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Westchase cupcake store offers custom-made joy

WESTCHASE — If you like to have your cake and eat it, too, visit Westchase's newest boutique.

Cupcake! opens Monday, with a menu of more than 20 varieties of gourmet, hand-decorated cupcakes baked fresh daily.

The offerings include a Key West Fantasy Fest (tangy coconut lime cupcake with a cheese coconut frosting), All Shook Up (fresh banana cupcake with creamy peanut butter frosting) and That's Amore (cheesecake topped with a crunchy graham cracker crust).

The store will also fill orders for custom-designed cupcakes to capture the theme and decor of any event.

"With everything that is going on in the world and our personal lives, a cupcake gives everyone a moment to feel happy," said co-owner Jeannie Nicholson. "It is your own personal treat that you get to unwrap and eat in your own personal style."

The decor at Cupcake! is reminiscent of a high-end, old-fashioned soda fountain. Cupcakes are displayed in a jewelry-type case, chandeliers hang throughout the store, and there is a children's sitting area.

Single cupcakes are $2.50 to $3, and minis are $27 for three dozen.

Cupcake! is at 12219 W Linebaugh Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with early pickup for corporate accounts beginning at 7:30 a.m. Orders can be placed at www.cupcakecupcakesonline.com or by calling (813) 855-8424.

Beer garden will leave mall for Tampa Palms

Mr. Dunderbak's fans can take heart.

The well-known German-American beer bar and restaurant will continue its 35-year tradition of serving north Tampa cold steins and sizzling sausages even after it closes at University Mall. (The only other tenant to survive there as long is Sears.)

Jim Ellis, the owner of Mr. Dunderbak's for the past decade, decided to move the restaurant to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa Palms because of space and time constraints.

"Friday night, I get a line of people waiting 20 minutes for a seat, and it's cramped and crowded," said Ellis. "That and the fact that I have to open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. just doesn't work for a beer garden."

The new, 4,500-square-foot space at 14929 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. will offer 50 draft and cask beers, as well as more than 400 bottled microbrews and imports. The food menu will be slightly expanded, although all prices will remain the same.

Ellis said he considered several other properties, including one just across the street from the mall. The space he settled on, however, already had a commercial kitchen, which saved him almost $200,000.

Mr. Dunderbak's will close at the mall on Feb. 1, and Ellis hopes to complete the move within two weeks. Hours are tentatively set for 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (813) 977-4104.

Hogan's sandwich shop shuts it doors

A taste of Gainesville that graced Carrollwood for many years is gone.

Hogan's Great Sandwiches first opened 25 years ago in the then-small college town, serving heros, fresh salads and specialties subs. The franchised location on N Dale Mabry Highway that opened almost a decade ago attracted a solid following from USF students.

Although managers at both locations in Gainesville could not provide details on the Tampa closing, a "For Lease" sign has been hanging in the window since mid October, and the phone is disconnected.

Know of a business that's just opened, closed, or relocated? Contact reporter Sheryl Kay at skreporter@hotmail.com or call (813) 230-8788.

Westchase cupcake store offers custom-made joy 11/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 27, 2008 3:30am]
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