Pokéworks is open at International Plaza, adult night coming to Florida Aquarium, and more in Tampa Bay foodie news

And loads of foodie events this month.

PHOTO COURTESY OF POKEWORKS
PHOTO COURTESY OF POKEWORKS

The food scene in Tampa Bay has been evolving over the years, and we can’t seem to go a few days without an announcement of a new restaurant opening or, in some cases, closing. Here’s the latest food news around town, and upcoming events you need to snag tickets for.

Openings

Pokéworks Now open inside International Plaza, serving up Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and burritos. On July 13 the joint will offer buy-one-get-one deals from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. to celebrate their grand openings. 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa.

BarrieHaus Beer Co. Ybor will gain a new microbrewery this fall that is lager-specific. Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks. 1403 E. 5th Ave., Tampa.

Greenstock A new salad concept will take over the former Kalamazoo Olive Oil Company location. The owners of Il Ritorno will be crafting the menu with fresh ingredients and house-made dressings. 449 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Hogan’s Hangout Maniacs! WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan is opening a beach bar. A date has yet to be announced, but you can prepare for bar bites like burgers, soups, salads, and draft beers. 499 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater. hoganshangout.com.

La La’s Sangria Bar This fall, Channelside will welcome a sangria bar with some serious patio seating. Short scooter ride away from Sparkman Wharf. 203 N. Meridian Ave., Tampa.

Closings

Cafe Hey The beloved cafe has shut down for renovations for an undisclosed period of time.

Karma Juice Bar & Eatery A fire resulted in $200,000 in damages, forcing the juice bar to close its doors. Until the renovations are finished, Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails will be housing Karma. The Clearwater location is still open. 

Events

Plant & Garden Market Indie Flea and O’Berry Succulents are throwing an all-vegan plant pop-up at Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli. July 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, cash for vendors. 2930 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport.

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest 3 Daughters Brewing will host live music, a Hard Seltzer Mixology Contest and give attendees unlimited samples of bites and beers from local vendors. July 20, 4-8 p.m. $50 prior to the event/ $55 day of. 222 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. 

Sips Under the Sea Adult night at the Florida Aquarium will give 21+ attendees access to all exhibits and signature cocktails. Time to swap the stroller for some booze this go ‘round. July 24, 7-10 p.m. $39/per ticket. 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa. 

Margarita Wars Attendees can take advantage of unlimited marg samples throughout the evening. There will also be live entertainment and passed hors d’ oeuvres. July 24, 7-10 p.m. 4121 N. 50th St., Tampa.

Summer Backyard BBQ Rollin’ Oats in St. Pete is hosting an anniversary party with live music, food, and wine tastings. Customers can enter a giveaway for a scooter from St. Pete Scooter Co. July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, bring money for vendors. 2842 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.

8th Annual 97X Craft Beer Experience Attendees can snag unlimited samples of more than 150 craft beers, ciders, meads, and wines. August 10, $45/per ticket. 400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg. 

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