Gourmet burger giant Shake Shack opens today at The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) Sarasota. The burger franchise hopes to have 200 locations by 2020.
Shake Shack is serving the Pie Oh My Concrete, which has vanilla custard mixed with a slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds seasonal pie. 5% of the sales of this item will support Sunshine Community Compost.
Their goal is “to strengthen community connections and give back to the planet through accessible education and action programs that increase local composting, resource recovery and zero waste efforts”.
Other specialties offered include:
- Shack Attack: Chocolate custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Mast Brothers chocolate chunks and chocolate sprinkles
- Caramel Cone: Vanilla custard, salted caramel, sugar cone pieces and chocolate sprinkles
Local Florida craft beer will be for-sale at the location including Crooked Can Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, and Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Shake Shack’s own exclusive Brooklyn Brewing ShackMeister® Ale.
The Herald-Tribune reported live from the opening today.
Now hopefully Shake Shack will set the stage and come to Tampa soon, hungry fans are still waiting for the franchise to enter the market. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the lease in Sarasota is for 10 years.
Shake Shack was founded in 2001 as a hot dog cart that has grown into a massive burger business. The company entered the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 and prides itself on “100% all-natural Angus beef, vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. No hormones or antibiotics – EVER”.
Address: 190 N Cattlemen Road, Unit 1 Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone Number: (941) 413-1351
Hours: 11AM to 10PM, Sunday – Thursday, 11AM to 11PM, Friday & Saturday
Riverview’s first brewery, Leaven Brewing Co., will have its Grand Opening on Friday, March 30th, 2018. The project has been years in the making and represents the next step for the Brandon/Riverview area.
Participants can enjoy a ribbon cutting from 5PM-6PM and local food trucks from 6PM-9PM. CLE Eats, Up North Doggs, and The Revolution Ice Cream Co. will be serving up the good eats. Live music can be enjoyed starting at 7:30PM by BABYL.
The owners have vigilantly updated their Instagram and social media channels to keep the community updated as they prepared for their journey and it is finally going to pay off with the opening.
Their history with craft beer goes back to Fort Myers Brewing Co. where head brewer and owner KJ Lynch had his start. KJ was originally a photographer for a media event and then started volunteering at the brewery until he was eventually hired full-time and worked his way up to head brewer.
He then started working at Brew Hub in Lakeland where he brewed for 17 different breweries and brewed up to 98,000 barrels of beer in his final year working there before KJ and his wife Jillian decided to open their own brewery: Leaven Brewing Co. in Riverview.
The two are big craft beer supporters and were married at Coppertail Brewing Co. in Ybor City.
Riverview reminds the couple of suburban Fort Myers and helped them to decide on their location with some luck from a friend.
They plan to book live music on the weekends and have plenty of fun planned for the residents of Riverview and visitors coming in for some local craft beer.
The craft brewery will be located at 11238 Boyette Road Riverview, FL 33569 just off US 301.
Don’t miss it.
Event name: Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
Venue: Leaven Brewing Co.
Address: 11238 Boyette Rd., Riverview, FL 33569
Date & Time: Friday, March 30th, 2018, 5PM-10PM
Phone Number: (813) 677-7023
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1309507465821876/
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar will have its Grand Opening on Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at International Plaza & Bay Street starting at 7PM. Guests will be joined by Co-Owner, Rocco Mangel and Big Time Restaurant Group.
Guests can enjoy Rocco’s signature chips, guacamole and salsa complimentary, as well as live entertainment and a cash bar during the event.
When party goers hear the buzzword “Tequila!” echo through the restaurant, Rocco will take his spot on top of the bar with a bottle of tequila in hand, ready to pour complimentary shots for guests.
Rocco Mangel is the restaurateur behind Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and has 7 restaurants in Florida and 1 in Brooklyn, New York. He is a New York native who began his start as as a busboy for Big City Tavern, another venture of Big Time Restaurant Group.
His first location in Florida was in West Palm Beach with co-ownership from Big Time Restaurant Group back in 2008. The brand plans another expansion to Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport this year. Additionally, you can find his “Rocco’s Spice” in the spice aisle of all Publix Super Markets.
Guests should regularly expect upbeat music, a spirited happy hour, Taco & Tequila Tuesday, and Bottomless Brunch on the weekend at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar.
