Father’s Day 2021 deals and specials in Tampa

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th in case you forgot! If you’re still looking for something to do this weekend or a restaurant to order from in Tampa, I have you covered with deals and specials happening around town.

I recommend making a reservation or calling ahead since it could get quite busy depending on where you are trying to take Dad this weekend.  

Rusty Pelican Tampa: Enjoy a Three-Course Celebration Brunch menu and A la Carte Dinner menu on the bay. They do require a $25 per person deposit. They do not charge your credit card at the time of booking. If you’re unable to make your reservation, you must cancel at least 48 hours prior or you’ll be charged. 2425 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. (813) 281-1943

Xochitl Mexican Cocina: All Dads (and single Moms that have the role of Mom and Dad) can eat free from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. during brunch. How cool is that? 307 West Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33602. (833) 962-4485

Revolution Ice Cream Co.: Take the family out for ice cream and support local businesses. Dad will get a complimentary scoop at The Rev and there is nothing better than free ice cream that is delicious! Multiple locations.

Coppertail Brewing Co.: Celebrate Father’s Day with $2.50 pints of Florida Special and Father’s Day food specials all day. Gifts for Dad available at the Coppertail online store or at the tasting room. They have merchandise, gift cards, and package beers available. 2601 East 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605.

Steelbach Tampa: This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a delicious dinner at Steelbach. Enjoy their regular Brunch and Dinner menus, along with a few decadent additions. For reservations, call (813) 693-5478. 1902 North Ola Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602.

Three Bulls Tavern & Brewery: They will be celebrating on Saturday, June 19th, starting at 5 p.m. instead of Sunday, they will be serving their Father’s Day Butcher’s Board Special featuring all smoked meats. The board includes 3B Pulled Pork, Hickory-smoked St. Louis spare ribs, Smoked Cheddar Cheese Brats, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Pickled Okra, and Hawaiian rolls..while supplies last. 4330 Bell Shoals Rd, Valrico, FL 33596. (813) 381-3853

Tampa Bay Brewing Co.: To celebrate the occasion they are dropping their Lawn Daddy Neotraditional Pilsner on Friday, June 18th at both Westchase and Ybor City locations. It is a traditional German Pilsner Malt contrasted with modern hops. Grab a 4-pack to enjoy with Dad. Multiple locations.

The Landing Bar & Grill: Enjoy a complimentary domestic draft for Dad and Bill’s famous BBQ ribs. 4351 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, FL 33596. (813) 653-0002

Bayboro Brewing: Dad’s can enjoy $1 off beers all day on Father’s Day. They will have DJ Cuzzin Crook spinning from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well. 2390 5th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

India’s Grill Brandon: Enjoy a special Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call (813) 409-2744 for a reservation.  902 East Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511.

Tasty Venues Italian Bistro & Gourmet Food Shop: Special Father’s Day lunch on Sunday. $30 per person, advance reservation required. On the menu, Italian Mixed Appetizer (charcuterie and cheese), Mixed Salad, Tortellini with Short Ribs sauce, and Profiteroles (Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce). Dad gets a free beer. 951 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511.

Bulla Gastrobar: Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day and join Bulla for Brunch starting at 10 a.m. or Dinner at 4 p.m. Enjoy Bulla’s signature flavors, wines, and hand-crafted cocktails, 3-course brunch menu, and tapas-style options. Dad will receive a $20 gift card from Bulla for his next visit and a box of chocolate clusters. 930 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. (813) 773-8626

Council Oaks Steak and Seafood: In addition to Council Oak Steaks & Seafood’s award-winning menu, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy the featured Father’s Day dry-aged prime rib special that includes Council Oak barbeque rub and horseradish cream ($80). 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-7600

Hard Rock Cafe: The featured Father’s Day specials will be available June 19th and June 20th and will include New York strip steak with bourbon sauce ($34.95), three meat Italian flatbread with spinach, olive caponata and mozzarella cheese ($16.95), black and blue signature steak burger encrusted with cracked black pepper topped with Applewood bacon and blue cheese ($18.95). After dinner options will include apple cheesecake ($8.95) and Old Fashioned, old forester bourbon with house-made brown sugar syrup and a dash of bitters ($6). 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610.

