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Metro Diner moving towards Tampa

The Metro Diner will open a new location in South Tampa in 2018. Their menu includes classics like chicken and waffles. Photo courtesy of Crafton Bryant.

The Metro Diner will open a new location in South Tampa in 2018. Their menu includes classics like chicken and waffles. Photo courtesy of Crafton Bryant.

Originally founded in Jacksonville in 2001 by the Davoli family, the Metro Diner moved their headquarters to Tampa in 2016.

Though they currently operate 37 locations across 13 states, including one restaurant in St. Petersburg, there is not one in Tampa proper.

That will change in May of 2018.

"We bring a fresh take on diner fare, literally speaking, because we have a scratch kitchen," said Crafton Bryant, director of marketing. "We offer comfort food with a flair. The menu includes classics from childhood with a Metro Diner twist."

Those twists include chicken and waffles topped with a homemade strawberry butter, the Yo Hala on the Square — two slices of challah stuffed with bananas, brown sugar, cream cheese and hazelnut syrup-prepared like French toast — and a meatloaf plate with mashed red-skin potatoes, brown gravy and a baguette.

Select locations serve beer, wine and mimosas to accompany the classics and they plan to include those options for the new South Tampa restaurant.

"It's more innovative fare than you'd find at a typical diner," Bryant said. "Plus, our portions are large and indulgent."

The Metro Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but breakfast is available all day. It is open seven days a week.

They are planning for a 2018 opening at 4001 W Kennedy Blvd.

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Metro Diner moving towards Tampa 08/30/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:50pm]
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