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Cheddar's, Chick-fil-A add to dining options in Lutz

The Legendary Monster Cookie is a favorite at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Cheddar's

The Legendary Monster Cookie is a favorite at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Cheddar's

LUTZ — The Cypress Creek Town Center has added two new restaurants, providing more options for diners.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen opened its doors on June 6, and Chick-fil-A opens Thursday.

Located next to the Tampa Premium Outlets, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is more than 8,000 square feet and seats about 255 guests.

"We are so excited to bring our scratch-made experience to the people of Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Land O'Lakes, New Tampa and the entire area," said John Seebach, general manager.

The Cypress Creek location features a kitchen that has over 3,500 square feet and is staffed by twice the number of cooks working in most restaurant kitchens. Diners can choose from a wide variety of scratch-made menu items. Appetizers include savory Santa Fe Spinach Dip and Cheddar's Cheese Fries.

Salads, soups and sandwiches are available, such as the Maple Bacon Chicken Sandwich. Other menu choices include house-smoked baby back ribs, steaks, scratch burgers, chicken, fish, and favorites like chicken fried steak. Made-from-scratch sides include mac & cheese and broccoli cheese casserole.

For dessert, diners can choose from goodies such as the Hot Fudge Cake Sundae and Cheddar's Legendary Monster Cookie. Hand-crafted margaritas, specialty cocktails, and beer and wine are available.

Based in Irving, Texas, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen has 163 locations in 29 states. This is the third new Cheddar's opening this year in the Tampa Bay area.

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen is located at 2391 Sun Vista Drive. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (813) 948-3016, or visit

Chick-fil-A for a year is up for grabs for locals

On Thursday, Chick-fil-A will open its first stand-alone restaurant in Lutz. It will feature a vintage-inspired interior, designed using hand-made, authentic materials. There is a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood and subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

There is a two-story indoor play area for children, and free Wi-Fi is available. An expanded drive-through features dual ordering lanes which allow customers to quickly move into a single lane for payment and pick up.

Britt Young, local franchise owner, will award a free one-year supply of Chick-fil-A meals to each of the first 100 adults in line at the restaurant when the doors open around 6 a.m. Thursday. Participants must be 18 or older with identification and can line up no earlier than 24 hours before the opening. This community event is open only to guests residing in specific ZIP codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible ZIP codes and rules can be found at

Also on opening day, the restaurant will collect new and gently used books to benefit the local Lutz/Land O'Lakes schools.

Chick-fil-A is located at 2349 Sun Vista Drive. It is open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is closed on Sundays. For more information, visit

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Cheddar's, Chick-fil-A add to dining options in Lutz 06/22/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 4:47pm]
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