Over 300 varieties of tequila will be on the menu and can be enjoyed alone or mixed in their signature margaritas.
Dinner service in Tampa begins Monday, February 12th and lunch service will begin on Monday, February 19th.
Coppertail Brewing had the Grand Opening for Stein and Vine Kitchen (S &V Kitchen) last week at the brewery in Ybor City. The pub fare from S & V Kitchen will be available to guests daily from 11AM to 11PM when they visit the brewery.
Coppertail Brewing is located at 2601 East 2nd Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 just outside Ybor City near IKEA.
Menu items are identical to what you’ll find at the Stein & Vine location in Brandon and includes the “Juicy Lacey” Cheeseburger, Pig Wings, and Tator Tots…to name a few. Food is also available for take-out with a special Monday special that includes a growler on the Coppertail Facebook page.
You can find the full menu for S & V Kitchen on Coppertail’s website at: http://coppertailbrewing.com/the-food-1/
Coppertail Brewing was founded in 2014 by Kent Bailey and Casey Hughes. The idea was to bring more hop-forward and Belgian influenced beer to the market. All their beer is brewed and bottled in Tampa for Florida distribution. Coppertail beer is available at tap rooms and restaurants, Total Wine, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Publix, and at the brewery.
Stein and Vine was founded in 2012 by Ty and Lacey Mathis. The owners live within walking distance of their restaurant and pub and are friends with the owners of Coppertail Brewing.
Rumored for years, Dave & Buster’s is finally opening its doors to the public on Monday, October 30th, 2017. It is the 102nd location for the franchise which was founded in 1982 in Dallas, Texas.
The new building is located at 10209 Estuary Lakes Drive Tampa, FL 33619. The location is next to Bass Pro Shops and right at the tip of Brandon. It is easily accessible from I-75 and also the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and located of Faulkeburg Road. It will be open Sunday to Thursday from 11AM to Midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 2AM.
Coming in at 40,000 Square Feet – the building has a modern sports bar, dining area, and game room that will attract people of all ages. Parking is easily available in the parking lot right out front and there will be a number of deals available to customers.
More than 230 jobs are being created as a result of Dave & Buster’s entering the area and they are still hiring.
Dave & Buster’s Deals
Happy Hour is available Monday to Friday from 4:30PM-7PM Sunday to Thursday from 10PM-close.
Happy Hour includes:
- 1/2 price cocktails
- $2.50 domestic pints
- $1 off 22 oz. drafts
- $1 off glasses of wine
- $3 off bottles of wine
2 for Tuesdays:
- $2 tacos
- $2 select beers
- 2 FREE plays with $10 power card purchase/re-charge (all day)
1/2 price Wednesdays:
Football Game Day Specials (10/30/17-2/4/18 on Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays):
- $3.50 22 oz. select draft beers
- $5 game day appetizers
USF has no shortage of dessert shops and cafes. There has to be over 10 cafes and shops near the USF campus.
Last year Ice Smile was one of the shops in Tampa to popularize Thai-Rolled Ice Cream and people went nuts for it. We’re talking over an hour wait for Thai-Rolled Ice Cream. Now a new shop has emerged on Fletcher Avenue just minutes from USF.
H20℃ opened in August on Fletcher by the USF – Tampa Campus and is serving Thai-Rolled Ice Cream and bubble tea at 13520 University Plaza Street. The bubble tea is served in light bulbs which has been a popular fad on the west coast for over a year now.
Got Tea was one of the first shops in Tampa to serve light bulb boba last year.
For more info on H20℃ visit them on social media:
It is open daily from Monday to Sunday from 12PM-11PM.
You can reach them at (813) 559-1645.
Need plans this weekend? 7venth Sun will have their Tampa Grand Opening this weekend at their new Seminole Heights location located at 6809 North Nebraska Avenue on the corner of Sligh right next to The Mermaid Tavern.
The new building is 18,000 square feet and once was home to a skating rink according to the Tampa Bay Times. Pet owners: The outdoor patio is dog-friendly.
The main event will occur on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 from 11AM-1AM. Live music will be provided by Heavy Pets band at 7PM. There is no cost to attend.
Collaboration beers will be served with Green Bench, Escape, Mastry’s, Stations of the Craft, Hidden Springs, Cigar City, Angry Chair, and Cycle Brewing.
