Bailey's is on the move.
Kim Bailey, owner, chief cook and bottle washer, will fill the Davis Islands restaurant space recently vacated by Chez Bryce.
"We had to expand,'' he said, describing overflow crowds craving his crab cakes and meatloaf at the current Hyde Park restaurant.
"We used to send them next door to BT to drink and call them when their table was ready."
Starting Nov. 3, dinner will be served Wednesdays through Saturdays at 238 E Davis Blvd. Lunch will come soon after, and eventually, Sunday brunch. Catering will continue to be a big part of the business.
Friends Linda Ward and Rosemary Henderson are enhancing the Mediterranean patio at the site, as they did Bailey's Rome Avenue location 3½ years ago.
Bailey doesn't plan to tinker much with the menu and price structure. "Other than the addition of fresh fish and steak.''
"We'll have some really fun things for lunch, and the bar will be open seven nights a week."
Say 'cheese' at store within a store
Pondscapes has gotten all "cheesy" but owner Michael Jones and his partner Carlos Kanamori take that as a compliment.
Dozens of imported cheeses, plus wine jellies, honey preserves and crackers fill Cheese Please, a petite boutique inside the pond landscaper's shop at 4213 S Manhattan Ave.
Happy hour appetizers have always been Jones' forte, he says. His Camembert moment came while attending a cheese tasting during a recent trip to deliver his late friend's ashes to Paris.
"We don't see anything like it over here,'' says Jones, comparing his selection to that of Fresh Market. Frequent visits to see Kanamori, who is working in Amsterdam, offer more opportunities to bring back unusual cheeses, he said.
Cheese Please is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Call (813) 766-0060.
'Curry in a hurry' at Tun du Ree's new site
Tun du Ree has opened a second location to serve "curry in a hurry,'' as their motto promises. Owner Pat Bhava said the 3409 Bay to Bay Blvd. restaurant, next to Starbucks, will be more convenient for customers from the MacDill Air Force Base area.
In 2007, Bhava started the business in a trailer parked on Interbay Boulevard and later moved to a storefront at 1506 W Kennedy Blvd. to offer quick-service Indian food.
Daily fare features curry dishes, samosas, papadums, wraps and salads, Bhava said, as well as more exotic rotating specials, such as chicken chettinad and lamb vindaloo. Specialty beers and wine are coming to the 40-seat spot soon.
Bhava seeks more contestants for the Triple Tikka Challenge on Oct. 16. The winner must eat three Chicken Tikka Masala entrees, all spiked to CRAZY HOT spice level, in 30 minutes. The prize: a gift card, T-shirt and a picture on the Wall of Flame.
Just an FYI, however. Out of 40 brave attempts in two previous showdowns, Bhava has yet to declare a champion.
Tun du Ree is open daily on Bay to Bay Boulevard; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call (813) 837-1155.
First Watch preparing fifth Tampa location
By late November, First Watch expects to be serving breakfast and lunch at 3712 Henderson Blvd., a few doors down from Fresh Market.
"In time for the fall special — pumpkin pancakes,'' said Chris Tomasso, chief marketing officer. Of course, cranberry nut and carrot cake pancakes are on the menu year-round.
First Watch fans know everything is made fresh to order, says Tomasso, and they know about healthy options such as egg white omelettes, fresh fruit crepes and wraps.
"There are no deep fryers or microwaves," he said.
Complimentary newspapers and free WiFi Internet access are other perks to be expected at the Henderson Boulevard restaurant, the Bradenton-based chain's fifth location in Tampa, one of more than 80 owned and/or franchised in 11 states.
Hours will be 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Amy Scherzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3332.