Make us your home page

Coliseum of Comics expands to Tampa; vegetarian Indian food comes to Town 'N Country

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2011)

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2011)

NEW TAMPA — The Orlando-based comic store giant Coliseum of Comics opened its first Tampa location on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard earlier this month, coinciding with Free Comic Book Day, the Super Bowl of the industry.

Owner Phil Boyle said the response has been overwhelming.

This is the sixth location for the successful chain, which Boyle launched 31 years ago with nothing more than a stack of comic books and a dream.

Boyle now takes pride in touting his stores as "a complete pop culture emporium."

"We are not that dark, cavelike store you see on TV where a girl walks in and everyone turns to look," he said.

"We are a community store that serves a diverse group of people who would never meet outside of their interest in comics."

Games, graphic novels, action figures and T-shirts are just a few of the other items the store carries. There are plans to add gaming nights.

The store represents another first for the company. In an innovative expansion effort, Coliseum is testing a manager-to-owner program that will help promote new manager Amjad Amer, a longtime employee, to part-owner.

"We are looking for a way for our employees to have a vested interest in the success of the store," Boyle said.

Coliseum of Comics is located at 19402 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in New Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit or call (813) 528-8758.

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Longtime caterer Rama Prasad brings his authentic Indian cuisine to Town 'N Country with the opening of DosaHut Sunday. The strictly vegetarian cuisine centers on the dosa, a thin, crispy, crepelike dish popular in the southern regions of India. Dosa can be eaten plain or can be stuffed with a variety of fillings and sauces to make a complete meal.

Though this is Prasad's first restaurant venture, he is no stranger to the food industry. Prasad began his catering career 25 years ago in his homeland of Bangalore, India.

He has been catering in the Tampa area for the past 10 years. Prasad is hopeful that the opening of DosaHut will help to expand his catering operation as well.

"We can cater any event, large or small – from home parties to weddings to corporate events," Prasad said.

DosaHut offers fast-food style service, with ample seating for those wishing to dine in. A lunch buffet is available on weekdays. Breakfast is served on the weekend.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (closed Monday) and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

DosaHut is at 10029 W Hillsborough Ave. in the Colony Crossings Plaza. The grand opening celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and will feature a $1 buffet. For more information, call (813) 886-4555.

Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Email Karen Ring at

Coliseum of Comics expands to Tampa; vegetarian Indian food comes to Town 'N Country 05/15/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2014 5:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena


    The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011, before public pressure was placed on the theme park company to curtail its orca shows.SeaWorld has since announced an end to the traditional killer whale entertainment  at its theme parks. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  2. Rick Scott appoints longtime ally Jimmy Patronis as Florida CFO

    State Roundup
    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches


    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy


    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  5. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.


    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.