Thursday, May 24, 2018
Business

Three restaurants open, one in evicted BB&T space

DOWNTOWN TAMPA — Downtown diners have waited nearly six years for a restaurant to reopen on the ground floor of the BB&T Bank at Ashley Drive and Madison Street.

By late July, they'll find Nature's Table serving "healthy fast food" in 1,200 of the 5,000 square feet occupied by Lucky Dill until its September 2008 eviction.

It will be the fifth Nature's Table location for franchisees John and Cindy Olejnik, working with their children, executive chef Jonathan and general manager Heather.

Breakfast bagels, bowls and wraps will be offered until 10:30 a.m. Wraps, sandwiches, salads, and veggie and fruit smoothies comprise the core menu, plus daily specials and soups. Customers can sign up for menu updates via email.

"Our West Shore Boulevard location was the first to introduce a lighter menu: pulled turkey, turkey sausage, turkey bacon, baby kale and spinach, brown rice and quinoa," said John Olejnik, anticipating similar items in downtown Tampa.

Catering is always available, he said. "It's a very small location, but we will be able to handle any volume."

Nature's Table, 400 N Tampa St., will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays during special events.

Ravioli Company opens second location

The Ravioli Company, known for freshly made pasta, sauces and creative fillings (cinnamon chile-rubbed bison ravioli, anyone? Or purple yam, leek and truffle ravioli?), has opened a second storefront on S MacDill Avenue in the Bayshore Plaza.

"This is the most efficient kitchen I've ever seen," Lauren Otis said, calling the new location "a model to grow on." She and husband Dwight Otis will keep the original Manhattan Avenue store as home base for gourmet carryout.

Two items quickly became "crazy popular" since the February opening, Lauren said. Artisan macaroni and cheese, such as ropa vieja with beef cheeks or tenderloin, and grilled foccacia pizza, hot from the oven or ready to take and bake at home.

There are also grab-and-go salads, fully or partly baked breads, cookies and cannoli.

Later this summer, the couple will begin building a pasta production kitchen and hydroponic garden to grow their herbs and greens on S Howard Avenue opposite the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.

The Ravioli Company, 3215 S MacDill Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit raviolicompany.com or call (813) 515-5805.

Anise expands into adjoining burger joint

Just 15 months after opening Anise Global Gastrobar at the foot of Skypoint condominiums, co-owners Xuan and Kevin Hurt have expanded into the adjoining space vacated by Five Guys in February.

"This will more than triple the size of our kitchen," Kevin said. More space means new menu items, none of which he is ready to reveal just yet. He will, however, happily discuss the addition of new covered outdoor seating.

In the meantime, the Hurts welcome soccer fans and newbies to watch the World Cup on a 200-inch high-definition screen while enjoying craft cocktails and Korean-Asian fusion cuisine, especially the popular Stinky Bunz, pork belly buns with kimchee or pillowy buns filled with beer-battered shrimp and green papaya slaw.

The kitchen will be fully functioning during the renovation, from 11 a.m. to midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Anise Gastro Bar is at 777 N Ashley Drive. Visit anise globalgastrobar.com for updates.

Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Email [email protected]

Comments
Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA ó Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didnít start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

RIVERVIEW ó Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a new location in Riverview, the chain announced Thursday. The new store will be located at Summerfield Crossing Shopping Center, though Sprouts did not have a specific opening date.The announcement comes...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

APOLLO BEACH ó Tampa Electric Co. is taking a big step away from coal. The Tampa-based utility is spending $853 million to convert its coal-fired Unit 1 at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retire coal-fired Unit 2 in 2021.Five workers di...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Itís where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.Itís where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the programís biggest road games.Itís where folks showed up in...
Updated: 5 hours ago
An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

A family in Portland, Oregon, received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago."Unplug your Alexa devices right now," a voice on the other line said. "Youíre being hacked."Apparently, one of Amazon.comís Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had s...
Updated: 5 hours ago
As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

Home sale prices continued to rise both nationally and statewide in April as a prolonged dearth of available homes on the market is making it tough on buyers. A total of 24,804 single-family homes changed hands across Florida last month, up 4.1 perce...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

No matter your politics, the proposed 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a lousy idea.Itís regressive, burdening the poor and working class more than the rich.Federal interference with state transportation projects can raise costs, layer on regul...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Rashay Hudson operates a tutoring business in Wesley Chapel, and NaDorian Hudson has played basketball his entire life, including in college and the ABA. Now, the husband and wife duo are combining their areas of expertise with a new program for kids...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Bar builder finds solid success in Tampa

Bar builder finds solid success in Tampa

TAMPA ó Ever since he was a little boy, Chris Davenport loved to build things with Legos and erector sets. As he grew older, he spent time working with his dad, a carpenter, and then took welding classes in high school. While in college studying engi...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Metro Diner brings fare to South Tampa

Metro Diner brings fare to South Tampa

Metro Diner, having already established several locations across Florida, including St. Petersburg, now brings its large portion-sized comfort food options across the bay.The local diner is slated to open Tuesday (May 29) at 4011 W Kennedy Blvd and w...
Updated: 10 hours ago