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Irish 31 opens in Westchase; Urban Swirl frozen yogurt coming

WESTCHASE — The luck of the Irish has arrived in Westchase months before St. Patrick's Day. Irish 31, a Tampa favorite, opened its second location in West Park Village this month.

The restaurant is an upscale version of the classic Irish pub in South Tampa. It's in an anchor spot at 10102 Montague St.

Westchase has taken to the concept.

"We hit the ground running," said John Tatone, director of operations at Irish 31. "From the moment we opened, we've been busy."

The Westchase spot is slightly larger than the South Tampa flagship. There are more than a dozen tables on the patio, which provides diners a view of pedestrian-friendly West Park Village. The restaurant features live music on the patio throughout the week.

The Irish 31 menu mixes Irish favorites including shepherd's pie and fish and chips with classics like burgers and nachos. A gluten-free menu also is available.

A bonus for Westchase Irish 31 goers: "We have more draft beers at this location," Tatone said.

The restaurant plans to introduce more specials in the coming weeks, including its well-known running club and "Tringo," a combination of bingo and trivia.

"We have local comedians that announce it and interact with the crowd," Tatone said. "The energy is good."

Irish 31 is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday. For information, visit irish31.com.

Frozen yogurt also coming

Another option for family time will soon open in Westchase. Urban Swirl, a self-serve frozen yogurt bar, will have its grand opening Saturday at 9658 W Linebaugh Ave.

The frozen yogurt chain, based in Indiana, has four locations, three of which are in Indiana. The stores are known for their self-serve frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings. Frozen yogurt pies and dog-friendly yogurt treats are also among the offerings.

"It's a fun concept," said Tammy Purcell, area manager for Urban Swirl.

The topping bar will have the regulars like chocolate syrup, sprinkles and cherries. But for the more adventurous there are marshmallows and Fruity Pebbles.

The Westchase Urban Swirl takes the place of Pita's Republic, which closed last year. The frozen yogurt shop will host an event for friends and family Saturday and then open to the public around 4 p.m., Purcell said.

Urban Swirl will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Visit urbanswirlfrozenyogurt.com.

Irish 31 opens in Westchase; Urban Swirl frozen yogurt coming 10/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:10pm]

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