Premium burgers come to New Tampa
Burger 21, a fast-casual "beyond the better burger" franchise concept founded by the owners of the Melting Pot, will open a New Tampa location at 20304 Trout Creek Drive in Trout Creek Commons off Bruce B. Downs on Sept. 10. It follows on the heels of three successful previous locations in Westchase, Carrollwood and Lakeland. The New Tampa location will seat 88 and has employed 55 new team members hired in New Tampa.
American regional comes to St. Pete
In the neighborhood adjacent to Tropicana Field recently named the Edge District, the Boundary American Grille and Tavern opened on Aug. 15. A collaboration between Jim Wilson and Jason Kingsley, the new restaurant features American regional cuisine, because as Wilson says, "Some of our best food comes from our own country. We decided to do American fusion. No one has really done that before." Sourcing all American foodstuffs, wines and craft beer, the mid-priced restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with live music on the weekends. Boundary is located at 1101 1st Ave. N in St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 873-7979.
Cigar City expands
Cigar City is getting bigger. With new wet zoning in place, it has undertaken an expansion of its tasting room up to three times the original size, with up to 24 taps to be added (bringing the total up in the neighborhood of 50 beers on tap at any given time). The original bar area will be reserved for to-go purchases (growlers, etc.). The new tasting room is expected to be unveiled in November.
New in Brandon
Lee Roy Selmon's opens its newest location in Brandon, its first since June of 2011, on Sept. 9. The new location, located at 11310 Causeway Blvd., includes patio, lounge and bar areas in addition to the main restaurant seating section. It boasts 30 high-def television screens, with viewing both inside and outside. The opening coincides with the first Sunday of the NFL season. Lee Roy Selmon's currently has seven other locations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Sarasota and Fort Myers communities.
Columbia '1905 Day'
On Sept. 16 all six Columbia Restaurants roll back their prices for "1905 Day" to celebrate the 107th anniversary of Florida's oldest restaurant. As has been the tradition since their 75th anniversary, the Columbia has developed a special menu with the prices of yesteryear for this day. From noon until 7 p.m., guests will be ordering at these prices: chicken and yellow rice "Ybor" $2.95, boliche (eye round of beef) $2.95, "1905' salad $1.95, Spanish bean or Cuban black bean soup 50 cents a cup and sangria for 95 cents a glass. On this day only, reservations are not accepted, and take-out items are not available.