location at mixed-use development The Pearl across the street from Armature Works. Unique ice cream flavors like the signatures Brambleberry Crisp and Gooey Butter Cake plus fun, bolder flavors like Everything Bagel can be found on the menu. 305 W Palm Ave., Tampa. jenis.com
Palazzo Pizza South Tampa got another carb-lover option when Palazzo Pizza opened on Platt Street last week within a building that’s been abandoned for the better part of a decade. A press release says the restaurant takes “inspiration from Boston and Italy” which include Boston’s North End-style meatballs, a Tampa Italian salad, and a Cinnamon Toast Crunch dessert. Customers can choose from dine-in, takeout or delivery options. Slices are only available as “Late Night Hyde Park Cafe Specials” after 10 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. in honor of Palazzo’s nightclub neighbor. 1818 W Platt St., Tampa. eatpalazzopizza.com
Santo's Drinkeria at Casa Santo Stefano The Ybor City indoor-outdoor rooftop bar has a coffee menu (including the boozy Caffè Corretto with a Taste of Sambuca), six specialty cocktails, and extensive wine and beer list plus small plates and dessert. 1607 N 22nd St., Ybor City. casasantostefano.com—Jenna Rimensnyder
Taste of the Fair The Florida State Fair is postponed until April, but there’s a Tampa drive-thru that serves fair food seven days a week. Owner Matthew Lauther told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay he originally planned to close Busch Boulevard location Feb. 2 but recently admitted that he’s not sure of his plans yet. 2702 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa @tasteofthefairtogo on Facebook
The Battery Owners of Seminole Heights’ C House are opening a new concept at downtown Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf. It’s one of three new standalone restaurants coming to the culinary playground (South Tampa’s jaw-dropping Noble Rice and Florida chain Burger-Fi are also on the way). A press release says that The Battery will be a 4,000-square-foot “a refined-yet-comfortable restaurant, bar, lounge and boutique event space” that’ll focus on fancy bourbon, wine and classic bites. sparkmanwharf.com
The Nosh Pit Owners of St. Petersburg’s The Wheelhouse are opening The Nosh Pit, a New York-style Jewish deli in West St. Petersburg at the parcel once home to Corned Beef Corner. The menu that includes classics like knishes, lox, all-beef hot dogs, egg creams, black and white cookies, latkes and matzo ball soup. If you’re feeling extra hungry and competitive, the deli offers the Meshugganah Dagwood sandwich challenge which boasts “huge stack of deli meats, schmears, Jewish garnishes piled higher than the Skyway” for $49 if you fail at eating everything and a free t-shirt whether you finish it or not. 4040 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. @TheNoshPitStPete on Facebook
Wicked Pour The Odessa-based taproom—located at 12351 SR-54—just signed a lease to open a 26 wine and beer tap, self-serve downtown Tampa location at the new Hyatt House/Hyatt Place located at 405. E. Kennedy near Sparkman Wharf. Tampa Bay Business Journal says the 1,000-square-foot taproom will include a large patio and serve charcuterie. An opening date has not been announced. thewickedpour.com
Twisted Indian St. Pete Rising says the popular food truck is shooting for a spring opening for a brick and mortar location in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central neighborhood. The menu will include some of the Indian food truck’s popular dishes like tikka masala naanwiches in addition to new items. 2641 Central Ave., St. Petersburg thetwistedindian.com
Forthcoming Tampa coffee shop Rise Koffee + Kulture launches Kickstarter page The shop hopes to debut in Ybor City of West Tampa by May 2021, but for now is looking for additional backers to help Rise’s vision of opening a shop that embodies Black culture, community, and coffee. The campaign ends on Feb. 8, so get on it. risekoffeekulture.com—Jenna Rimensnyder
Seltzerland, a socially-distant hard seltzer fest on a golf course, returns to Tampa this spring Westchase Golf Course plays host on Saturday, March 27. Each “drinking crew” signs up for a time slot, and proceeds to walk the fairways for a golf-less 2.5 hours of hard seltzer tasting, food, photo opps, live music and games. Groups can be up to 20 people, and “tee times” are every 10 minutes. This is essentially what people do when they say they’re “golfing,” but in a festival setting. 11602 Westchase Golf Dr., Tampa. seltzerland.com—Colin Wolf
Super Bowl headliner The Weeknd kicked off Black History Month with a bang The starboy donated 150 meals from Black-owned restaurant Mama’s Southern Soul Food to frontline healthcare workers at AdventHealth Carrollwood. The meals—baked chicken and yam—were delivered in partnership with Postmates, which is showcasing Black-owned restaurants via its “Weeknd Picks” feature.
Edge Urban Market Place In downtown St. Pete’s Edge District (stylized “EDGE”), the collective will be home to a hotel, food hall and co-working space spread across a 1.5-acre location. For now, however, it will operate as a temporary pop-up market with retail and restaurant space including two 40-foot containers with curated food and drinks by local chefs and courtyard seating. Phase 1 launches Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. with several Super Bowl-themed activities. 1246 Central Ave., St. Petersburg edgecollectivemarketplace.com
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