SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Seminole Heights will have a new place to linger over coffee, lunch and dinner by midsummer when the Bourgeois Pig opens in a long-vacant Nebraska Avenue bungalow.
Owners Lysa and Michael Bozel offered a taste of what's to come at a recent benefit for another restaurant, Domani Bistro, which was destroyed by fire in February. A citrus gulf shrimp Florida roll with avocado, pickled red onions, baby greens and fresh herbs nestled in rice paper was a hit.
Other menu expectations, said Lysa, include house-roasted pulled pork and warm corn tortillas, cabbage slaw and chipotle salsa, queso fresco, avocado crema and pickled jalapeno. Another sure favorite: roasted vegetables with fresh mozzarella on rustic baguette. A full liquor license is anticipated.
In Bloom Catering is consulting on menu creation and staff training, while Across the Pond general contractor Paul Jackson is responsible for design and construction. "The bohemian-chic decor in purples and cobalt blue," with a "moody, sultry, decadent flair" fits the diversity of Seminole Heights, said Lysa, describing the 50-seat interior and seating for another 50 on the dog-friendly porch.
"Our building permits were finally approved in early March, after many delays with the new Seminole Heights form-based zoning," she said. "The city is learning it as they go. They don't give you a checklist of what needs to be done."
Bourgeois Pig, at 7701 N Nebraska Ave., will be open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight, later on weekends. Call (813) 830-8233.
Roux is simmering on MacDill Avenue
Datz, Dough and Dazzle foodie entrepreneurs Roger and Suzanne Perry are cooking up a New Orleans-style restaurant, Roux, to open in about six weeks on MacDill Avenue in St. Croix Plaza.
"We're working fast," said Suzanne, envisioning a "deep red, rich feeling" interior and the addition of an outdoor rear patio facing an old orange tree. "I can picture lanterns hanging from the branches."
Roger, the New Orleans-phile in the family, and Tampa chef Kim Bailey are developing the recipes for a casual lunch — gumbo, po' boys and muffulettas — and a fancier dinner menu.
"At night, we'll go slower, with good steaks, oysters, great seafood. Beer and wine for now, then really nice craft cocktails when we get a liquor license," Suzanne said. Brunch service will be added later.
Boudin, andouille and other sausages will be made in-house. And up the street at Dough, "we've already started making muffuletta bread and desserts."
Roux, at 4205 S MacDill Ave., will be open six days a week, closed on Mondays. Visit rouxtampa.com for updates.
Learn to 'upcycle' with home designer
Everyone has an old piece of furniture they don't like anymore, says Firoozeh Torab, who goes by Rose, as in the song Secondhand Rose. She offers easy painting methods and refinishing classes at Chic Home, which opened Feb. 1 on S Dale Mabry Highway just north of Neptune Avenue. The store sells antique and vintage furniture and jewelry, chandeliers, lamps and her own "upcycled," shabby chic work.
"Anyone can be an artist in their own house with minimal effort," said Torab, an interior designer with a master's degree in fine arts. "Speciality paints don't need prep, no sanding, just clean your piece and paint."
Options include antique wax, lacquer, metallic foiling, guilding, embossing, copper, bronze and rust patinas, image transfers, a dozen glazes and shabby chic techniques. Classes are usually held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Chic Home, at 1300 S Dale Mabry, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit chichomestore.com or call (813) 254-1428.
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