Cipresso: From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., the featured Father’s Day special will be grilled Tomahawk veal chop that includes Morel mushroom risotto, Cipollini onion and Madeira veal jus ($65). 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-8130

The Rez Grill: Celebrate Father’s Day in style with The Rez Grill’s Sunday dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The featured Father’s Day special will include bone marrow ($22) and porterhouse ($75). 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610. (813) 627-8120

Rise Kitchen & Deli: From noon to 8 p.m., the restaurant’s Father’s Day special will be a smokehouse trio of slow smoked brisket, baby back ribs and sausage with baked potato and jalapeño cheddar cornbread for $29 per person. 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610.

Columbia Restaurant: Celebrate Father’s Day 1905-style with specials at Tampa Columbia locations, including Tapas – Tostones con Picadillo:Twice-fried green plantains seasoned lightly with salt, topped with Picadillo de Pollo, lime crema and smoked Spanish paprika alioli; Entrée – Filet “Chacho”; Their bestselling steak, center-cut filet mignon with a rich sauce of private-barrel select Knob Creek 120 proof Bourbon, shallots and mushrooms. Served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables. For dessert enjoy Tarta Crema de Coco y Banana, a baked pastry filled with fresh sliced bananas, coconut custard and topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. Call to make reservations or book online. Multiple locations in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach and Celebration.

Fleming’s Steakhouse – Sarasota: Make this Father’s day legendary with a 3-course Surf & Turf menu. Choose Prime Bone-In Ribeye and Lobster or Filet with Crab-Stuffed Shrimp or Lobster Tail Scampi from June 17th to June 21st. A full Dinner Menu is also available. Fleming’s will be open early Saturday and Sunday for Father’s Day Weekend, June 19th to June 20th. 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239. (941) 358-9463


The Altered Craft Rhythm & Brews Beer Fest is this Saturday in Wesley Chapel

Craft beer festivals are back! The Altered Craft Rhythm & Brews Beer Fest is this Saturday in Wesley Chapel at 5956 Wesley Grove Boulevard. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The festival is presented by Altered Craft Distribution and Double Branch Artisanal Ales. 

The Grove at Wesley Chapel will be rocking with local music and some of the best craft beers from across Tampa Bay Enjoy live music, craft vendors and food starting at 4:00 p.m. Music and vendors are open to the public, you’ll only need a ticket to sample beers.

Craft beer sampling runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Enjoy unlimited 3 oz. samples in a commemorative plastic cup. Come early to check-in and get your wristband before the sampling opens.

Event proceeds will benefit Joshua House, which provides “a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in the Tampa Bay Area, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children from ages 6 to 17.”

Participating breweries:

Bayboro Brewing Co.

Brighter Days Brewing Company

Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co.

Cueni Brewing Co.

Dissent Craft Brewing Company

Double Branch Artisanal Ales

Grand Central Brewhouse

Gulfport Brewery

Overflow Brewing Company

Pinellas Ale Works

Southern Lights Brewing Company

Troubled Waters Brewing

Buy tickets: https://events.ontaptix.com/events/altered-craft-rhythm-brews-6-19-2021

Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s signature restaurant reimagined as Euphoria Fish House

Margaritaville Resort Orlando has reimagined their restaurant as Euphoria Fish House. The restaurant is named after Jimmy Buffet’s first boat. The new restaurant theme includes a curated menu by Executive Chef Joseph McFadden with an emphasis on fresh seafood and twists on traditional dishes.

“At Margaritaville Resort Orlando, our culinary program has and will always be about creativity, quality service, and the guest experience. As we welcome Chef Joseph McFadden to lead culinary operations at the resort, we have modernized our signature restaurant,” said Resort President, Jim Vespa. 

“Euphoria Fish House showcases seafood cuisine inspired by the islands and celebrating coastal communities. The restaurant and lounge will also boast a unique menu of specialty cocktails, beer, and wine, in addition to live musical performances.”

Menu highlights include Shrimp & Grits that come bacon wrapped with smoked gouda grits, amarillo aioli, and leaks; a Lobster Roll with Tarragon butter, lemon, and mayo; Calamari; Florida Grouper with Crab Fried Rice, Soy-ginger Glaze, Citrus Zest; Cavatelli Al Forno with Lump Crabmeat, Seared Shrimp, Boursin Cream Sauce, Asiago Crust, and Truffle Oil.

