News: Mini Doughnut Factory closes St. Petersburg location

Popular local Tampa Bay chain Mini Doughnut Factory announced today on social media channels that they are closing their St. Petersburg location permanently. The Tampa location will remain open. The chain was embroiled in a lawsuit and legal drama these past few months between the investors and founders. Damages were reported to be up toContinue reading “News: Mini Doughnut Factory closes St. Petersburg location”

BJ’s Charitable Foundation donates $50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to celebrate new Clearwater store

BJ’s Charitable Foundation, part of BJ’s Wholesale Club, recently donated $50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay, part of Feeding America®’s member bank network, to celebrate their new store opening in Clearwater. The donation will help to provide fresh and nutritious food for people who are food insecure and lack access to healthy food. BJ’s donated 193,000Continue reading “BJ’s Charitable Foundation donates $50,000 to Feeding Tampa Bay to celebrate new Clearwater store”

2 Tampa Bay chefs named James Beard Award 2019 semifinalists

Tampa Bay is on fire this morning with two chefs named James Beards Award semifinalists for 2019. The James Beard Foundation awards are the most prestigious award a chef can receive in the food industry. Chef Jeannie Pierola from Edison: Food + Drink Lab has been nominated as a Semifinalist for Best Chef in theContinue reading “2 Tampa Bay chefs named James Beard Award 2019 semifinalists”

SF Restaurant Week 2019 starts January 23rd – 100+ restaurants participating

SF Restaurant Week starts Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 until January 31st in San Francisco and is presented by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus during this time. Lunch (2 courses) will cost $15 or $25. Dinner (3 or more courses) will cost $40 or $65. It’s a great timeContinue reading “SF Restaurant Week 2019 starts January 23rd – 100+ restaurants participating”

Cigar City Brewing at TPA in running for Best Local Dining award by USA Today

USA Today‘s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards currently has Cigar City Brewing at TPA (Tampa International Airport) in the running for two categories: Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere and Best Airport Bar. Cigar City Brewing opened last year in the Airside C of Tampa International Airport and is serving and brewing local craft beer to airport visitorsContinue reading “Cigar City Brewing at TPA in running for Best Local Dining award by USA Today”

Gigglewaters offers free movie and beer to those impacted by U.S. government shutdown

Gigglewaters is offering a free movie and beer to those impacted the current U.S. government shutdown with proof of position each night until the shutdown ends. The local speakeasy in Safety Harbor, Florida is a popular spot to catch old flicks and enjoy some excellent food and cocktails. The current government shutdown is one ofContinue reading “Gigglewaters offers free movie and beer to those impacted by U.S. government shutdown”

Restaurant News: Sparkman Wharf opening November 30th in Downtown Tampa

The highly anticipated Sparkman Wharf is opening on Friday, November 30th, 2018 where Channelside once stood. This is part of the Water Street Tampa project that aims to rebuild and rethink Downtown Tampa, adding much needed green space and a focus on Tampa’s waterfront views. Several restaurateurs have signed on to the project including Ichicoro ownerContinue reading “Restaurant News: Sparkman Wharf opening November 30th in Downtown Tampa”

News: Petit Piquant now closed. New concept in the works.

Scoop: Petit Piquant located near North Hyde Park is now permanently closed. The French-inspired bakery served a wide range of pastries, sandwiches, and coffee. I was personally a big fan of their Kouign-Amann pastries. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Xilo – Tacos, Burritos y Mas (@vchxilo) Rumor Mill: The owners RicardoContinue reading “News: Petit Piquant now closed. New concept in the works.”

Happening Now: Negroni Week 2018 in Tampa Bay

It’s Negroni Week this week. Negroni Week started in 2013 as a celebration of the Negroni cocktail and a fundraiser for charities around the world. It is a partnership between Campari and Imbibe Magazine. The Negroni dates back to 1919 in Florence and is named after founder Count Camillo Negroni ordered an Americano with gin insteadContinue reading “Happening Now: Negroni Week 2018 in Tampa Bay”

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week features over 100 restaurants June 1st-June 14th

Savor Sarasota restaurant week will celebrate their 13th year with over 100 participants from June 1st to June 14th of 2018. The annual restaurant week that actually spans two weeks features multi-course pre-fixe meals for $16 at lunch and $32 at dinner. Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. Siesta Key inContinue reading “Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week features over 100 restaurants June 1st-June 14th”