New upscale eats in Ybor, hot chicken coming to St. Pete, and more Tampa Bay foodie news

click to enlarge Ybor City’s new boutique hotel, Hotel Haya, has three food and drink concepts. - William Zbaren
William Zbaren
Ybor City’s new boutique hotel, Hotel Haya, has three food and drink concepts.


This week’s roundup is all about coffee, brews and brunch. That’s right, get ready to be buzzed around the clock with newbies sprinkled throughout Tampa Bay. In other news, another boutique hotel wants in on the restaurant scene, and Nash’s Hot Chicken is leveling up from a food truck to a storefront. In case you missed it, Meals on Wheels Kids is expanding its reach, and the Florida Photography Museum is showcasing an exhibit to help struggling food concepts, too.

Openings

Bastet The brewery features a taproom and plenty of original small-batch brews, like “How Now Brown Cow,” an imperial milk stout, “Hot Tub Time Machine,” an imperial India pale ale and “Aw Shucks,” a cream ale. The name for the brewery, Bastet, pays homage to the importance of beer in ancient Egyptian societies. “The story of Bastet is a story of how beer saved the world. History has again and again shown that beer has changed the world in significant ways. 1951 E. Adamo Dr. Suite B, Palmetto Beach. bastetbrewing.com —Nora O’Neill

Brass Tap The elevated prototype location is now up and running in between the North Bon Air and Oakford Park neighborhood, just south the upcoming Midtown Tampa development. Considered Brass Tap 3.0, guests can expect accordion-style doors leading out to a huge covered outdoor patio, an expanded food menu and a selection of over 150 brews. The joint is located next to chicken spot, and fellow FSC Franchise Co. establishment, The Hatchery. 203 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. brasstapbeerbar.com

Hotel Haya The boutique hotel launched in Ybor City with three food and drink concepts: Café Quiquiriqui, upscale restaurant Flor Fina and Haya Pool Bar. No need to be a guest to slide in and dine or grab a drink from the full bar. The cafe offers espresso drinks, eats like Cuban sandos and other grab-and-go options. Flor Fina has a rotating menu of ceviche alongside elevated dishes for date night. The pool bar, which is closed until further notice, will someday pour up seasonal cocktails and boozy ice pops. 1412 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. hotelhaya.com


Reopening

District Tavern The neighborhood bar welcomes new Executive Chef Cody Tiner to the roster. Tiner’s first initiative was to revamp the gastropub’s brunch menu with dishes like mini-pancake cereal with mini pancakes, peanut butter whipped cream, maple syrup, and almond granola. Brunch is served 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. each weekend. 116 N. 12th St., Tampa. districttaverntampa.com


Coming soon

Buddy Brew Coffee The local java titan is launching another location in St. Petersburg. Up until the announcement of the ‘Burg location, St. Pete’s coffee lovers have had to secure the beans at various locations in Tampa (or the lone location in Sarasota). More details to come as an opening date is announced. Buddy Brew is also looking to open its Bay to Bay Boulevard location within the next few weeks. Buckle up, bean heads. 2424 4th St. N., St. Petersburg. buddybrew.com

The Chelsea St. Pete Early next year, St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District is welcoming the a new coffee bar. The Chelsea plans on offering coffee, tea, beer, wine, and bites. The space also plans on hosting a variety of decor, art, and home accessories for sale. 2462 5th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. thechelseastpete.com

Hot Wax Coffee Shop A product of Hot Wax Smoke Shop, the coffee house is set to open its doors next month offering regular drip coffee, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos. Local coffee brands like espresso brand Café Perez will be featured on the menu alongside a wide range of food like pastries, sandwiches, kava and kratom teas, beer and wine. CBD products will be sold, too. 1522 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City. @hotwaxcoffeeshop on Instagram. —Alexandria Jones

Nash’s Hot Chicken The fried chicken food truck is closing up shop at the end of the month. But don’t fear, Nash’s is launching a storefront just a short walk away in St. Pete’s EDGE District. Not only will the new location host limited seating, but diners will also get a taste of some new menu items including Nashville hot chicken salad and homemade banana pudding. 905 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. nashschicken.com


ICYMI

The Chef’s Special The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) has announced a call for entries for the upcoming exhibition, “The Chef’s Special,” to spotlight struggling restaurants. The exhibition will consist of portraits of local service industry professionals. Local photographers are encouraged to submit portraits of local restaurant owners and workers. Restaurants looking to participate can reach out to be matched with a local photographer. The deadline to submit is Jan. 24, 2021. fmopa.org

MOW4Kids The MOW4Kids program launched in March in response to COVID-19 school closures. It was designed to deliver meals to homes of children 18 years or younger who are not able to access meal distribution sites throughout the county, and/or have difficulty accessing open food pantries. Most recently, the program expanded its reach to Clearwater in late August and now, the MOW4Kids has added two more local cities—Safety Harbor and Lutz—to its route. For more information, visit networktoendhunger.org/mow4kids

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