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Careme's opens in Lutz; Arigato Japanese Steak House bounces back

LUTZ — Careme's is a little bit of a market and a little bit of a restaurant under one roof.

While it has seating and serves meals, Careme's main service is to sell restaurant-quality meals that busy people can take and eat at home, said co-owner Bill Wiener. The store opened in early October at Lake Chapman Plaza on 16319 N Florida Ave. and has been a hit with Wiener's fellow "foodies" ever since.

"We have everything from smoked prime rib to chicken Parmesan to Spanish black bean to ropa vieja," Wiener said.

And for a more casual dining experience, Careme's also serves sandwiches, to dine in or take out.

"The two sandwiches we sell the most are the traditional Cuban and the Italian hoagie, where the bread is hard on the outside and soft on the inside," Wiener said.

Wierner is a New Jersey native who has been a foodie all his life. After college, he attended Johnson & Wales, one of the leading culinary schools, and has fond memories of the small Italian markets where his family would shop for food when he was younger.

Even the name, Careme's, reflects Wiener's love of cooking. Careme was the name of a popular 18th century French chef known for inventing the iconic chef's hat.

"If the Food Network was around in the 1700s, Careme would be the Emeril of his time," Wiener said.

Careme's is open 11 a.m to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For details, call (813) 443-5753 or visit

Arigato Japanese Steak House to reopen

CARROLLWOOD — Three years after a fire forced it to close, Arigato Japanese Steak House is set to reopen in a new location.

The new site, at 14330 N Dale Mabry Highway, will open in early January, said Arigato vice president of marketing Danielle Del Bello.

Del Bello said the December 2006 fire was hard on the owners, employees and loyal customers. Those customers had to go a little farther to satisfy their cravings for Sukiyaki steak, chicken Arigato or Teppanyaki vegetables, all cooked right in front of them.

"It was sad," she said. "We had a lot of customers call us and ask for directions to other locations in Clearwater and St. Petersburg."

Del Bello said the new location will be larger than the original Carrollwood one. At 7,000 square feet, the newer restaurant will be 2,000 square feet larger, with 23 cooking tables, nine more than at the original site.

Based on the appeal of the original restaurant, Del Bello said she expects they will need those additional tables, as well as the larger bar.

"We were so tight in there," said Del Bello, recalling the original Carrollwood restaurant. "On Fridays and Saturdays, if you didn't have a reservation, you had to wait a long time to get in."

Arigato will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Early bird specials run for the first hour the restaurant is open. For details, visit

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