New restaurants scheduled to launch in Tampa Bay now through summer
Look out for the season’s forthcoming fooderies.
A mouth-watering rundown on more than 20 forthcoming fooderies scheduled to launch in Tampa Bay now through summer.
3 Dot Dash Vegan Kitchen A brick-and-mortar location for this mobile purveyor of popular fried “chicken” cutlet sandwiches is on its way. Inside Seminole Heights’ Jug & Bottle Dept., the all-vegan menu largely focuses on cooked-to-order sandos, fries (such as poutine topped with various ingredients) and Southern comfort food sides. 6201 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.
America Neat Grill & Whiskey House The food and drink component of the Warehouse Arts District’s massive American Freedom Distillery features two bars pouring specialty cocktails and rare, pricey whiskeys, respectively — not to mention a restaurant with eclectic American cuisine driven by a wood-fired grill. Like American Freedom, America Neat foresees a debut sometime this season. 2232 Fifth Ave. S., St. Petersburg, americaneat.com.
The Bowery Quietly coming along in west Ybor City, a one-stop shop for eating, sipping and lounging that began demolition in February on the building most recently home to World of Coffees & Tea. The Bowery has started posting some enticing-looking dishes to its Facebook page, including oysters and venison tartare. 1811 N. 15th St. #A, Tampa.
Catrinas Tacos and Tequila After closing in South Tampa last spring, Catrinas is relocating to the West Tampa space where 4th of July Cafe formerly operated. Its new home — featuring order-at-the-counter service, a tequila bar and a reservations-only speakeasy room, has taken a little longer than anticipated. But an open kitchen will offer a insider’s look at how executive chef Tisbeth Mejia prepares her Mexican delights. 1611 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, catrinasgroup.com.
Clean Juice With existing locations in Carrollwood, South Tampa and Sarasota, the fourth local outpost for this certified-organic juice bar franchise brings cold-pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls and other food items (avocado toast and oat bowls, anyone?) to Hyde Park Village’s H Block. 1640 W. Snow Ave., Tampa, cleanjuice.com.
Forbici Expect tapas, Roman-style pies (cut with scissors) and entrees — as well as cocktails, beer and wine — from the modern Italian eatery, a full-service collaboration between Ciccio Restaurant Group partner Jeff Gigante and Brunetti Pizza owner Jason Brunetti at Hyde Park Village. Adjoined with a small grab-and-go pizzeria offering takeout and delivery, Forbici is targeting a premiere in early August. 1633 W. Snow Ave., Tampa.
The Getaway In mid-May, the Skyway Marina District can take advantage of The Getaway No. 2’s showpiece: a waterfront tiki bar offering unobstructed views of Maximo Marina. Don’t worry, though — an expanded selection of coastal bites from the Florida Keys-inspired, indoor-outdoor hangout accompanies the cocktails made with fresh ingredients. 3701 50th Ave. S., St. Petersburg,thegetawaytampabay.com.
The Hideaway Pizza Pub A surf-themed addition to the Coquina Key area with eats like wings, heros, barbecue, burgers and the signature Fitness Pizza. According to the kid- and pet-friendly Hideaway’s website, however, “fitness” has less to do with getting in shape and more to do with “fitness whole pizza in my mouth.” There’s also booze and live entertainment in store. 3901 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-914-3465, thehideawaypizzapub.com.
Hooch and Hive An esoteric, affordable music-centric bar with a big local art influence and inspired menus of bites and beverages. Pulled duck confit and waffles, dry-aged beef sliders and a bunch of vegetarian options are a few planned snacks. 1001 W. Cass St., Tampa, 813-251-1234,hoochandhive.com.
La Segunda Central Bakery This Ybor landmark’s palmetto leaf-topped Cuban bread, guava and cheese turnovers, and pressed Cuban sandwiches hit South Tampa in early summer. Highlights of the bakery and cafe include a barista-led coffee bar, seating (a first for La Segunda), a to-go window and a covered pet-friendly patio. 4001 W. Kennedy Blvd. #4, Tampa, lasegundabakery.com.
The Left Bank Bistro Early summer is also what founder Susanne Byram and her French eatery with approachable cuisine, coffee and cocktails are shooting for. The historic Uptown newcomer, where executive chef Kate Gorr leads the kitchen, is billed as intimate and inviting and enclosed by a lovely wrap-around porch. 1225 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg,theleftbankbistro.com.
