DOWNTOWN TAMPA — The aroma of barbecued ribs and smoked brisket will soon permeate the southern edge of Franklin Street, when Holy Hog Barbecue opens in downtown Tampa opposite City Hall.
"Just awaiting the mayor's blessing for a true Southern barbecue joint," said owner Danny Hernandez, who pictures diners picnicking in Lykes Gaslight Park. "City Council has approved it, now he just needs to sign off."
Plans have been in the works for months to open his fourth location, Hernandez said. His third site opened in the Tampa Bay Times Forum at the start of hockey season. The others are in West Tampa and Palma Ceia.
That said, the wait for Texas-smoked brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, sausages, Brunswick stew and all the traditional side dishes will be another four or five months. The 1,500-square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and open-air dining, takeout and catering. Expect an array of craft beers, wine and sangria.
Holy Hog plans to settle at 302 E Kennedy Blvd. Visit holyhogbbq.com for updates.
Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza flips for Ybor
A visit to an Ybor City bakery-turned-museum reminded Joe, Marco and Lenny Cristino of the brick oven they designed and had built for Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza.
Ybor's Old World charm influenced their second restaurant, which opened Dec. 14 on Eighth Avenue near 17th Avenue. Born in Mola di Bari, Italy, the brothers grew up in Brooklyn and visited this area for 25 years before moving here and opening Cristino's in Clearwater eight years ago.
Now they've expanded to a bar they renovated, and added a new kitchen, dining room and improved patio where they will feature pizza, homemade pasta and Italian entrees.
Pasta e fagioli and lentil soup are specialities, Lenny Cristino said. Panzerotti (calzone), hot and cold paninis, and chicken and eggplant Parmesan dishes round out the menu.
Homemade gelato flavors change daily, all made in-house from Italian products, including bacio, (chocolate hazelnut), cappuccino, coconut, stracciatella (vanilla with dark chocolate), and almond.
Beer, wine and liquor are available.
Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza, 1701 E Eighth Ave., is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 248-2056 or visit cristinospizzeria.com.
Shear Art's second, smaller salon opens
After 27 years in Carrollwood, Shear Art Salon hair services became more convenient for South Tampa and Pinellas County clients with the Dec. 12 opening of a S MacDill Avenue salon near Euclid Avenue.
More than a dozen stylists offer keratin, color and straightening treatments in the 1,600-square-foot shop owned by Joanne Powers. An innovative color bar and processing area shows customers the importance of training and technology. Spa services, manicures and skin care are available in Carrollwood only. Powers is also co-owner of Salon Professional Academy Tampa.
Shear Art Salon South, 4004 S MacDill Ave., is open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are coming soon.
Visit shearart.com or call (813) 968-4836.
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