GIBSONTON — Angela Smith and Gregory Seals both retired from the military, so it seemed only natural that they should open their new restaurant on Veterans Day.
And since Angelle's and A'Mya's Restaurant and Catering opened on Nov. 11, its down-home food has been popular with diners.
"It gets pretty busy," Smith said. "Some people come for breakfast and they get lunch to go."
The restaurant's name is a variant of Smith's first name plus the name of Seals' granddaughter. The fare is strictly Southern comfort, mostly variations on recipes handed down in Smith's family.
The emphasis is on breakfast and lunch, but Angelle's and A'Mya's is open until 6 p.m. most days, so a lot of patrons get early dinner or get carry-out to take home. The breakfast menu is available until 10:30 Monday through Friday, and the lunch/dinner menu is available all day.
Among the most popular dishes are fish and grits, smothered pork chops, chicken and waffles, meat loaf, oxtail and pulled pork Angelle's and A'Mya's is at 11130 U.S. 41 S, near Gibsonton Boulevard, in the same plaza as the post office. It's open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. Friday.
Call (813) 671-2521 or visit angellescatering.com.
All-purpose salon thrives in Gibsonton
GIBSONTON — Right next door to Angelle's and A'Mya's is another new business, Virgin's Beauty Salon.
"We actually do a little bit of everything," owner Virgen Bonilla said. "We do everything about hair, nails and skin. We do men's haircuts, kids haircuts, color, relaxers, acrylic nails, waxing and permanent makeup. We even have massages by appointment."
Bonilla had been working locally as a hair stylist for about five years before she opened. Another stylist at her new salon has been working in the area for 30 years. So the salon had a good base of customers when it opened on Nov. 13.
She added another stylist, two nail technicians and an aesthetician. Most of her the work is done by appointment, but Bonilla said she wants to have a plenty of staff available because the salon encourages walk-in clients.
"We always have time to take care of walk-ins," she said. "They don't even have to sit. It's 'Hi, how are you?' and then we take care of you."
Business has been strong enough, Bonilla said, that she's already looking to add another stylist to rent a station in the salon.
The staff at Virgin's speaks Spanish and English.
Virgin's is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 677-0505 during business hours, or (813) 382-5304 outside of business hours to make an appointment.
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