Bento Asian cuisine
If you have your date in Burnz on Howard Avenue in Tampa, it has a new meaning as of April 20th. The opening of the new restaurant in West Tampa – along with the newcomers to Armature Works – is just one of ten juicy new openings, closings, and tidbits of the Tampa Bay News restaurant that will keep you posted until next week or when you next check in cltampa.com/food. Read more about all of this by finding this post by clicking through the links.
Corner club Less than six months after the popular Corner Club pub closed, residents of the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa walked back through the doors again on Monday. A lot will be different and you definitely can’t smoke inside anymore, but there is still karaoke, beer, wine, boiled peanuts and cheese balls to go with an updated aesthetic from new owner Jeni Armstrong and a new menu from chef Suzanne Crouch 1502 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa. @cornerclubtampa on Instagram
K Chicken & Bowl The Carrollwood Restaurant’s roast chicken – available in tender, wings, or half and whole servings – can be flavored with a range of sauces including peanuts, white onions and honey garlic. Other Korean staples such as bulgogi, bibimbap, and kimchi fried rice are also on the menu. Bevvies include Korean beer, corn tea, and soju, a colorless, distilled alcohol. For now only for take away and delivery via GrubHub and DoorDash. 14380 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. @kchickenandbowl on Instagram
Bento Asian cuisine The Florida chain’s second location in Tampa and the fourth in Tampa Bay, opening in old Ichicoro Imoto (more on this below), should be open in 2-3 weeks. The bento menu includes coconut curry tofu, spicy Sichuan chicken, shrimp pad thai, and Mongolian steak. The concept arrives at a time of rapid change in the food hall. In the past few months, several concepts have remained – including Imoto and Union by Commune + Co. and Kuba Cocina – and have moved in or announced plans to open (Muchachas, Bake ‘n Babes, Buddy Brew). 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. eatatbento.com
Burnz Two miles north of Bern’s on Howard Avenue in a former Piquant Bakery location, this West Tampa eatery serves authentic Caribbean, Hispanic, and American cuisine [an] Heightened Attitude ”gives a new meaning to a date night in Burnz. It is scheduled to open on April 20th. 1704 N Howard Ave., Tampa. burnzrbg.com
Mockingbird brows Kendra Conze, founder of Health Mutt’s pet care business in Seminole Heights, is moving and expanding, and her husband Mike – chief brewer at Brew Hub in Lakeland – comes by to open what he wants to call Mockingbird Brewing (registered trademark). The 10-barrel facility will eventually be home to a core range of beers as well as mixed fermentation offerings of the federal age and is expected to open before 2022. 5023 N Florida Ave., Tampa. @mockingbirdbrewing on Instagram
Ichicoro Imoto After opening in 2018, that Armature Works location was tacitly closed last month, but a new Ichicoro is on its way to join the flagship in Seminole Heights, which is still locally owned via Uber Eats and Salt Block Hospitality . The news of Imoto’s closure comes as Ichicoro’s Ane St. Petersburg location is still temporarily closed after the coronavirus shutdown in March last year. ichicororamen.com
Sophia’s kitchen + enoteca Less than two years after opening, the popular Italian restaurant Sophia’s Cucina + Enoteca in St. Petersburg is located at 2363 Central Ave. closed to make room for Nando Silvestri, who will open the Italian concept “Matteo’s” in this room. The good news for fans of Sophia is that owners Alex and Kelly Rodriguez really aren’t going anywhere. The couple’s new cafe, bakery and store, Sammy + Paco’s, are coming to historic Kenwood and are slated to open this month while their Lolita’s catering business buzzes along. The tasting room of a Lolita at 16 18th St. S is also open for pick-up and pre-dine-in service.
In Armature Works there is an Italian liqueur popup “Bar Monte” Amaro Montenegro is the spirit of choice in this pop-up that creates cocktails and hosts Monte Flights on-site alongside favorites M.Bird, Steelbach and Stone’s Throw. It runs from Friday April 16 through Sunday April 18 and Thursday April 22 through Sunday April 25. The opening times are Thursday to Saturday from 3pm to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. There is a mandatory mask policy for guests, as well as socially distant seating and hand sanitizer available throughout the pop-up. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. barmonte.com
The Tampa Bay Taco acquisition begins April 20th with food and beverages across the Bay Area A portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit Homeless Empowerment Program during CL’s 15-day Cinco de Mayo audition. tampabaytacotakeover.com
Tampa International Airport is now delivering groceries to passengers waiting for flights. TPA to Go offers free contactless pickup and delivery ($ 4.99 fee). This might be worth it, especially if you have a cute donkey seat at the gate. In addition, TPA to Go brings food to your location, regardless of the terminal. So if you want Spanish bean soup or a 1905 salad from Columbia Cafe on Airside E, but are flying from Airside A, this can be delivered straight to you. Need a New York Pizza from Airside A that goes with the Ulele okra fries in Airside C? No problem. tpatogo.com
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