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Grille One Sixteen sets spring opening; Mediterranean cuisine in Ybor; Freshley's Cafe closed for now

SOUTH TAMPA — Fans of Grille One Sixteen in Carrollwood look forward to the restaurant's second location, opening in the spring of 2012 on Dale Mabry Highway, just north of Kennedy Boulevard.

Co-owners Terence Terenzi and Tom Schelldorf are renovating a former Perkins restaurant across the street from their old stomping grounds, the long-closed Hops Bar & Grill. Schelldorf also helped found Hops where Terenzi was the former chief financial officer.

The original Grille One Sixteen, at 15405 N Dale Mabry Highway, near Ehrlich Road, was designed with 116 seats. Hence the name, Terenzi said.

"This one will be larger, about 216 seats, but will carry the brand forward," he said.

The menu is "American Contemporary," featuring organic, hormone-free steaks and fish caught locally or flown in fresh. Their signature pretzel bread arrives with a spinach artichoke spread. Beer, wine and a full liquor bar are available.

The new Grille One Sixteen will be at 612 N Dale Mabry Highway; visit grilleonesixteen.com for information.

Mediterranean restaurant opens

Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine got its name after hanging the menu in a small boat over the countertop, says Jordan Said, co-owner of the Ybor City restaurant that opened last month in the former location of the Laughing Cat.

That menu features fare such as falafel, $4.99, and gyros and shawarma sandwiches, $5.79. There's also an array of appetizers, $3.99, and salads. Chicken ginger noodle soup is $2.99 or $3.99. All platters are $9.99, including the vegetarian mezze sampler of hummus, falafel, baba ghanouj, feta cheese, kalamata olives and tzatziki sauce.

Row Boat is his family's fifth Mediterranean restaurant, according to Said, who also runs two in San Francisco and two in Las Vegas with his wife, Noura, and brother, Jed Stone.

Dining room hours are evolving, said Said, but for now will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In the next few weeks, a walkup window will open at 9 p.m. for sandwiches, fries and soda. Also coming: belly dancing entertainment on the weekends.

Row Boat is at 1820 N 15th St.; call (813) 248-0001 for more information.

Freshley's food truck closed Nov. 1

Freshley's Cafe, a popular Seminole Heights food truck facing daily zoning violation fines, closed Nov. 1.

"Everything was fine until we put out patio furniture,'' said Jacqueline Bennett. Code enforcement officials said outdoor tables and chairs set up near the parked Airstream trailer created a dining area that required restaurant zoning.

Since early last summer, Bennett, her mother, Karen Mitchell, and daughter Ashley Hoskins prepared breakfast and lunch parked at 5420 N Florida Ave., near Hillsborough Avenue. They quickly gained a following looking for fast but healthy food.

The fine was $200 a day, said Bennett, who plans to pursue the issue after the holidays. Civic and community leaders consider the food truck a neighborhood asset, and have offered to speak to city officials on her behalf.

"We are not a restaurant,'' said Bennett, "but 60 percent of our business wanted a place to sit for 15 or 20 minutes. I couldn't financially afford to limit my business to just carryout.''

Stay tuned.

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Grille One Sixteen sets spring opening; Mediterranean cuisine in Ybor; Freshley's Cafe closed for now 12/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:39am]
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