Russian restaurant Babushka’s will open new location in South Tampa

It’s moving into the old Boca in Hyde Park.

click to enlarge Babushka’s is opening a South Tampa location at 901 W Platt St.—the former home of Boca. - RAY ROA
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Babushka’s is opening a South Tampa location at 901 W Platt St.—the former home of Boca.


Russian restaurant Babushka’s is opening a South Tampa location in the fall according to a sign hanging at 901 W Platt St.—the former home of Boca.

Though Creative Loafing Tampa Bay has not heard back from anyone at the Temple Terrace restaurant—there is no evidence on it’s social media pages that the original location, at 12639 N 56th St., is closing. So we’ll cross our fingers that this we’ll be the second location.

Opened since 2018, the strip-mall located spot is one of the few places in the Tampa Bay area to get Russian cuisine like borscht, beef stroganoff, and pelmeni dumplings. Babushka’s also serves brunch on the weekend with goodies like Salmon Drakini (vodka and dill salt cured salmon served with hashbrowns, capers).

Boca was another victim of 2020, the popular brunch and happy hour spot closed in December.

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