PALMA CEIA — When KELP Sushi Joint opens early next month, owner Wesley Chiu will roll out nine appetizers and 24 sushi rolls.
"It's fast, casual sushi, ordered at the counter for dining in or taking out," said Chiu, 30, who has remodeled a former frozen yogurt spot in Bay to Bay Plaza, behind Starbucks. Long range, he hopes there will be multiple KELP locations.
"The kitchen is wide open, to watch the assembly line. Roll, cut, box," he said.
Menu options range from $5 to $14. Chiu's favorite is his own vegetarian recipe: Red Forest Roll, a mix of roasted red peppers, kimchee, spinach and sesame seeds.
Decorator Lisa Gilmore chose soft grays and sharp blacks for the restaurant with indoor and patio seating.
Chiu often helped out at his parents' Town 'N Country restaurant, Origami, where KELP's chefs are being trained now.
"I'm completely on my own in this one, from the ground up," Chiu said.
KELP Sushi Joint, 3401 W Bay to Bay Blvd., will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Visit kelpsushi.com or call (813) 831-2222.
Ybor's Black & Denim made in the U.S.A.
Ryan Gosling wears Black & Denim men's clothing.
Maybe Ben Affleck will, too. Maybe the Oscar winner will pick up a Black & Denim hat on a scouting visit to Ybor City, where the menswear wholesaler will open its first retail outlet Aug. 29 inside Blues Ship Cafe.
"For the grand opening, we're releasing an Ybor hat, black with red lettering, for $29.99," said co-owner Roberto Torres.
The trendy line of solid and graphic T-shirts, jeans, military-style gear and accessories is designed and manufactured in America. Disney, SteinMart and some 70 boutiques sell the designs nationwide.
Black & Denim, 1910 E Seventh Ave., will be open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit blackanddenim.com or call (813) 333-6905.
Water taxi coasts to Harbour Island
As work progresses on the city's continuous Riverwalk, Tampa Water Taxi has floated over to Harbour Island, landing at a new pickup point behind the Westin Hotel.
"Let's get it done," said Capt. Larry Salkin, adding he knew he'd be tossed from his perch behind the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk on Ashley Drive "sooner or later."
The mobile business picks up and drops off passengers all along the waterfront, including private homes on Davis and Harbour islands, the Tampa Convention Center, the Tampa Bay History Center and the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. "Wherever we can pull up and safely board people."
Salkin's harbor tours and private cruises, often passing by Derek Jeter's mansion, cater to family outings, Girls Night Out, Red Hat Society gatherings and private parties.
Taxi prices start at $5 per person; waterfront tours are $10 and up. Call Tampa Water Taxi at 1-888-665-8687 or visit watertaxitampa.com.
Primrose School opens near downtown
Primrose School of South Tampa opened Monday in a W Kennedy Boulevard location convenient to downtown workers.
An academic curriculum is offered to children ages 6 weeks through preschool, as well as kindergarteners through fifth-grade after school. Subjects includes American Sign Language, reading, math, science and social studies, along with art, nutrition and physical fitness programs. Puppets help teach vocabulary words, music appreciation, weather and more.
Primrose School of South Tampa, 1700 W Kennedy Blvd., is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit primrosesouthtampa.com or call (813) 876-1000.
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