Tampa's District Tavern acquires new executive chef and revives brunch

Cody Tiner was formerly head chef of CW’s Gin Joint and chef de cuisine of Piquant Hyde Park.

click to enlarge Mini Pancake Cereal ($12): Mini pancakes, peanut butter whipped cream, maple syrup and almond granola. - COURTESY
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Mini Pancake Cereal ($12): Mini pancakes, peanut butter whipped cream, maple syrup and almond granola.

Downtown neighborhood restaurant, District Tavern, has some big news to share. Not only has the concept snagged a new executive chef, but it also revamped its brunch menu. The gastropub has welcomed new executive chef, Cody Tiner, to its kitchen. Tiner was formerly head chef of CW’s Gin Joint and chef de cuisine of Piquant Hyde Park.

As part of his new position, Tiner teamed up with the restaurant's beverage director, Ryan Fitzgerald to craft dishes that pair well with craft cocktails like Morning Cartoons with Count Chocula-infused rum, bitters and citrus. The prime hangover drink is the michelada with orange wheat ale, Thai chili and tomato. If you're not willing to stray from your usual brunch sips, don't worry, the joint still serves up bloody marys, seasonal mimosa, and rosé sangria. Dishes range from $11-$14 with eats like mini-pancake cereal (pictured) with mini pancakes, peanut butter whipped cream, maple syrup, and almond granola. Brunch is served 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. each weekend. 

“We are so pleased to have Cody part of the team! We wanted to hit the ground running and we started with brunch right away,” said Allison Dougherty, District Tavern Owner, in a release. Doughtery also shared that the concept is looking forward to expanding its catering and private event services now that the new chef is onboard.

In honor of massive sales, District Tavern will be serving up brunch Friday,  Nov. 27, for Black Friday shoppers.

Other than brunch, District Tavern hosts weekday happy hour from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., with a stocked bar offering wine, draft and bottled brews, and craft cocktails like the That'll Do Pig made with bacon washed tequila, bird's Eye chili, blue agave, charred lime and Hawaiian black sea salt.

The restaurant's main menu features shareable dishes like shrimp fritters, and nachos. Diners can also opt for soups, salads, bowls, flatbreads or sandwiches. There's also a hefty amount of plant-based options on the menu like buffalo cauliflower, vegan mac, veggie tacos and an Impossible burger. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, District Tavern also serves fried Oreos, chocolate cake and scoops of vanilla ice cream. 

In other news, the gastropub is celebrating its fifth anniversary Dec. 18-20. According to a release, "Festivities will allow for social distancing by making use of their outdoor parklet, courtesy of Downtown Partnership in coordination with Jane Castor’s Lift Up Local initiative."

District Tavern is located at 116 N. 12th St. on the ground floor of the SkyHouse Channelside apartment complex in downtown Tampa. Outdoor seating is available for those who want to soak up the breezy temps and/or aren't quite ready to dine indoors with local foodies. Guests can also opt for contactless delivery or grab their dishes to-go.  

click to enlarge District Tavern taps announce Cody Tiner as new Executive Chef. Tiner was formerly Head Chef of CW’s Gin Joint. - COURTESY
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District Tavern taps announce Cody Tiner as new Executive Chef. Tiner was formerly Head Chef of CW’s Gin Joint.

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