BRANDON — A new eatery offers Brandon residents a gustatory tour of America.
Big City Grill Co., which opened Monday, features familiar foods that have a connection to specific cities around the country: New York-style hot dogs, cheese steak subs from Philadelphia, chicken wings from Buffalo, Cuban sandwiches from Miami.
"Our tagline is 'Big city taste in your hometown,' " said owner Michael Kane.
The menu features the classic tastes, but it is tweaked a bit to make them even better, Kane said. The burgers are made from 100 percent Angus beef, and there's fresh fish in the fish tacos.
Still, Big City Grill Co.'s food is affordable. A double burger will run about $5; a Philly cheese steak about $6. The wide variety of large salads is in that same price range.
The restaurant's interior features an urban, almost industrial look. Inside dining is only one of several ways to enjoy Big City Grill Co.'s food.
There's plenty of outdoor seating, which has been a favorite with diners in the first few days of the restaurant's life since the weather has been so gorgeous. Starting next week, Big City Grill Co. will offer take-out and delivery. For the first month, delivery will be free within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant. Farther away, the delivery charge will be $1.50. Kane said he might adjust the delivery policy after he sees how that first month goes.
Big City Grill Co. is at 528 Oakfield Drive, a block south of Brandon Boulevard near Kings Avenue. It's open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday. For information, visit bigcitygrill.com or call (813) 655-4400.
T-shirt business finds a good fit in new location
APOLLO BEACH — The Craig family never set out to get into the T-shirt business. It just kind of happened.
Now, after 10 months of running that business out of a spare bedroom in Diana Craig's Riverview home, the family business has moved into a place of its own. JRC Shirts N More is now at 5928 Fortune Place.
As the name implies, JRC Shirts N More isn't just about T-shirts. The company does silk screening, embroidery and direct-to-garment printing on just about any fabric. Bring them a design, Craig said, and they'll put it on clothing.
"If you can dream it, we can make it," she said.
One customer brought in a 2-inch charm, and the people at JRC created an 8-inch patch for the man's jacket with an image of the charm.
"He was thrilled," Craig said.
The business started when Craig's son needed shirts for his car club. Instead of simply ordering his shirts, he opted to buy direct-to-garment printing equipment to create his own. Later he bought embroidery equipment, and then screen printing equipment that led the company to move to roomier quarters in Apollo Beach.
There's no display area in the new location, but customers are welcome to drop in, or order through the company's website, jrcshirtsnmore.com. The phone number is (813) 419-4918.
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