WEST SHORE — Fans of restaurant chain Seasons 52 have been eagerly awaiting the debut of its fresh, grill-fired and healthy fare at its new location near WestShore Plaza.
Well, the date has been set. Seasons 52 will open Feb. 15 in its new building at 204 N West Shore Blvd., in the spot once occupied by Steak and Ale.
It's the ninth Seasons 52 and the first of four new locations the company plans to open this year. Owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants — which also owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster, the Capital Grille and others — the first location opened in Orlando in 2003, with a focus on healthy dining paired with wine and live music.
The Tampa location's managing partner, David Valentine, touts the location's "warm and welcoming atmosphere," seasonally inspired menu items and its "mini indulgences" available for dessert.
The restaurant's online menu says every item is fewer than 475 calories. Entrees include year-round standards like cedar-plank Atlantic salmon, caramelized sea scallops, garlic chicken flatbread and roasted crab-stuffed shrimp. The specials menu is designed to take advantage of seasonal produce and may include items like chicken tortilla soup, New Zealand venison chop and blackened mahi-mahi.
The wine list, developed by master sommelier George Miliotes, includes 100 wines, 60 by the glass.
Seasons 52 will be open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant accepts reservations and offers complimentary valet parking. For more information, call (813) 286-1152 or visit the Web site at seasons52.com.
Mermaid's Slipper is now Wear Me Out
Sharon Rose has owned the eclectic and artistic boutique Mermaid's Slipper for more than a decade. When it came time to move it to Centro Ybor, she decided it was also a good idea to tweak the concept.
Mermaid's Slipper became Wear Me Out and reopened last week in a 700-square-foot location at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 16th Street, a few blocks down from her most recent location.
The move coincided with a Centro Ybor grand opening event that celebrated the recent openings of Hamburger Mary's, the Tribeca ColorSalon and a Joffrey's Coffee and Tea.
Mermaid's Slipper originally opened on Davis Islands.
"I got tired of people coming in and looking for shoes," Rose said with a laugh. "Second of all, I think the mermaid has grown up and become a little more urban."
Wear Me Out has colorful clothing, jewelry, accessories, paintings, sculpture and glass. About 70 percent of the items are designed by Rose herself, a handbag and jewelry designer and artist who has sold accessories in boutiques around the world.
"It's a real mixture of various artists and people," Rose said. "My goal is to constantly have new things all the time. We'll have artists doing demonstrations and making special appearances. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
Rose said she is experimenting with a transfer press that will allow her to transfer her drawings and photographs, many of which are for sale, to fabric for handbags and clothing.
She said she has made an effort to keep prices reasonable. There are bracelets available for $7 to $15, for example, and purses ranging from $29 to $89.
"Wouldn't it be boring to be a store where everybody came in and couldn't afford anything?" she said.
Hours at Wear Me Out are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday.
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