Here is the tap list:
Buddy Brew Coffee will have their food truck on-site and there will be coffee beer collaborations between the two as well as food served at their truck. The Ramen and Waffles Food Truck will be on-site as well serving food. Ramen and Waffles opened earlier this year.
Lowry Parcade will also have a pop-up at the event.
Exciting news indeed!
Event name: 7venth Sun Tampa Grand Opening
Address: 6809 North Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33604
Date & Time: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 11AM-1AM
Cost: Free to attend
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/152307801989109/
Full disclosure: I was invited to S Bar for their preview night about a week ago where they served complimentary hor d’oeuvres to the public to preview their restaurant. I visited again today on my own for some sushi for lunch and decided to write a post about their grand opening. Opinions stated are my own.
Brandon has a new concept called S Bar open that fuses 1920s speakeasy cocktails and southern bistro food with a sushi bar. The restaurant opened to the public last Sunday June 11th, 2017.
The location was formerly known as The Rack in the past and the entire restaurant has been re-done to have a more intimate and upscale ambiance. Many of the staff members and management also are related to The Rack and you’ll find some of your favorite sushi rolls from that time on the menu at S Bar.
Sushi rolls range from about $4 to $16 and include the popular Volcano Roll and The Rack rolls from the previous tenant of the establishment. During the days of The Rack, I was personally in love with the Volcano Roll and many places simply could not compare. Specials are being developed and will roll out in the future – most information for that will be posted to their Facebook page.
The southern bistro menu includes grits, fried green tomatoes, corn bread, and more in development. The menu will be fully available in the near future.
S Bar seems to be targeting a more upscale crowd then its predecessor and it would be a great place to grab some drinks locally in Brandon or to go out on a date night or a night out with friends for young professionals or professionals in general.
The Executive Chef for S Bar, Gia Tran, has previously worked at Ocean Prime and won the Sushi Battle last year in 2016 and also ran the Urban Sushi Burrito food stand that could be found at most Big City Events festivals such as the Margarita Festival and Rum Festival.
If you’re in Brandon driving down State Road 60 off I-75, stop by and give it a look. The restaurant is open late daily and apparently brunch is in the works.
Restaurant name: S Bar
Cuisine: Sushi, Southern
Address: 1025 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511
Phone Number: (813) 575-7227
Thai Rolled Ice Cream is taking Tampa by storm at the moment (just head over to IceSmile and try to wait in line for 2 hours) and newcomer Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream is leading the movement over into Ybor City at 2206 East 7th Avenue next to Shrimp and Co.
This shop offers ice cream and frozen yogurt bases with over 25 flavors and is owned by military veterans of the United States Air Force and Army.
Snobachi also offers what they call Dragon Breath: a combination of liquid nitrogen and dippers such as brownie bites, popcorn, and marshmallows. When you eat the dippers – your breath will release a smoke from the nitrogen chill.
Check out the menu: http://www.snobachi.com/portfolio.html
Snobachi’s Grand Opening will be held this New Year’s Eve 2017 starting at 2:30PM and runs all day long until 2AM. The first 50 customers will get 50% off their SnoRolls. Social media check-ins and shares will also unlock discounts for customers.
Some photos of Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream via Facebook:
For more information contact Snobachi at (813) 284-6071
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/238138119943072/
Local vendor The Cake Girl is opening a mobile food truck to the public on Saturday August 27th, 2016. The Grand Opening event will be held from 11AM-6PM at Gables Motorsports of Wesley Chapel located at 28009 Wesley Chapel Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. Local food trucks will join The Cake Girl for the opening event and have food available for sale. Live music and giveaways will be held throughout the event.
The event will feature a FREE cupcake giveaway to the first 100 people who show up at the food truck.
Here is a sample of some of the sweets Cake Girl makes:
Joining The Cake Girl for the Grand Opening at Gables Motorsports:
- Moca Loka Frappe: specializing in Puerto Rican gourmet smoothies – well known for their delicious Nutella smoothies and pineapple colada conconctions
- KC’s Crepes: serving sweet and savory crepes inspired by French and Japanese cuisine culture
- Burger Lab: known for their signature black angus blend beef burgers with condiments and sauces made in-house daily
RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/1563206073986256/
For booking inquiries for The Cake Girl – Call (321) 438-2981 or e-mail thecakegirlllc[at]gmail[dot]com.