Cocktails include Daiquiri Dreams with Bacardi Rum, Orgeat Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Orange Flower Water; Anchored Old Fashioned with Barbancourt 8-year Rum, Contradiction Bourbon, Orange Blossom Honey, Angostura & Orange Bitters; Coco- Rita with Margaritaville Coconut Tequila, Bacardi Coconut Rum, Citrus Juices, Pineapple Juice; and Mango Chile with Margaritaville Gold Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Lime Juice Mango.

Award-winning Chef McFadden brings over 25 years of experience to the resort restaurant, showcasing his love for fresh ingredients, creative recipes, and top-notch presentation. Originally from Dunfanaghy​, Co. Donegal, Ireland, he is passionate about seasonality, innovative techniques, and deepening the culinary connection with diners. 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando is imagined as a relaxing oasis in Central Florida, with a vibe that differs from the “hustle and bustle of theme parks”. Lagoon-style pools, cabanas, and signature décor elements like a margarita glass chandelier made of over 300 glasses and a 13-foot flip-flop sculpture serve as the perfect backdrops for vacation photos. Cottage homes and suites are available. Additional amenities include multiple restaurants, a full-service salon and spa, kid’s club, fitness center, and water park.

Find more information at: margaritavilleresorts.com/margaritaville-resort-orlando/eat-drink/euphoria

Enjoy deals for Magical Summer Stays this summer at Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels in Orlando

Looking for a summer escape to Orlando, Florida? Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World® Resort are offering a special deal for Magical Summer Stays with hotel rates from as low as $79 a night. Florida Residents can also receive 40% off a 4-Day Park Ticket and 30% off a 3-Day Park Ticket.

B Resort & Spa

Situated within Walt Disney World®, all six Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels have the added benefit of close walking proximity to Disney Springs®, which now features more than 150 retail, dining, and entertainment establishments. 

Many restaurants offer outdoor seating so you can dine al fresco with options ranging from casual fare to extraordinary restaurants by renowned James Beard Award-winning chefs, as well as a wide-range of shopping options, unique attractions, and numerous choices for outdoor entertainment.

Among the new offerings at Disney Springs® are Gideon’s Bake House, Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brews, M&M’s Store, Rustic Cuff, and Fit 2 Run is back in a new location. Additional can’t miss locations include, The LEGO Store, World of Disney store and Star WarsÔ Galactic Outpost. 

If you’re missing the movie theater, AMC DINE-IN Disney Springs 24 is an excellent experience for filmgoers. For brunch and excellent wine choices, don’t miss Wine Bar George that is run by Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. 

There is plenty of fun to have at the theme parks as well including the popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that is returning this year with new food booths and offerings.

The special, limited-time rates at Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels are: 

  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area – room rates from $79 per night;
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – room rates from $85 per night; 
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – room rates from $102 per night;
  • B Resort & Spa – room rates from $124 per night;
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – room rates from $134 per night;
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – room rates from $170 per night.

These special rates are good for Booking Dates of June 15th, 2021 to July 31st, 2021 for travel between July 18th, 2021 through September 30th, 2021. Interested guests can visit disneyspringshotels.com/summer-magic.

Holiday Inn Disney Springs Area

Guests can also enjoy a bus shuttle to all Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and a “Passport to Savings” booklet – features discounts and specials from Disney Springs® merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. 

Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, T-REX Café, Rainforest Café at Disney Springs® Marketplace, The Polite Pig and STK Orlando.

Room rates are based on availability and do not include applicable taxes and resort services fees. Some blackout dates may apply and availability may be limited. Daily parking fee, (if applicable), and gratuities are not included. This offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, reservations, or for groups.

Wyndham Disney Springs Area

Let the adventures begin.

Orlando City SC and Orlando Health announce partnership renewal, training ground naming rights.

Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Health have announced the continuation of their long-standing partnership, agreeing to terms on a long-term renewal.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue our long-standing partnership with Orlando Health,” Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão said.

“A foundational element in our Club’s history, our friends at Orlando Health have been with us through both our happiest and most trying times. To have this level of commitment from our presenting partner and Official Medical Team is vital to our success both on and off the field and we look forward to all that we will accomplish in bettering the Orlando community for years to come.”

“Orlando City SC energizes this town and we’re very proud to be one of the original organizations to partner with the team and ride that wave of excitement,” says Andy Gardiner, senior vice president of external affairs and community relations at Orlando Health.

“In Orlando City SC, we have a partner with a winning tradition on and off the field, a passion for charitable work and a commitment to serving our community as strong as Orlando Health’s. We’re excited to see what the future brings for our growing partnership.”

