Pinellas Park gets a Jollibee, Mr. Penguin is now open in New Tampa, and more in local foodie news

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Pinellas Park gets a Jollibee, Mr. Penguin is now open in New Tampa, and more in local foodie news
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Not only are new concepts popping up around town, we also have breweries and coffee shops launching their own food programs. This week we welcome new bites around Tampa Bay, and are patiently waiting for the confirmation of a concept that seems to be quietly coming along in Westshore. We also bid farewell to a restaurant that had a short, but action-packed, run in Seminole Heights. 

OPENINGS

Bandit Coffee Co. The shop has officially launched weekend food service. The food menu includes bowls and grab-and-go items like breakfast sandwiches and a spicy vegan burrito. Tentatively, hours for food service will be Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 2662 Central Ave., St. Pete

Big Ray's Fish Camp on the Riverwalk Debuting this Friday, you can expect the same seafood favorites that the OG location has to offer like grouper sandwiches followed by slices of fried key lime pie. 333 Franklin Street South, Tampa.

Charley’s American Bar An ode to the former Good Time Charlie’s, which was opened back in 1979 by magician and entertainer, Bob Cristafi. The concept got a facelift, from floorplan to food menu. 4030 W. Waters Ave., Tampa.

Coppertail Kitchen Coppertail Brewing Co. has taken over its own kitchen and has rolled out an entirely new menu. You can find typical bar shareables like wings and pretzels, alongside elevated eats like fish dip, cheeseboards and buffalo cauliflower. There’s also a variety of flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads. Hours for the brewery are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 2601 E. 2nd Ave, Tampa. 

Le Boudoir Owner of the former So Gourmet has new partnership and has launched Le Boudoir with a similar European-inspired menu. The restaurant is serving strictly lunch and dinner, with a weekend brunch. Happy hour is every Tuesday through Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. 3301 S. Dale Mabry HWY, Tampa.

Mr. Penguin The second location of the dessert joint has officially debuted in New Tampa. The location will have nearly 25 flavors, both dairy and nondairy, with sweet, fruity and sour offerings. Hours for the New Tampa location are Monday through Thursday noon-10 p.m., Friday noon-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 18089 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa.

COMING SOON

Elevation Coffee Roasters, LLC Renovations have begun on the latest cafe in Carrollwood. More details to come as construction continues and the opening date approaches. 4952 Northdale Blvd., Tampa. 

Jollibee The popular Filipino fast-food chain is coming to Pinellas Park in the near future. Construction has just begun, but we're ready for Chickenjoy to be in Tampa Bay. 4045 Park Blvd N. #101, Pinellas Park.

Old-School Bar and Grill According to new signage, and the food truck parked in the parking lot, Old-School is planting new roots in the space which formerly housed The Bungalow Restaurant. If so, we can expect a daily happy hour, live music and special events like trivia and bingo nights. 2202 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

CLOSINGS

Florida Eats Last Friday was the concept’s last day of service after only a little over three months in business. The restaurant made headlines earlier this year when they entered into a lawsuit with Florida Avenue Brewing over the initial naming being “Florida Avenue Eats.” For those craving bowls in Seminole Heights, they can head to Chop Chop Shop at 4603 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 

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