HYDE PARK — Steve Finelli says his new restaurant Stacked Burgers is a place for people who like their burgers stacked and, ahem, their waitresses, too.
"I wouldn't say we're in your face like Hooters, but we certainly cater to accentuating the beauty of woman,'' said Finelli, one of three friends behind the business in the former Tijuana Flats on Platt Street. "The girls wear cute black tank tops and jeans shorts with black sneakers."
The concept is fun, but food comes first, avows Finelli. Stacked Burgers is the first location in a small, regional franchise company he is building with partners Sonny Hendricks and Kim Kelley. All three worked for Bennigan's and Steak & Ale during their 25-year friendship.
High quality steak burgers on artisan flour-dusted buns are priced between $4.99 and $9.99, all include at least one side dish, such as sweet potato or zucchini fries, slaw or potato salad.
"The patties are a quarter-ounce and you can stack them as high as you like,'' said Finelli. The $14.99 Double D burger, a stack of four patties, is free if you scarf it down with a pile of french fries in two minutes.
Turkey burgers cost $7.99; ahi tuna burgers are $12.99. Salads can be topped with crumbled burger, tuna or chicken.
"We're all ex-jocks so sports are a big deal to us,'' adds Finelli. "On Sundays, eight flat television screens will broadcast the NFL ticket."
Beer, wine and a full liquor bar are available, with daily drink specials.
Stacked Burgers, 1617 W Platt St., opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes Sunday through Wednesday at midnight; Thursday through Saturday at 3 a.m. Visit stackedburgers.net or call (813) 868-3388.
Why Not Boutique moves to Bay to Bay
The lease was up, and the "green" business plan needed some tweaking anyway.
Why not move, thought Jennifer Dutkowsky, owner of Why Not Boutique?
"I was able to purchase a building on Bay to Bay Boulevard at a great price,'' she said, "just west of Starbucks and Pappa's."
The trendy shop still offers chic, affordable women's clothing and jewelry, "with more of an emphasis on gifts coming for the holiday season,'' she says. Dutkowsky is hoping to soon be the exclusive seller of Indigo Bee bath and body products.
Why Not Boutique, 3423 W Bay to Bay Blvd., is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit whynotboutique.com or call (813) 374-2394 for updated hours when school starts.
Harbour Island shop intends to be the buzz
Coffee shop by day, neighborhood hangout by night —that's Amy Cadicamo's plan for the Buzz, which she is getting ready to open sometime next week on Harbour Island, across from Cafe Dufrain.
Cadicamo, 30, with fiance filmmaker Paul Guzzo, 35, originally envisioned a night spot, but with three kids under age 5, decided a casual coffee house was more conducive to family life. The menu, now Buddy Brew coffee, bagels, danish and Hershey's ice cream, will expand in the months to come.
"Parents can linger over coffee and meet up with play groups," says Guzzo, noting that Cadicamo missed such a place as a single mother.
At night, there's beer and wine for folks looking to "chill and get out of the house for an hour, or grab a beer after the gym or a movie."
Local artists, starting with Rob Tisler, have been invited to show and sell their work. "We won't keep a penny of commission,'' said Guzzo. The couple also expect to screen films, host open mike nights and offer Wii games.
The Buzz, 710 Harbour Post Drive, will open daily at 8 a.m. It will close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 1 a.m. on weekends. Visit CatchTheBuzzTampa.com or call (813) 810-7760.
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