Yummy House has a new concept, new eats in Sparkman Wharf, and more Tampa Bay foodie news

Plus, a handful of Tampa establishments are in hot water from not following local COVID-19 ordinances.

Yummy House has a new concept, new eats in Sparkman Wharf, and more Tampa Bay foodie news

The country is still trying to find a way to get through this shit storm of a week, but nevertheless, there is food news. Here’s what’s coming, going and happening in the Tampa Bay food scene. Don’t forget to 86 the insurrectionists out of your life this weekend, too.

Read on to see more about Sparkman Wharf newbies, Commune+Co. ditching Armature Works and Tampa Heights’ new kombucha brewery. By the way, Santelli Pizza & Pasta opens in Odessa soon, and Yummy House launched a Vietnamese spot in South Tampa. Beyond that, a local spot was featured in a national Pepsi ad, and a handful of Tampa establishments are in hot water—and in danger of getting their alcohol permits revoked—for not following Tampa and Hillsborough coronavirus ordinances.

The pandemic is far from over, people. Do your part by wearing a mask, keeping your space, and when in doubt, order takeout or delivery.


Phở 813 Vietnamese The owners of Yummy House Chinese restaurants quietly opened a Vietnamese food spot in South Tampa. Its menu includes beef phở, bún bò Huế, summer rolls, crispy egg rolls, and more. Phở 813 is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.—and reopens at 5 p.m. for dinner—seven days a week. It closes at 9 p.m. every day except for Friday and Saturday when doors close at 9:30 p.m. There aren’t any social media pages for the joint yet, so just slide your pho-ckin ass over there. 3701 W. Henderson Blvd., Tampa.Ray Roa

Santelli Pizza & Pasta The fast-casual Italian restaurant opens its doors on Tuesday, Jan. 12.  Future diners can expect to see iconic Italian dishes to decorate the menu, which means calzones, zeppole, pasta with housemade sauces and New York-style pizzas. The spot also offers wine, canned brews and outdoor seating for those wanting some fresh air with their eats. 13357 SR-54, Odessa. santellipizza.com

Coming Soon

7th + Grove The Ybor City restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine is expanding with a second location at Sparkman Wharf. With plans to open mid-January, 7th + Grove no. 2 will servethe flagship’s signature shrimp and grits, while also introducing new items, like jerk chicken collard green egg rolls, deviled egg salad and more. Guests can also order from a selection of sips including signature Grove-made juices, wine and champagne. 615 Water St., Tampa. 7thandgrove.com

Canopy Road Cafe Florida-based chain Canopy Road Cafe is opening in the former South Tampa Taco Bus location on Gandy Boulevard. CRC specializes in traditional breakfast and lunch fare, so expect to find all of the classics as well as some selections with a bit of a twist. For instance, you can opt for a plain stack of pancakes or choose from flavorful combos like the Fat Elvis made with peanut butter chips, bananas, chipped bacon with a peanut butter drizzle. For brunch sips, expect to the menu to include local beers, mimosas and build-your-own mimosa kits. 4308 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa. canopyroadcafe.com

Flower Crown Kombucha If all goes according to plan, the kombucha brewery will open next week in Tampa Heights within the space formerly occupied by Foundation Coffee Co. A selection of ‘buch will be on draft alsong with coffee as well as nitro cold brew sourced from local haunts. Hungry? FCK offers baked goods to snack on while you study, co-work or just hang. 1607 N. Franklin St., Tampa Heights. @flowercrownkombucha on Facebook.

Get Along Union by Commune & Co.’s Joel Davis alongside baker Asher Lakes and Library Coffeehouse co-founder Marie Cullinan are planning to open the doughnut shop in Southeast Seminole Heights. Major focus will also be on the concept’s coffee program, which includes a full nitro bar pouring nitro horchata lattes, nitro oatmeal cream chais, nitro pina col-lattes and some other fun and seasonal rotations. 5010 N Nebraska Ave., Seminole Heights. @getalongtpa on Instagram.Ray Roa

Murph’s BBQ Taking over Boat Run Oyster Co.’s shipping container, Murph’s is set to start slingin’ barbecue by the end of the month. The menu features “a no-frills, non-denominational BBQ style with quality meats and sauces inspired by the best BBQ regions in the United States.” That means 12-hour smoked brisket, pulled pork and charcoal roasted chicken. When it comes to sides, expect macaroni and cheese, barbecue baked beans, coleslaw as well as a rotating selection of seasonal bites. 615 Water St., Tampa. sparkmanwharf.com


Union by Commune + Co. After three years at Armature Works, the Tampa Heights coffee shop is moving out. Union will begin operating out of Pickford's Counter— located in between the Wellswood and Plaza Terrace neighborhoods— on Monday, Jan. 11 and close at Armature Works after Super Bowl Sunday. 2606 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. @uniontpa on Instagram. —Ray Roa


Boat Run Oyster Co. The Sparkman Wharf OG vendor has closed its doors and is set to be replaced by fellow SaltBlock Hospitality concept, Murph’s BBQ. Boat Run will still be around hosting pop-ups and attending Sparkman events in the future. @boat_run on Instagram.

Good Mood Food Vegan pop-up owner, Adriana Casiano announced in late December that she is no longer moving forward with the Good Mood Food platform. That means no more catering, pop-ups, or markets. Casiano is shifting her focus toward permaculture, food security and curating private events for Community Table, her vegan dining series. @communitytable_ on Instagram


7th + Grove Commercial The popular Ybor City restaurant was featured in a Pepsi ad alongside three other Black-owned restaurants from across the country as part of the brand’s Dig In campaign. The mission aims to encourage viewers to support Black-owned businesses that have, like all restaurateurs, suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival Rather than host the annual Seafood & Music Festival at the Madeira Beach hotspot due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, John’s Pass is set to host an Arts Weekend featuring food and craft vendors. The event opens on Friday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and will continue through the weekend until 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. 12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. visitstpeteclearwater.com

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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