A stir went through FishHawk Ranch when Park Square Cellar closed Sept. 13 after nearly eight years of catering to a wine and cheese crowd.
The upscale yet relaxed bistro at 16132 Churchview Drive in Lithia had built quite a following, and its closure left regulars feeling abandoned.
Original owners Shawn and Mary Sarkisian said they decided to get out of the business so they could devote more time to their children.
After a quick concept renovation, Kim Deme-Fulcher and Kevin Fulcher, partners with the Sarkisians since 2009, took full ownership and reopened the restaurant last month as 2K & Co. Tap and Table. The 2K represents the first letter of their names and the patrons are "the company" at the more family-friendly eatery.
"It's been a rough transition," Deme-Fulcher said. "There is a lot of misperception about the reasons why things played out the way they did. The ins and outs are really complicated. Let's look forward."
Fulcher, who helped develop FishHawk while working for Larkin Construction back when the area was mainly woods and palmettos, said people are starting to find out about 2K & Co.
"A lot of people who quit coming are coming back," Fulcher said. "I am constantly getting comments from people who say they never knew there was a restaurant here."
Customers can expect to find new high tops in the bar area, a new color scheme with open windows for continuity and menu changes that include wings ($9.99) and flatbreads ($8.99), sandwiches, burgers and a kids menu — as well as free dessert for those in local schools who earn a spot on the principal's honor roll.
Manager Rodney Martin, who spent more than a decade at Barnacles before it closed in August, says 2K & Co. receives fresh fish deliveries four to five times a week for its popular dip and tacos.
Martin also touted the $15.99 paella with a twist: chicken, steak, blue mussels, shrimp and peppers over rice with a white sauce instead of red.
There are two dozen beers on tap ranging from $3 Bud and Miller to craft brews like an $8 Chimay Triple, a Belgian beer with an 8 percent alcohol content.
Wine aficionados still can enjoy their favorite reds and whites with prices ranging from an $8 glass all the way up to a $62 bottle from French winemaker Louis Jadot.
Live entertainment is offered Fridays and Saturdays.
2K and Co. is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; noon to 2 a.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 689-4560 or check out their "2K and Company" page on Facebook.
Winn-Dixie showcases Bloomingdale store
The Winn-Dixie at 179 Bloomingdale Ave. showcases its new look and expanded offerings with a "Meet the Manager" event from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
There will be food tastings, live entertainment and giveaways including a chance to win a $100 Winn-Dixie gift card.
New services and enhanced offerings include expanded deli selections with grab-and-go meal options that range from a chicken wing bar and custom-made sandwich shop to a granite hot bar, barbecue bar and grab-and-go salad case.
An upgraded produce department now contains organic foods and fresh-cut fruits.
The bakery also offers additional selections, including a new specialty cake case. The store also has undergone facade improvements with fresh paint and renovated restrooms.
Leda Eaton, editor of the Talon at FishHawk Ranch, contributed to this report. If you know of something that should be featured in Everybody's Business, email [email protected]