The Tampa Bay restaurants and bars that have closed since the beginning of the pandemic

The past two years have been incredibly tough for local restaurants and bars, and while many have survived, adapted, or even completely…

By CL Staff

Cafe Ponte  
    13505 Icot Blvd., Clearwater
    After 18 years of serving the Tampa Bay community with its modern Italian cuisine and fine dining atmosphere, Cafe Ponte closed down for good following complications stemming from the pandemic. However, last year the owners opened a new Italian restaurant, OLIVIA, in Tampa.
    
    Photo via Cafe Ponte/Facebook
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Everyone we saw on Halloween night in Tampa's Ybor City

Despite the ongoing pandemic, and spiking case numbers, the crowds came out in droves on Halloween night in Ybor City. As you…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw on Halloween night in Tampa's Ybor City
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Photos from Ybor City's Seventh Avenue reopening

Independent venues that book live, original, music remain closed—and in big trouble—across Tampa Bay, but restaurants (including some which present live music)…

By CL Staff

Ybor City, Florida on May 5, 2020.
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Local photographer's social distance photo essay 'I Miss Us' is a love letter to St. Petersburg

Sandra Döhnert Bourne’s byline is usually on a CL gallery of concert photos, but like so many of us, the St. Petersburg…

By CL Staff

Marina Williams
    Owner, ArtPool
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When Florida opened its beaches, it also opened up the #FloridaMorons hashtag

Ready to hit the beach in a pandemic? Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis say it's safe, as long…

By CL Staff

When Florida opened its beaches, it also opened up the #FloridaMorons hashtag
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Tampa Bay bars and breweries offering curbside alcohol carry-out

Just because we’re all in quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t have a few brews. We’ve put together this list of bars and…

By CL Staff

Mandarin Heights
    (813) 501-9585. mandarinheights.com  
    The cocktail bar in Seminole Heights is packing cocktails to go, but orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and picked up on Wednesday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.. A menu is available on Instagram via @mandarinheights and cocktail prices range from $9 to $16. 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. 
    
     Photo via Mandarin Heights/Facebook
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How to make a simple face mask, even if you can't sew

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its prevention protocol regarding the spread of COVID-19 to recommend the public start wearing…

By CL Staff

You're now ready to go to venture safely into the world — at a six-foot distance from other humans, and at essential places of business.
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25 Tampa Bay Instagrams you should be following during the coronavirus quarantine

From funny animals to creative outlets, to food photography and local music livestreams, here are some of the best local Instagram accounts…

By CL Staff

@ZooTampa
    ZooTampa has been posting animal education, bird memes, plenty of penguins, and even a tortoise reading with a zookeeper. Though titse not open right now, following the page is just as good as a visit.
    
    Photo via @ZooTampa/Instagram
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Photos from the Laundry Project's COVID-19 outreach at Big Wash West Tampa

In recent weeks, the mantra of Tampa Bay nonprofit Current Initiatives has pivoted to “Do what you can,” and it’s putting the…

By CL Staff

Photos from the Laundry Project's COVID-19 outreach at Big Wash West Tampa
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25 Tampa Bay things we miss from the ‘before time’

You guys remember the “before time,” right? You know, before a worldwide pandemic made trips to the grocery store a life or…

By CL Staff

Holding down a table like a psycho for your friends at Sparkman Wharf 
    When there wasn’t a pandemic going on, the outdoor food park used to be slammed. So you can imagine what it was like trying to find a spot to sit. Now we’re left to just keeping our cats off our keyboards. 
    
    Photo via Sparkman Wharf/Instagram
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20 easy ways you can help others in Tampa Bay during the coronavirus pandemic

It's safe to say Tampa Bay is in a weird place right now. Someone is bound to lend a helping hand though,…

By CL Staff

Donate to local food banks
    Local nonprofits like Feeding Tampa Bay, Meals on Wheels, and Metropolitan Ministries are helping those in need find food during the pandemic. You can donate to any of the three, or find out Feeding Tampa Bay’s mobile food pantry will be stopping in your area (No ID, papers, or pre-screening is necessary to obtain food). 
    
    Photo via Metropolitan Ministries/Facebook
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The most painfully accurate tweets about #shutdownflorida

With Florida's coronavirus cases now over 1,000, and our economy in a certain death spiral, it shouldn't be much of a surprise…

By CL Staff

The most painfully accurate tweets about #shutdownflorida
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Photos of a deserted downtown Tampa amid coronavirus pandemic

St. Patrick's Day parties had to end at 5 p.m. this year in the wake of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' order that…

By CL Staff

Photos of a deserted downtown Tampa amid coronavirus pandemic
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