Just in time for the downtown Tampa art and music festival season comes Anise Global Gastrobar, expected to open by the end of the month in the Skypoint condominum on Ashley Drive. Taps Bar & Lounge anchors the opposite corner.
Owners Kevin and Xuan Hurt want "to play with global flavors and recipes," she said, "Especially Korean, Thai and Spanish influences." As menu highlights, Xuan names salads, rice bowls and a variety of steamed buns, such as pork belly and kimchee, or shrimp with a spicy green papaya slaw and ginger aioli. You'll also see the couple's Stinky Bunz food truck, known for steamed buns, at both the Gasparilla Arts and Music festivals next month.
The restaurant interior is being brightened and lightened by Doxa Home designer Jaime Rogers with a chic "Parisian feel." It will seat 80 to 90 diners, including a pet-friendly outdoor patio.
Xuan previously partnered with Bamboozle Café for more than two years, and worked as manager of Ciro's Speakeasy. "I gained a great appreciation for the cocktail culture," she said. "We are going to make innovative and classic cocktails and serve craft beers and boutique wines.
Hours are yet to be determined, but expect lunch and dinner Monday through Friday; brunch, dinner and a late-night bar menu on weekends.
Anise Global Gastrobar is at 777 N Ashley Drive. The website, aniseglobalgastrobar.com, is under construction.
New community market set in Ybor
T is for Tuesday and tasty and Twilight Market, the new, weekly community marketplace offering fresh produce, organic meats, baked treats and hand crafts hosted by the Roosevelt 2.0, an Ybor City arts venue which receives a portion of the sales.
"Come early for first pick," said Tiffany Ferrecchia, who launched the market Jan. 15. It will be held every Tuesday evening. She and Greg Barnhill co-founded Tampa Bay Markets to run open-air fresh markets in Hyde Park, Seminole Heights, Westchase and Wiregrass.
"Twilight Market offers free space to farmers who sell pesticide-free or hydroponic produce," Ferrecchia said. Prepared-food vendors and crafters pay a small fee, like Krap Art Studios, maker of bottle-cap jewelry and repurposed furniture.
About 30 vendors participate, including Geraldson Community Farm, Eco Farm and A Simpler Place in Time. Grass-fed meat comes from My Mother's Garden and Healthy Heritage Beef. Cheeselicious brings buffalo and goat milk cheeses; Eden's Nectar sells local honey; Sweet Harvest Farms makes soaps; Natural Goodness offers sunflower sprouts and organic coconuts.
Next up for Ferrecchia: a community kitchen, to be operated by Urban Coalition of Tampa Bay, which she also founded. "A place for vendors using sustainable, organic methods will be able to cook and sell their products affordably."
Twilight Market, 1812 N 15th St., is open Tuesdays from 5 to 10 p.m.; call (813) 248-1904.
Nursery Experience selling baby items
Pretty crafty, those two, Amy and Juan Camacho, owners of the Nursery Experience in Seminole Heights. The handy duo renovated a cozy bungalow to sell Amy's artwork and baby items handmade by local crafters, including bibs, hair bands and diaper bags. The shop, nearly two years in the works, opened Thanksgiving weekend, across the street from Seminole Heights Elementary School, not far from the couple's home.
Amy specializes in painting "movable murals" for kids' rooms. "Easy to hang, easy to move," she said, easy to adapt to children's changing decors as they grow up. Custom orders are welcomed.
Juan handled the major renovations at the 600-square-foot bungalow, also adding a gazebo and garden fountain in the yard where they've already hosted some baby showers.
Both continue to keep their jobs in restaurant service to fund this labor of love.
Comng soon: arts and crafts classes for all ages.
"My studio, at the store, was the house's kitchen," said Amy. "Customers, especially kids, love to watch me work."
The Nursery Experience, 6202 N Central Ave., is open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m Saturday; and by appointment. Visit thenursery experience.com or call (813) 679-6619.
Javic Homes adds a new showroom
Opening a Henderson Boulevard showroom in the Amore Plaza expands Javic Homes' options to display flooring and fixture samples, cabinetry, indoor and outdoor kitchens and the latest technology.
The new location, says owner Jon Solomon, "makes it easier for customers' selections when they are doing their design work, rather than drive around town to multiple showrooms. That's our focus, innovative design and service."
A bay area custom home builder and renovator since 2001, Solomon named his business Javic Homes by combining the names of his chidren, Jacob and Victoria.
The public is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
Javic Homes is at 4263 Henderson Blvd.; visit JavicHomes.com or (813) 870-2838.
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