Orlando Health, the longest-serving partner in Club history, will hold naming rights for the Club’s two training facilities, introducing the Orlando Health Training Ground at Osceola Heritage Park for Major League Soccer (MLS) side Orlando City SC and the Orlando Health Training Ground at Sylvan Lake Park for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The naming rights deal at Sylvan Lake Park will serve as the first of its kind for a NWSL-exclusive facility in league history.

Both of the Club’s state-of-the-art facilities feature a gym, meal room, film room, players’ lounge and a locker room designed to replicate the teams’ locker room at Exploria Stadium. In addition, each facility holds two, Club-maintained grass training fields that are exclusive to the respective First Teams, while Osceola Heritage Park includes two additional fields that house the Orlando City Academy, with every field comprised of Latitude 36 Bermudagrass, the same playing surface found at Exploria Stadium.

Orlando Health will continue to serve as the presenting partner and jersey partner of Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride, the Orlando City Academy and the Orlando City Youth Soccer Network. As part of the new agreement, Orlando Health will also serve as the Official Jersey Partner of Orlando City’s eMLS player.

The Club’s Official Medical Team marked its 11th-consecutive year across the front of the Lions’ jersey with the unveiling of the Thick N Thin kit this past March, followed by the  launch of the Orlando Pride’s Ad Astra kit ahead of the 2021 NWSL season, commemorating six-years of partnership between the two parties.

Orlando Health will also remain the entitlement partner for the season openers of Orlando City and Orlando Pride, as well as the presenting sponsor of both sides’ regular-season schedules and starting lineups, continuing with years past.

Agreement additions in partnership

As part of the new agreement, all of the Club’s medical teams will fall under the care of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, with Dr. Craig Mintzer serving as Chief Medical Officer and Head Orthopedic Surgeon, while Dr. Justin Mullner will serve as Head Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician.

In an effort to continue the Club’s community outreach initiatives through the long-standing partnership, the new agreement will see an increase and expansion in current charitable and increased grassroot efforts throughout the Orlando community, as well as the return of “Winning Women”, a panel event that features members of the Orlando Pride and focuses on topics centered around empowering women.

The Club will also continue its collaborative efforts with Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as part of Kick Childhood Cancer Month with Orlando City and MLS Works, as well as with Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies for the Orlando Pride’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, among other community initiatives.

Over the airwaves, Orlando Health will continue as an integrated element into Orlando City local broadcasts, adding in an additional branding element on the home team bench at Exploria Stadium.

6 local Filipino spots to try in Tampa Bay

Filpino food is one of my favorite cuisines. The blend of Asian and Spanish flavors is a big draw for me and also the wide-range of different flavors from savory to sweet. The cuisine has long been predicted by food experts to be “on the rise”, but it hasn’t quite taken off the way it was predicted to. 

Regardless, several people have put effort into bringing their interpretation of the cuisine to the public in Tampa Bay. Since the Philippines has thousands of islands, no family recipe is the same, but you can count on the places around town to have some favorites such as lumpia and chicken adobo – the national dish of the Philippines. 

Mata’s Philippine Cuisine: This is a mom-and-pop Filipino spot in Town n’ Country. The food is served cafeteria-style with a focus towards take-out. I’ve only been there a few times, but each time was pretty good. I particularly liked my sisig (pork) and the chicken adobo was pretty good as well. 4350 West Waters Avenue #102, Tampa, FL 33614.

Filipiniana Philippine Café: This was one of the first Filipino spots to hit the Tampa area. The owners have been regulars for a long time at the annual PhilFest festival that draws thousands. They started off just selling boba, Halo-Halo, and bakery goods with food on the weekends, but expanded to include a full-menu of food in the last two years. Don’t miss the Ensaymada pastries if they have it. It is a soft, fluffy pastry topped with white sugar and usually fine-grated cheese. 3848 West Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614.

Flip’n Tasty: Long-running Filipino food truck serving fusion food. They keep a regular rotation of business that can be found on their Facebook page. The name comes from their kids who called their food “tasty, delicious, yummy, so good”. Dishes on the menu include Pancit noodles, Lumpia, Sweet Chili Wings, Sisig Pork Belly, and Pork Adobo Tacos. (727) 709-3655

Manila Eats: This is a newish Filipino truck in Riverview and it is getting a big following behind it, especially on Facebook. They do take time to turn orders, so regulars recommend calling ahead before visiting if you’re in a rush. They also sell out of food, so watch their Facebook page for updates and go earlier in the day if possible. Michael B. says, “Amazing Filipino food, come here hungry and you’ll leave sleepy from food coma. Can’t go wrong with any of the breakfast items but my favorite is the topsilog with garlic rice and egg. But for the more tradition dishes I’d recommend the pansit bihon and lumpia, but if you really want to take a nap, get the lechon kawali!” 10621 Tucker Jones Road, Riverview, FL 33578.

