NEW TAMPA — The dining room looks like a courtyard, complete with a large mural of agave plants, and tequila aging barrels adorn the restaurant.
A mariachi band performs weekly, serenading diners.
At Senor T's, guests can enjoy the ambiance of Mexico while dining in New Tampa.
Senor T's Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar offers a large variety of traditional Mexican dishes, as well as 75 types of tequila.
"It's a modern day Mexican grill and tequila bar," said Dewayne Bracy, operations partner. "We've gotten great responses from the guests."
Open for lunch and dinner, menu items include a large variety of burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos and Mexican flatbreads.
There are weekly specials, in addition to a new late-night menu that offers drink specials and half-price appetizers from 9 p.m. until close.
Customers can choose to dine inside, or on the large patio that also has a bar.
"We have a state of the art patio that is open rain or shine," said Bracy.
During inclement weather, electric slides move panels to block the rain.
Senor T's is a family friendly restaurant, but also offers a separate tequila room. In this lounge- like setting, guests can choose from tequila flights, shots or bottles.
Senor T's has 21 televisions that are 55 inches or larger, and there is live entertainment on the weekends. The Castillo Kids, a mariachi band from Orlando, performs most Friday nights.
Senor T's is at 17641 Bruce B Downs Blvd. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
For more information, call (813) 972-4800, or visit senorts mexgrill.com.
Teacher goes from lessons to life skills
As an elementary school teacher in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years, Amy Gordon knows firsthand the challenges and struggles that kids face on a daily basis.
"Kids feel overwhelmed," said Gordon. "They think they have to be experts in everything."
Gordon is using her extensive experience and passion for teaching to help kids in another way. Having recently stepped away from teaching, Gordon started Life Skills in ACTion, a life skills and tutoring center for kids and teens.
Beginning in June, she will host weekly group seminars on a variety of topics, such as study skills, goal setting and personal development.
Life Skills in ACTion's services are designed to help kids and teens learn skills that will guide them to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
"In education, the thing that makes our children successful is when someone is in that child's corner, and you get behind them and encourage them to do their best," Gordon said.
She will cover topics that include time management, commitment to tasks, organizational tips and test-taking skills. Other seminars include cyber life and social etiquette. In addition to seminars, parents can request individual appointments and academic tutoring for their child, based on their particular needs.
Life Skills in ACTion seminars are held at 17718 Hunting Bow Circle in Lutz, and at 2754 Windguard Circle, Suite 101, in Wesley Chapel. For more information, visit lifeskillsinaction.com or call (813) 907-1033.
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