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Briefs: News about Beijing Palace, Louis Pappas, Innisbrook Resort and more

Beijing Palace in Largo offers good deal

Fine, the sign says Peking Palace, but it's really Beijing Palace (11928 Seminole Blvd., Largo) and this 6-month-old Chinese restaurant is offering some new deals. Virtually every dish on the menu is $5, and that includes soup, spring roll and rice. Call (727) 584-4500 for more details. It also delivers.

Louis Pappas looks for a new spot

St. Petersburg's Louis Pappas (1530 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, (727) 822-0900) closed its doors last month.

The other five locations are going strong, but this particular location was blighted by a dearth of parking, the owner said. The nearby American Legion took up lots of available space, and Pappas felt that customers didn't feel comfortable parking several blocks away at nearby Crescent Lake.

Pappas is looking at either downtown St. Petersburg or the Pasadena area for a new location.

"We absolutely have a strong core of loyal patrons in this area, and I really like the downtown market," Pappas said.

Anthony's Pizza coming to Clearwater

Last month, the Times reviewed Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Tampa. Extra crispy, delicious. A second bay area Anthony's is set to open in the same shopping center as Tuscano Grille (which used to be Ponte's Tuscan Grill) at 2534 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater. Opening date not set.

Innisbrook Resort opens new restaurants

Due to the popularity of its new restaurants and spa during the recent Super Bowl and Transitions Championship weeks, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club's Packard's Steakhouse, Market Salamander Grille & Bar and Indaba Spa are now open to the public via reservation.

They are part of a recent $26 million renovation. Innisbrook's other amenities, including Turnberry Pub at the Island Clubhouse, will remain accessible only to members and resort guests.

Packard's Steakhouse, named after the designer of Innisbrook's four golf courses, E. Lawrence Packard, is located in the clubhouse of the resort's Copperhead Course. The newly built Market Salamander Grille & Bar at the Osprey Clubhouse offers a varied menu, with an emphasis on local products. The restaurant and bar opens onto a large patio with fire pit and overlooks two of the resort's four golf courses. Both venues are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, call (727) 942-2000.

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Briefs: News about Beijing Palace, Louis Pappas, Innisbrook Resort and more 05/05/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 4:30am]
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