Louis Pappas Fresh Greek The fast-casual franchise’s Bay to Bay location experienced a fire last month. Its closed for renovations, but should reopen with that famed Greek salad — and a brighter, new-and-improved look — in a couple of months. 3409 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, 813-839-0000,louispappas.com.
Metro Diner Comfort food classics with flair are the backbone of this Jacksonville-founded chain. The South Tampa restaurant, which opens May 29, will spotlight the same crowd-pleasing menu offered in St. Pete and Sarasota, with dishes ranging from croissant French toast to pork chops with spiced apple chutney. 4011 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-364-0076, metrodiner.com.
Nebraska Mini-Mart Easily one of the list’s most anticipated newbies, the family- and pooch-friendly Seminole Heights sibling of Rooster & the Till focuses on elevated global street food with casual creativity that doesn’t compromise taste — think bulgogi steak sandwiches and fried chicken “buckets.” Showcasing indoor and outdoor seating, shuffleboard and bocce courts, NMM should premiere before fall. 4815 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, nebraskaminimart.com.
Pacific Counter Putting an emphasis on fresh produce and quality seafood, a fast-casual, high-tech, chef-driven spot on the 600 Block for build-your-own poke bowls and sushi burritos. The beverages are equally as tempting, considering Frostee Kirin and Sake Slush are among the options. 660 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, pacificcounter.com.
Pacini’s Italian Restaurant & Bar Where Safety Harbor Grill & Bar used to be, Pacini’s — a New England staple for the past 25 years — provides a taste of Boston’s Little Italy through specialties such as pork and lamb chops, pasta and ribeye steak. 997 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-412-8053,pacinissafetyharbor.com.
Philly Pretzel Factory Wife-and-husband duo Michele and John Maffei are behind the first Bay area location for this pretzel bakery franchise, launching in July. Traditional Philadelphia-style soft pretzels mix with cinnamon pretzel twists, pretzel wieners, bite-size pretzel nuggets, cheesesteak pretzels, and on and on. 11244 Boyette Road, Riverview, 813-741-0005, phillypretzelfactory.com.
The Rusty Lyon An extensive assortment of craft beer — oh, yeah, and what will likely open as Dunedin’s first rooftop bar — adds to the allure of the bourbon and burger bar, owned by Russell Latimer and his partners. Late July is when The Rusty Lyon is looking to debut. 923 Broadway, Dunedin, rustylyon.com.
SoHo Juice Co. The cold-pressed juicery’s second South Tampa location, and fourth overall, plans to introduce an exclusive menu item — plant-based soft serve, aka “soft swerve” free of dairy, gluten and soy — in two flavors: Activated Chocolate and Magical Vanilla. That’s on top of its regular lineup of house-made juices, nut milks and acai bowls, to name a few. The wait won’t be “too much longer.” 3120 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, sohojuicecompany.com.
Taco Dirty While an exact opening date hasn’t been pinned down, Ciccio Restaurant Group’s latest quick-service concept — primarily specializing in Mexican bowls and tacos, alongside juices — is aiming for a late May launch. 2221 Platt St., Tampa, 813-314-7900, cicciorestaurantgroup.com.
Trophy Fish Gulf catches determine what’s available at this fresh fish house from three St. Pete locals and partners of venerable cocktail-slinger Mandarin Hide. As early as June 1, regionites will down reimagined boat drinks while eating in an outdoor setting among Trophy Fish’s casual, chic decor. 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, trophyfishstpete.com.
Previously announced debuts from CL’s spring restaurant preview that we continue to look forward to: St. Pete’s Bento Cafe, Datz, Dr. BBQ, Ford’s Garage and Yeoman’s Cask & Lion, Oak & Stone, and Sweet Charlie’s (a location is also, apparently, “coming soon” to Tampa); Wakamolé Truly Mexican in Clearwater; and Tampa’s Burgerim, Ciccio Cali, Gen X Tavern and Osteria Italian Bar and Kitchen. More openings on our radar include Bodega and Mandarin Heights, Lolis Mexican Cravings, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Nueva Cantina, Remedy and Pokē Fish in Tampa, plus Dunedin’s Whiskey Cartel, New Port Richey’s Mountaineer Coffee and St. Pete’s Grand Hacienda.