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Chopstix opens; Carrollwood Jamba Juice closes

Have a craving for rice noodle rolls and dumplings?

Chopstix, a Cantonese-style restaurant, just opened in the La Place Shopping Center at 1441 E Fletcher Ave. It replaces Golden Dynasty, whose owners retired, according to restaurant manager Michelle Du.

Chopstix offers a full menu, including small appetizers known as dim sum.

All management, including the chef, is new, as is the menu.

Freshly decorated in warm yellow, the ambience is authentic, with Chinese music playing in the background.

The restaurant's offerings include walnut shrimp and rice ($13.95), traditional Peking duck ($15.95) and of course, the dim sum dishes ($2.95-$3.25).

"Our customers especially love the dim sum," said Du. "You know how some people are in a rush or only eating a light meal, and dim sum is perfect for them."

The lunch special, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes soup, egg roll, fried rice and a main dish of chicken, beef or seafood ($4.95-$6.95).

Because of its proximity to the University of South Florida, students with a valid ID get a 10 percent discount.

Chopstix is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to midnight, offering in-store dining, takeout and delivery.

For more information, call 632-3293.

Carrollwood chocolate shop never reopened

After making a sweet splash in the area, Peterbrooke Chocolates — best known for its chocolate-covered popcorn — is no more.

The Carrollwood store, opened in June 2007 by Jim and Gretchen Vautier of East Lake, now stands quiet with products still lining some of the shelves and a sign telling patrons the business would be closed for one week in September 2008.

The Vautiers bought the exclusive rights to open Peterbrooke franchises in the bay area and opened three, including locations in East Lake and Largo.

All three phone numbers are now disconnected, and calls to the Vautiers and Peterbrooke corporate headquarters in Jacksonville were not returned.

Jamba Juice on Dale Mabry has closed

Real estate continues to be fluid on Dale Mabry Highway, this time with Jamba Juice closing its Carrollwood location just a few weeks ago.

Located at 12813 North Dale Mabry Highway, the store was popular with customers seeking smoothies made with organic granola and yogurt fruit blends.

It was one of the few places where fresh wheat grass was available, a product often cited for possibly improving the digestive system and detoxification. According to company spokeswoman Alecia Pulman, the store simply got caught up in the country's belt tightening.

"On the earnings call in November, we announced plans to close a total of 31 underperforming store locations," she said. "Through the third quarter, we closed nine of those underperforming stores and continue to work through closing the remaining 22."

There is still one Jamba Juice in Tampa located at 5004 E Fowler Ave., and there are no plans to close that store.

Know of a business that's just opened, closed or relocated? Contact Sheryl Kay at skreporter@hotmail.com or call (813) 230-8788.

Chopstix opens; Carrollwood Jamba Juice closes 01/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:30am]
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