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New roosts for chicken restaurants: Hooters, PDQ

New restaurants are on the wing. The new Hooters Clearwater Beach and the Lookout open June 4 on the north side of the Clearwater Beach roundabout at Mandalay Avenue, atop the Ron Jon Surf Shop.

The new Hooters is not far from the original Gulf-to-Bay location, which underwent a major remodeling earlier this year. Like other Hooters locations, the new outpost features indoor and outdoor HD TVs and a menu of wings, sandwiches and such, but it distinguishes itself with a second-story outdoor bar as well as a water-view rooftop deck called the Lookout.

The Lookout has been designed for celebrating nightly sunsets, offering couch seating outside on a broad outdoor patio as well as inside bar seating with views. The address is 381 Mandalay Ave.; (727) 443-7363.

PDQ, the new chicken chain that is gunning for Chik-fil-A's market dominance, holds the grand opening of its second store June 3 in Wesley Chapel. PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a new fast-casual chain founded by a group that includes Bob Basham, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse. As with the first South Tampa location, it offers fried and grilled chicken tenders, sandwiches and salads as well as milk shakes and lemonade. PDQ will continue growing pretty darn quick, with a Carrollwood location on Dale Mabry opening in early August and a St. Petersburg location on Fourth Street N in late September. PDQ Wesley Chapel opens at 27757 SR 56; (813) 528-8770.

Popular Tampa restaurant closes

Bin 27 Bistro at 2702 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa has closed its doors. Opened at the end of 2008 in the space of longtime fixture Cafe Con Trey, it was the brainchild of first-time owner Michael Wuliger. Wuliger and chef Jason Cline brought a consistently exciting wine list and an incisive vision of Cal-Med cuisine to South Tampa. No word yet on what may go into the space.

New roosts for chicken restaurants: Hooters, PDQ 05/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 6:56pm]
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