SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Domani means tomorrow in Italian, reminding Bernardo D'Agostino that every day is precious. His late brother, Sal, was to be part of Domani's Bistro when he opened Aug. 17 in Seminole Heights. Tragically, Sal was killed two years ago during a robbery at his antiques store.
Bernardo's name might sound familiar, as the current owner of SoHo Tavern on Platt Street, and previously of Foccacia Mia on Azeele Street, Lorenzo's in North Tampa and Agostino's in Feather Sound.
This venture on N Florida Avenue, north of Hanna Street, showcases chef Aleksandar Knezevic's Italian-nouveau cuisine featuring homemade ravioli. And, of course, Bernardo's foccacia bread sandwiches.
"Bernardo brought the recipe with him and we make it fresh daily," said Sierra Henry, who runs the front of the house.
A variety of desserts are also made on site. Henry recommends the white wine Asian poached pear.
Brian Bosco and Darin Miller are partners in the 75-seat bistro and vibrant lounge, which offers a full liquor bar and beer selection. By the bottle, wine tops out at $35, said Henry.
Drafts and house wines are half-off during Happy Hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Domani's Bistro and Lounge, 6419 N. Florida Ave., is open 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Find Domani's Bistro on Facebook or call (813) 644-5995.
Everything's unique at Bonnie boutique
An ever-changing selection of handbags and an eclectic mix of jewelry, shoes and clothing will keep customers constantly checking to see what's new at Bonnie Bonet, says owner Bonnie Berry.
"The boutique is very girlish, very affordable and high quality. The price points are around $100 and up," said Berry, citing one of her favorite designers, Elaine Turner, as one example of what shoppers will find. She opened the boutique on south Dale Mabry, just south of Neptune Street, on July 21.
"I only carry one or two pieces of each style," Berry emphasized. "You're not going to bump into anyone else with the same purse or accessories."
Berry left Miami a year ago, seeking a better business climate in Tampa. "There's just a lot more opportunity here," she said.
Bonnie Bonet, 1543 S Dale Mabry Highway, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit facebook.com/bonnie bonet or call (813) 252-3964.
Country saloon opens in Hyde Park
Hyde Park's first country bar, SoHo Saloon, swung open its doors Aug. 18, bringing live Southern rock to Howard Avenue from Thursday through Saturday. Owner Mike Disser, who also owns Wings Gone Wild and a Moe's Southwest Grill franchise, took over the site of the former Mediterranean cafe Oasis.
Saloon patrons will find 10 beers on tap, 11 televisions, two dartboards and a pool table.
Weekday Happy Hour specials — "cheap, cold beer," says Disser — run 3 to 7 p.m. Pets are welcome on the patio and valet parking is available.
SoHo Saloon, 410 S Howard Ave., is open 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Visit sohosaloon.com or call (813) 251-3800.
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