Masarap Bowls: This food truck literally just opened over the weekend. The owner’s name is Carlina Rodriguez and she has been a member of the Tampa Bay community for over 30 years. She says she created the food truck to deliver the taste of the Philippines to the entire Bay Area. Masarap is a build-your-own bowl concept with some sides like lumpia and turon as well as daily specials, they are just getting started so the verdict is still out. (813) 370-7980

Pinoy St. Pete: A newcomer in St. Pete, serving Phillipinne cuisine. The food is inspired by Chef Raquel ‘Jingle’ Baluyut’s roots in Pampanga. Menu items include vegan Pansit, Adobo Chicken, Bistek Tagalog, Kare-Kare, Tapsilog, Pork Belly Kawali, Sisig, and more. They also offer family-style dining that can serve up to 4 people in a group with bigger portions and rice. For dessert they have Halo-Halo. 170 47th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33703.

Happy eating!

Popular Florida concepts PDQ and 4 Rivers partner for new BBQ Chicken Sandwich

PDQ restaurants (People Dedicated to Quality) and 4 Rivers Smokehouse have teamed up to sell a BBQ-inspired sandwich starting June 15th that will benefit non-profit 4Roots. 

The 4 Rivers BBQ Sandwich, created by owner of 4R Restaurant Group and 4Roots John Rivers, features PDQ’s  crispy chicken breast dipped in a blend of 4 Rivers signature and mustard BBQ sauces, served on a buttered and toasted potato bun with guacamole, red cabbage and pepper jack cheese. 

The 4 Rivers BBQ sandwich is available for $6.99 at PDQ restaurants in North, Central, West and Southwest Florida from June 15th to August 2nd. 

Rivers worked with PDQ Executive Chef Michael Brannock to incorporate 4 Rivers’ homemade signature and mustard BBQ Sauces and ingredients into this collaboration sandwich for PDQ, appropriately named the 4 Rivers BBQ sandwich. 

This is the second time the two brands partner together, following the successful launch of the 4 Rivers Smokehouse sandwich in 2016, which raised thousands of dollars for local charities.

“We are thrilled to partner with PDQ on the 4 Rivers BBQ sandwich in support of 4Roots,” said Rivers. 

“Each of our concepts are founded on shared beliefs – we value giving back to others through charitable endeavors and pride ourselves on offering quality food to those we serve. The partnership is a natural fit and we are excited to spread the word about dining with purpose.”

4Roots is “an alliance of community stakeholders investing in a healthy thriving, sustainable, food system.”  They are “dedicated to unearthing the power of food to create healthy communities by improving access to fresh nutritious food and educating others about the connection between food choices and individual health, while also addressing the issue of food insecurity”. 

“Our PDQ team is honored to work with John and his team at 4 Rivers to offer this mouth-watering sandwich to our guests at PDQ while supporting the incredible work 4Roots is doing in our communities,” said PDQ Founder and Principal Owner Bob Basham.

The philanthropic partnership will also feature a food distribution event at Edgewater High School in Orlando on Wednesday, June 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At the event, being held in conjunction with One Heart For Women and Children, 4Roots will distribute fresh produce bags and PDQ will provide boxed meals. Both will be offered complimentary on a first-come-first-serve basis.

4 Rivers was established in 2009 in Winter Park, Florida.  4R Restaurant Group has 22 locations in Florida, including thirteen 4 Rivers Smokehouses, 4R Cantina Barbacoa at Disney Springs; four 4 Rivers walkup venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports; as well as eateries at Camping World Stadium, Spectrum Stadium, and Doak Campbell Stadium. In addition to online ordering, 4 Rivers also offers a variety of catering options for larger parties and special event occasions. 

