30 new restaurants that opened in Tampa Bay so far this summer

It takes a true herculean effort to open a new restaurant, bar or brewery right now. Despite Florida becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, many Tampa Bay restaurants have managed to debut in the midst of changing regulations and local mandates. We thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to speed with all these new spots, many of which offer spacious patios perfect for social distancing. But before you plan a trip to one of these new places, be sure to check its website for updates on hours and safety procedures.

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Two Shepherds Taproom
4813 N. Grady Ave., Tampa, (813) 769-9983 
Tampa’s very first indoor, outdoor 21-and-up dog bar has opened with a play area for dogs and full air conditioning and 20 rotating taps and a wide wine selection for their owners.
Photo via Two Shepherds Taproom/Facebook

Two Shepherds Taproom

4813 N. Grady Ave., Tampa, (813) 769-9983
Tampa’s very first indoor, outdoor 21-and-up dog bar has opened with a play area for dogs and full air conditioning and 20 rotating taps and a wide wine selection for their owners.
Photo via Two Shepherds Taproom/Facebook
Koya
807 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-284-7423 
If you’re into surprises, visit Koya, Tampa’s first omakase-only restaurant, brought about by owners of Noble Rice. Omakase, translating to “Leave it to you, chef,” means guests are served whatever the chef chooses off the menu. 
Photo via KoyaTampa.com

Koya

807 W. Platt St., Tampa, 813-284-7423
If you’re into surprises, visit Koya, Tampa’s first omakase-only restaurant, brought about by owners of Noble Rice. Omakase, translating to “Leave it to you, chef,” means guests are served whatever the chef chooses off the menu.
Photo via KoyaTampa.com
Pickford’s Counter
2606 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, (813) 308-9668
The Pickford Sundries storefront is given new life with the new restaurant concept Pickford’s Counter. The soda shop spot pays homage to the history of the shop itself, while bringing in some modern spins on classic comfort food dishes. The menu offers breakfast and lunch, starring items like the “Damn Good Grilled Cheese” and the unexpected “Cereal Quesito.”
Photo via Pickford’s Counter/Facebook

Pickford’s Counter

2606 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, (813) 308-9668
The Pickford Sundries storefront is given new life with the new restaurant concept Pickford’s Counter. The soda shop spot pays homage to the history of the shop itself, while bringing in some modern spins on classic comfort food dishes. The menu offers breakfast and lunch, starring items like the “Damn Good Grilled Cheese” and the unexpected “Cereal Quesito.”
Photo via Pickford’s Counter/Facebook
Rome & Fig Bistro
317 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, (813) 253-3353 
The new North Hyde Park restaurant offers a full bar and cocktail program highlighting a full range of brews and wines. Key menu items include the seafood risotto, lamb chops, tuna tartare, Asian-style wings and bison meatballs. Plus, it has plenty of outdoor seating.
Photo via Rome & Fig Bistro/Facebook

Rome & Fig Bistro

317 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, (813) 253-3353
The new North Hyde Park restaurant offers a full bar and cocktail program highlighting a full range of brews and wines. Key menu items include the seafood risotto, lamb chops, tuna tartare, Asian-style wings and bison meatballs. Plus, it has plenty of outdoor seating.
Photo via Rome & Fig Bistro/Facebook
Side Piece
587 Main St., Dunedin, (813) 683-8454 
This new, casual order-at-the-counter spot opened in Dunedin a week before its initial opening date, giving the area a head start on trying a panini-focused menu. Try the confit duck french drip “quack attack” panini, the vegetarian “mary mo,” the meat-filled “hey mario,” or any of the innovative sides like the Thai popcorn and charcuterie plate.
Photo via Side Piece/Instagram

Side Piece

587 Main St., Dunedin, (813) 683-8454
This new, casual order-at-the-counter spot opened in Dunedin a week before its initial opening date, giving the area a head start on trying a panini-focused menu. Try the confit duck french drip “quack attack” panini, the vegetarian “mary mo,” the meat-filled “hey mario,” or any of the innovative sides like the Thai popcorn and charcuterie plate.
Photo via Side Piece/Instagram

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