Category: Restaurant News

  • Buya Ramen shop opening August 10th

    Word on the street: St. Petersburg’s first full-on ramen shop and izakaya, Buya Ramen, is opening for business on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 4PM. The shop is located at 911 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705. Reservations are now being accepted online through OpenTable: http://www.buyaramen.com/ The ramen and izakaya scene is certainly seeing an uptick in […]

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  • Shake Shack looking to open location in Tampa Bay

    Shake Shack looking to open location in Tampa Bay

    The Tampa Bay Business Journal (TBBJ) reported earlier this summer that Shake Shack is looking to open at least one location in the Tampa Bay area. They are joined by a number of competitors in the area serving fast-casual gourmet burgers including Burger 21, Burger Monger, BurgerFi, and a planned Wahlburger’s entry into the market. Most […]

  • Dave & Buster’s arcade coming to Brandon

    Dave & Buster’s arcade coming to Brandon

    Popular game arcade and sports bar, Dave & Buster’s, is making plans to come to Brandon after years of speculation of when they would arrive in the Tampa Bay market. The 40,000 square-foot facility features a restaurant and 412 parking spots. The restaurant serves American food fare including burgers, ribs, steak, seafood, sandwiches, and salads. […]

  • Izakaya Japanese pub ‘Noble Rice’ now open

    Izakaya Japanese pub ‘Noble Rice’ now open

    Tampa residents can enjoy a whole new experience with the soft opening of Noble Rice, an izakaya or Japanese style pub in South Tampa on Platt Street. These pubs normally serve Japanese appetizers and beer/sake wine to customers in an intimate setting used for socializing or meetings. The restaurant is aiming for a traditional Japanese environment […]

  • Bokuchoi Ramen launched – first Japanese ramen restaurant in Tampa Bay

    My good friend in Tampa informed me that a ramen restaurant opened in August and she was surprised at how great it tasted.  As you know, I had some great ramen here in Seoul at Gaya-Gaya and South Korea has no short supply of ramen shops. The idea of a ramen restaurant in Tampa interests […]

  • Mema’s Alaskan Tacos closing shop, last day to visit October 14th

    Mema’s Alaskan Tacos, a popular taco eatery in Ybor City that opened shop in 2004, is closing down and having their closing bash Friday, October 14th, at 4:00PM. There will be a limited menu with tacos, nachos, burritos, and beer. They will stay open until they run out of food and beer. Restaurateur Sean Godin’s […]

  • In Memory of Lisa Tian, Joy of Tokyo in New Tampa restaurant owner

    I stumbled upon Joy of Tokyo in New Tampa one day in January of this year when a friend and I were heading to SoHo Sushi North and found it closed at 2PM. We decided to try a new restaurant we had seen on Bruce B. Downs by Acropolis, Joy of Tokyo. Once inside we […]

  • 2nd Yummy House location opens on Hillsborough Avenue and reflecting on the original

    Update: Since writing this I have visited the new Yummy House location on Hillsborough Avenue and my experience wasn’t so hot. Read about it here: https://carloseats.com/2011/07/02/new-yummy-house-on-hillsborough-avenue-first-impression-bleak/ ———————– It’s been over a year since I wrote my first review of Yummy House. Yesterday, Yummy House opened their planned 2nd establishment on Hillsborough Avenue, originally slated for an April opening. […]

  • Yamato: June 1/2 Off Wine Promotion

    Yamato Japanese Steakhouse located in the Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel is currently offering a wine promotion for the month of June. Everything is $5 a glass, half-off their normal price. Some of the red wines available include: Swanson Merlot Penfolds “Thomas Hyland” Shiraz Four Vines “Maverick” Zinfandel Some of the white wines available include: […]

  • Restaurant News CL Update: Lee House Chinese Restaurant and Ocean Blue Sushi

    Check out my Creative Loafing news article on Lee House Chinese Restaurant in Brandon relocating and Ocean Blue Sushi merging with Kaiko in Clearwater. http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2011/05/27/popular-asian-eateries-in-brandon-and-clearwater-relocate-merge