PDQ was founded in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. On October 30th, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa (FL) and the concept now has locations throughout Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Tampa Bay Bucs Champ Rob Gronkowski makes dish with Datz for Guy Fieri Restaurant Reboot Presented By LendingTree

Tampa Bay Buccaneers player and four-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski partnered with celebrity chef and new Florida home-owner, Guy Fieri to bring awareness and help generate sales for Datz in Tampa tonight. 

Since the opening of Datz on January 28th, 2009, owners Roger and Suzanne Perry have sparked invention and reinvention in Tampa’s food scene. They have evolved Datz into the home of comfort food with a foodie flair. It’s a craft beer spot, a bourbon lover’s paradise, a food wonderland filled with bacon, cheese, and one-of-a-kind local dishes and is now located on both sides of Tampa Bay.  

Gronk joined the Guy’s Restaurant Reboot Presented by LendingTree stream live earlier and made a special “Gronkalo Chicken & Waffle” as a part of Off the Hook Celebrity Creations presented by Pepsi. 

He asked Datz owner Suzanne Perry about the story behind Datz and they both bonded over coming out of planned retirements to do something they love. They then discussed overcoming the challenges of the pandemic.

“We entered into what has without a doubt been the hardest year of the 12 years that we’ve had restaurants. So, the good news is we’ve come through, we’ve gotten help, and we’ve been able to get our staff back and we’re coming out of the dark.”, said Suzanne Perry.

“The restaurant businesses just took an absolute beating, so I want to give kudos to you for the adjustments you have made to keep this place open. I love what you guys do here.”, said Gronkowski.

He then joined Chef Richard Hudson to make his signature “Gronkalo Chicken & Waffle” dish covered in buffalo sauce. The dish be purchased both at Datz in South Tampa and on Grubhub via delivery.

The world’s biggest celebrities are streaming live from their hometowns as they partner with Pepsi to drive support for local restaurants as the pandemic winds down. Other celebrities participating include Shaquille O’Neal, Wale, Kane Brown, and Adriana Lima. 

Grubhub is serving as the exclusive food delivery partner of the event’s ‘Off the Hook Celebrity Creations Presented By Pepsi’ and will offer two separate promo codes surrounding the event.

Use the code OFFTHEHOOK for 20% off the Off the Hook Celebrity Creations in participating cities and GUYREBOOT for $5 off orders of $15 or more from June 12th to June 14th, 2021.

Rebuild Restaurants Grant program

Guy’s Restaurant Reboot will provide guidance and inspiration to the next generation of restaurant owners, as well as $300,000 in bottom-line financial support in grants and scholarships via the “Help Rebuild Restaurants Grant.”

Created in partnership between Guy Fieri and The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation & California Restaurant Foundation, the grants and scholarships will be distributed to 11 winners live on the show, generously funded by the event’s founding partners: LendingTree, Pepsi, SpotOn, AT&T, Grubhub, Cascade, Dawn, Twisted Tea, Gardein, Birdseye, Duncan Hines, Thermomix®, and Thomasville. 

The winners of the grant will “embody the promising future of the restaurant industry and use the funds to help kickstart their dreams of owning a restaurant”. 

New Belgium Brewing San Francisco launches Love Conquers Ale beer

New Belgium Brewing San Francisco, located near both the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors facilities and the Mission Bay neighborhood, has released its Love Conquers Ale beer in its first-ever collaboration with Sam Adams.

The in-house brewed ale is made with Sam Adams’s recipe with coriander and basil-infused lemon peel, but made with blackberry modifications you can only find at the in-house San Francisco New Belgium brewery.

The ale has a 5.5% ABV and will only be made in Boston, Denver, and San Francisco. The canned ale will be available only in those cities, along with New Belgium’s hometown of Fort Collins, in a four-pack of 16 oz. cans for $16 with a limited draft available.

100% of the proceeds will be donated to GLAAD. GLAAD “rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance”. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and aims to create a world where everyone can live the life they love.

The beer is now available in the taproom and is also available for online purchase.

New Belgium Brewing now open in Mission Bay

New Belgium Brewing San Francisco is a full-service concept in a modern, accessible space, with both indoor seating for over 110 guests and 60 outdoor patio seats, located at 1000a 3rd Street. It opened in April of 2021.

Guests can enjoy themselves at a table, bar side, or outside on the patio overlooking the canal, a great spot for warm days and nights before a game. Guests on-the-go can purchase canned releases at the convenient retail shop or sign up to join the Cellar Club and purchase from the DTC online shop.

