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Pastry chef adds crepes to 2T Fruittie's menu

PALMA CEIA — As the name implies, the new 2T Fruittie is a spot for those in search of a sweet treat, from ice cream to milk shakes to smoothies.

But the tiny restaurant and ice creamery in the plaza at 3409 W Bay to Bay Blvd. also offers something you don't often see on a to-go menu: crepes.

It was both a business and personal decision, owner Tayseer Aisheh said.

He wanted to have something to offer customers early in the day, besides the typical muffins and doughnuts. And he happened to know the right person to pull it together.

"My son is a pastry chef," Aisheh said. "It's an opportunity for him."

Ahmad Aisheh has been whipping up crepes, both sweet and savory, since 2T Fruittie opened this month. Some are fruit-filled and can be eaten for dessert or a sweet breakfast. Others are made with vegetables, falafel or smoked salmon and might work better for lunch.

Tayseer Aisheh said 2T Fruittie uses all-natural ingredients. Natural flavorings are used in the ice cream, smoothies are "100 percent crushed fruit," juices are freshly prepared from oranges, celery and carrots.

"It's all about natural, healthy treats and healthy foods," he said.

Aisheh, who also owns a coffee shop in North Tampa and is an engineer by day, has renovated the former Monstah Lobstah space to something considerably more modern and colorful. The space has seating inside and out, as well as a small bar.

Hours at 2T Fruittie are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. Why so many hours?

"My son is very excited," Aisheh said.

Renovation provides BetterFit a better look

Tim Martin was used to his appointment-only personal training business existing somewhat under the radar. Cars would fly by the building at 2605 S MacDill Ave. with drivers barely noticing the sign for BetterFit Gym.

But then came a new owner for the building, a three-month renovation, a new facade and sign.

"Now we're getting people come in with their gym bags and saying, 'Can I work out here?' " Martin said with a laugh.

The gym's interior has been refreshed too, but one thing hasn't changed: BetterFit is still personal training by appointment. Available hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Insurance agent Marc Ostroff bought the building and is using the remaining space for his Allstate business. Ostroff moved from 1904 S MacDill Ave.

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Pastry chef adds crepes to 2T Fruittie's menu 03/18/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 5:01pm]
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