NEWS: Tampa restaurants and Black Lives Matter have a complicated week

This week there were a number of stories happening around Black Lives Matter after the murder of George Floyd and in Tampa’s restaurant restaurant community it was no different. A number of restaurants were navigating how to address the rising movement and protests or how to deal with the fallout of communicating about it toContinue reading “NEWS: Tampa restaurants and Black Lives Matter have a complicated week”

Why are landlords still raising rent on restaurants during a pandemic?

News has spread that Cafe Ponte in Clearwater is now permanently closed due to COVID-19 and leasing problems. This is the beginning of many stories that will soon be told about failing restaurants in Tampa Bay. Personally I did not dine there, but was constantly told about the place from those who love to eatContinue reading “Why are landlords still raising rent on restaurants during a pandemic?”

Coronavirus: Souplantion, Sweet Tomatoes fold under pressure

The first major restaurant industry casualty is Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes, many more are expected in the future as the restaurant industry is impacted by COVID-19. The Los Angeles Times posted a full story this evening about the closure. The chain has been plagued with troubled finances for years. The reaction on Twitter was filled with mourning:Continue reading “Coronavirus: Souplantion, Sweet Tomatoes fold under pressure”

Coronavirus: Over 20 restaurants in Tampa Bay will not open dining rooms on May 4th

Most have said that they want to protect the health and safety of their employees and customers and will continue takeout or delivery if currently operational.

NEWS: Jollibee opening first Tampa Bay location on Friday January 17th

A Filipino favorite, Jollibee, is opening its doors on Friday, January 17th at 4057 Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park, Florida. The location will be the 40th location to open for the franchise which is currently experiencing high growth and expansion across the country. The chain plans to open 150 stores in the United States by 2023.Continue reading “NEWS: Jollibee opening first Tampa Bay location on Friday January 17th”