“San Francisco has always been a strong market for New Belgium Brewing and is the second home of founder Kim Jordan. We are lucky to have access to an exceptional location in the heart of a growing neighborhood to launch our first New Belgium-owned restaurant in a city where New Belgium Brewing has always had a strong brand presence. We’re looking forward to growing our customer base in the SF market and building further loyalty,” says New Belgium CEO Steve Fechheimer.

The menu has been designed by husband-and-wife-duo Chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz. Chefs, restaurateurs and culinary advisors, who have won various accolades, including 2019 Rising Star Chefs “Game Changer Chefs” and San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area’s Rising Star Chefs.

For the New Belgium concept, they have been inspired by pairing their fresh and multicultural flavors with a menu inspired by traditional beer and ballpark experiences, showcasing the culinary diversity of neighborhoods in San Francisco. Fresh, local ingredients invite a range of flavors with a focus on shared experiences.

They say, “we created a menu that focuses on shareable plates, entrees, tartines, salads and house tacos that bring together an amalgam of inspiration from global flavors and influences that helps the NBB beer shine.”

The location underwent a massive design overhaul and showcases New Belgium’s vibrant brand voice and tone at every corner. It was designed in partnership with San Francisco-based ROY, the restaurant looked to create a fun, inviting and local atmosphere that invokes a warm and bright dining experience.

Walls are adorned by local mural artist John Thomas, showcasing playful designs that pay homage to San Francisco. Staying true to its “born on a bike” beginnings, repurposed vintage bicycles can be seen as hanging installations alongside framed artwork.

Foeder inspired wainscotting lines the massive pillars adjacent to a dynamic new seating layout, focusing on a convivial bar zone with multi-tiered light fixtures and colorful transparent acrylic panels, with views to the scoreboard stadium across 3rd street. Livening up the bathrooms, custom wallpaper shows New Belgium co-workers having fun on the job. Most importantly, sustainability and longevity was considered in all facets of the design process.

Founded in 1991 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the New Belgium Brewing expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet.

The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Sour IPA, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale, as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers.

Royal Tea boba shop coming soon to Pinellas

Get your boba taste buds ready. A popular bubble tea chain called Royal Tea is coming soon to Pinellas County. The franchise location over in Orlando is absolutely delicious and quite popular so I cannot wait. 

Royal Tea joins other bubble tea concepts in the area including Ding Tea, Kung Fu Tea, and Got Tea. 

According to Allied Market Research, “the bubble tea market was valued at $2.4 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $4.3 billion by 2027.” Also, “growth in health consciousness and increase in adoption of healthy beverages, such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and white tea among consumers drive the market growth.”

Matcha Powder

This might explain the sudden spike in bubble tea concepts around the area, even in Tampa bubble tea shops continue to grow and expand and are now found in residential areas far from their college town stomping yards. The rise in bubble tea has outlasted the froyo trend which seems to have subsided for now and the COVID-19 pandemic does not seem to have caused any disruption for the business.

Mia R. says of the location in Orlando, “I have heard all the rage about this place & I must say that it lived up to the hype. They have a simple menu and if you’re craving the cheese foam teas that have been going viral, this is the place to try it. I’ve had cheese tea twice before and didn’t really get into it but this place definitely converts you! My usual order is a matcha tea. Now, this is a drink order that you think people can’t mess up but I’ve had my share of bad matcha drinks. This place was NOT one of them.On the contrary, it’s actual [sic] one of my favorites.”

Owners of Royal Tea Pinellas say they are currently still in the building process and are at least 2 to 3 months away from opening depending on how the permit process goes. They are also not owned by the same group in Orlando, but an independent franchisee location. Their website indicates that they are now hiring as well.

The address will be 7201 49th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL.

They will share more information as the opening date draws closer. 

Royal Tea has more than 130 franchise locations in China. Their specialty is making freshly brewed tea with modern technology. Teas are infused with natural and nutritious ingredients. Drinks are made-to-order, use real ingredients, and cost around $4 to $6 at the Orlando location which is about standard for today.

Cheese Cream Matcha.

Menu items include Cheese Teas, Matcha Teas, Milk Teas, and Fresh Fruit Teas. My favorite of all of them at the other location is definitely the Cheese Cream Matcha and a close second is the Fresh Fruit Teas, which are very refreshing especially in hot Florida weather. 

There is already a menu up at royalteapinellas.com.

Sources: Allied Market Research