CLEARWATER — It's not the Pepper Mill anymore.
Owner Mark Marone has transformed the 20-year-old restaurant into the Belleair Grill and Wine Bar. The new look features interior and exterior improvements, a new menu with a few of the old favorites and a wine bar. Still to come is a deck for outdoor dining.
Customers can order a light, casual meal at the bar or a four-course feast with wine by the glass or bottle.
Jackie Ferraro of Interior Design Concepts in Largo was the guiding hand for the interior and exterior makeovers of the building at 1575 S Fort Harrison Ave., and Bloomers of Pinellas Park provided new landscaping.
Pollo Tropical opens Tampa Road location
Pollo Tropical has opened at 3134 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. The restaurant, the chain's second location in Pinellas County, specializes in marinated chicken grilled over an open fire and authentic Caribbean dishes.
Pollo Tropical opened in 1998 in Miami and in 1998 became part of the Carrols Restaurant Group that also owns, operates and franchises under the Burger King and Taco Cabana brands.
Pollo Tropical has more than 80 restaurants in Florida and New Jersey and franchises in Puerto Rico and Ecuador.
Business seminars, classes, assistance
• Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200, in the Icot Business Center near Largo. Programs are free and meet from noon to 2 p.m. To speak with a business counselor or register for classes and seminars, call (727) 453-7200.
• How to Start a Business meets every Wednesday. The introductory workshop offers information on how to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans, how to obtain licenses and permits to be a legal business in Pinellas County and more.
• Understanding Accounting and Tax Procedures meets the second Thursday of each month. The seminar is designed to help small-business owners understand proper record keeping and accounting methods to satisfy federal and state requirements for taxes and payrolls.
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