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Kobe Steakhouse opens in New Tampa

NEW TAMPA — For those looking for sushi and teriyaki, there's a new restaurant serving up both.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar opened a few months ago, replacing Wasabi Japanese Steak and Sushi.

Kuniko Kidd, an office manager at the corporate office, said the chefs use high-quality ingredients, and employees have a weekly tasting to test and maintain the quality of the food.

The main dining room seats eight people per table. A chef trained to entertain cooks to order at each table, Kidd said. The restaurant offers an early bird special with meals for about $12 from Sunday through Thursday until 6 p.m. A happy hour menu is available until 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. After that, there is a late night dinner special for two for $32 featuring a combination of steak, chicken and shrimp.

Kobe president Chau Nguyen said the restaurant is a popular place for birthdays: Birthday celebrants get a free cupcake and $25 to spend.

"We pride ourselves on having very entertaining chefs, and we serve quality food at a very good price," Nguyen said.

Kobe has 11 locations throughout Central Florida, including a restaurant on N Dale Mabry Highway, in Brandon and in Clearwater. Nguyen said the company expects to bring another location sometime next year near the Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

The New Tampa steakhouse is located at 19601 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., across from Walmart and 3 miles south of the Shops at Wiregrass. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. The bar opens every day at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call toll-free 1-866-543-5623 or visit kobesteakhouse.com.

European Wax Center to open in Carrollwood

European Wax Center's 300 locations throughout the country will soon include another in Tampa Bay.

A location in Carrollwood is set to open Jan. 9, according to the company's website.

Services include waxing for the face and body. New female customers get one free wax of the bikini line, eyebrow or underarm. New male clients can receive one free eyebrow, ear or nose wax. Bikini waxes cost between $28 and $42.

The waxing salons use a wax developed in Paris for use without strips, according to the company's website.

European Wax Center recently opened locations in South Tampa, Clearwater and Largo.

The Carrollwood waxing salon is at 12915 N Dale Mabry Highway in the Mission Bell Plaza. For more information, call (813) 961-4800 or visit waxcenter.com. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reach Ileana Morales at hillsnews@tampabay.com.

Kobe Steakhouse opens in New Tampa 12/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2011 3:30am]

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