St. Pete’s Doormét closes, JB3 DoughJoe debuts in Ybor City, and more in Tampa Bay foodie news

And specialty bakery Elevenses announces its debut Tampa storefront.

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JB3 DoughJoe The "Best Bread in Florida" according to Food & Wine magazine now has a new home in historic Ybor City. After a successful soft opening last week, Jamison B's Breadhouse's new grab n' go shop at 1806 1/2 N Nebraska Ave. will open to the public from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, as its hours will slowly expand. This grab n' go shop was announced in early 2022, as fans of Jamison B's Breadhouse Bakes have been patiently waiting for a spot to purchase their beloved breads and pastries. Known for everything from cinnamon buns to sourdough to fancy focaccias—and even special gluten-free and vegan loaves—Jamison B.’s wide variety of offerings can tickle any dough-lover’s palette. The Jamison B. website also states that the shelves of JB3 DoughJoe will be stocked with "coffees and teas from our favorite local vendors, Buddy Brew, Eastlick, Java Planet and Roots and Ritual." 1806 1/2 N Nebraska Ave., Ybor City.

The Cereal Bar A new sweet business celebrates its debut on downtown St. Pete's prized 600 block. The Cereal Bar: Adventures in Ice Cream—located at 689 Central Ave., adjacent to the Floridan Social Club—is set to be St. Pete's newest spot for nostalgia-driven desserts. According to its Instagram, the new dessert spot opened Wednesday, Nov. 9, although it's unsure what its operating hours are. There’s large, step-by-step "how to order" instructions plastered on The Cereal Bar’s wall that instruct customers to first choose the size of their dessert, which ice cream they want, what cereal(s) they’d like to mix in, and finally, what sweet toppings will finish it off. Core ice cream flavors include vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, with temporary seasonal flavors like peppermint, cinnamon and espresso. Current cereal options—which are blended into the ice cream— are Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Lucky Charms, a variety of different Cheerios, Rice Krispies, Fruity Pebbles among many, many more. 689 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @cerealbarstpete on Instagram

Oaks on 4th One of the most popular steakhouses in Tampa Bay is making waves with its second concept. The owners of Clearwater-based Bascom's Chop House will open Oaks on 4th, a brand new restaurant that's aiming for a December 2022 opening. This new eatery will debut out of the former Quickies BBQ restaurant at 4351 4th St. N, although renovations might render the space unrecognizable. Paul Bullard of Bascom's told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the Oaks on 4th menu is seasonal, chef-driven and "refined rustic." Guests can expect an extensive menu of small plates, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and of course, steaks, when Oaks on 4th debuts next month. According to Bullard, some of the most exciting dishes are Oaks on 4th's smoked beef bacon with apple slaw and chargrilled New Orleans-style oysters loaded with butter and bubbly parmesan cheese. A "nibble section" (separate from the appetizers) will consist of affordable small plates like pimento cheese spread, grilled artisan bread and chili citrus olives. 4351 4th St. N, St. Petersburg.

Crumbl South Tampa Fast-growing baked goods mega chain Crumbl Cookies opens a new outpost in South Tampa. This popular cookie shop opens on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 a.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 p.m. Located at 1902-A S Dale Mabry Hwy., Crumbl's 47th Florida location follows openings in Brandon, Lutz, Clearwater and St. Pete. There are currently 632 locations with over 200 rotating dessert-inspired flavors. The original shop opened in 2017 in Logan, Utah and Crumbl has rapidly expanded across 36 states nationwide. Crumbl changes the menu every week, serving four to five flavors at a time. Milk chocolate chip is always on the menu as the staple, but the rest of this week's selection include peanut butter nougat, Blue Monster (which features vanilla frosting with Chips Ahoy cookies on top), almond coconut fudge, sugar (which features vanilla chips, sprinkles, and a Mother's Eerie Critters cookie), and cornbread honey cake. 1902-A S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.


A bright yellow eatery on downtown St. Pete's prized 600 block has permanently closed its large garage doors. According to St. Pete Catalyst, "gourmet delivery" restaurant Doormét recently closed its second location at 681 Central Ave. Owner Jim Huss detailed the restaurant's closure to each customer on its email list, explaining the different reasons why Doormét closed just two years after its debut. “We have had consistent issues in St. Pete, everything from finding help, to growing the business, to increased food costs, to increased labor costs, high rents, and a general difficulty in reaching residences and getting orders from homes at night," the farewell email reads. "Ultimately, these issues caused family issues and were a serious detriment to our quality of life." Its flagship Tampa location has been up-and-running for more than a decade, but as Huss said in the email to his customers, they were "sure that we would replicate Tampa's success. However, that did not come to fruition." 681 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Coming Soon

Bonsai Beverage Co. New coffee house Bonsai Beverage Co. will open its first location in Clearwater by the end of the year. Located at 28929 U.S.-Hwy. 19 N, the menu will feature small batch roasted coffee drinks and snacks. There are also plans to add home-brewed kombucha, kava, kratom, and kefir to the menu. This spot is co-owned by Ean Neville, Ian O'Neill, and Rachael Brinson, three Pinellas county-based beverage enthusiasts. "We formed Bonsai Beverage Co. in 2021 over drinking coffee that just didn't taste quite right" Rachael told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay "We all collectively thought we could produce coffee with a better taste and better atmosphere." No exact date has been set for the official debut, though the owners are aiming for a soft opening by the end of the year and a January grand opening, which will feature vendors and events. The owners hope to open more locations in the future. 28929 U.S.-Hwy. 19 N, Clearwater.

Elevenses If you've ever browsed any Indie Flea markets, then chances are that Elevenses' colorful macarons have caught your eye. Well, the Tampa bakery is about to have a permanent home for its unique treats. Earlier this week, Elevenses announced that its debut storefront will open in V.M. Ybor. "This has been a dream that I never knew if it would be achievable, but we found this space and fell in love and decided to take a leap of faith,” Elevenses owner Jade Yelvington said on Instagram. “Cannot wait until it’s finished and we can open up our new home to all of your beautiful faces!” Although an opening date isn't set in stone, Yelvington told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that she's aiming for an early 2023 debut. Just a short scroll through its Instagram shows that the minds behind Elevenses can whip up any sweet treat imaginable from macarons and cookies to custom order cakes, cinnamon rolls, brownies and pies.In addition to its popular baked goods, Elevenses is also known for its colorful "cloud lattes," which consist of espresso layered between flavored milk bases. 1001 E Columbus Dr., Y.M. Ybor.


Tarpon Springs Seafood Festival
True Floridians know there's no better way to bounce back from a tropical storm than a three-day seafood festival. The 2022 Tarpon Springs Seafood Festival runs from Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13, and for the first time in decades the event is at Craig Park, located at 100 Library Ln. The 34th rendition of this annual festival takes place from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. And if you want to get to the fest's first day a little early, you can also attend its Veteran's Day ceremony at 11 a.m. In addition to a plethora of seafood—think fresh clams, crabs, lobster, shrimp, fish and more—this weekend's festival also features a wide variety of local vendors slinging everything from fishing gear and art to jewelry, crafts, hot sauce and other wares. Real Cajun Cooking, The Lobster Tank, London Chippy, Florida Fine Foods and The Salty Chef are just a few of the event's food vendors, and are all expected to put their own unique spin on some of The Sunshine State's freshest seafood. 100 Library Ln.,Tarpon Springs.

About The Authors

Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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