Sekushi on the Beach
Chef Viet Vo’s new venture started slinging sushi, plus dumplings and noodles, with limited hours last week. Providing a modern, relaxed setting, the restaurant is in soft-opening mode. 524 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. (727) 474-2453. sekushionthebeach.com.
Shakes that serve as meal replacements and energy teas are on the health-minded menu at Refuel Bar, which celebrated its grand opening March 18. There’s iced coffee with 15 grams of protein, too. 1235 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg.
Joe and Son’s Olive Oils
This family-owned specialty foods haven in South Tampa has introduced a second location, next door to Noble Crust in the Carrollwood area. Joe and Son’s Olive Oils carries more than 50 varieties of premium extra-virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. 11616 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 284-7489. joeandsonsoliveoils.com.
In case you missed it, the popular poke purveyor has relocated around the corner from its original outpost on Main Street. 1289 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin. (727) 871-7653. pokecafedunedin.com.
There’s a small, all-caps “closed” sign on the door of this casual Indian joint in downtown St. Petersburg. A call to Bombay Grill triggered an automated message from Bright House Networks.
Fly Bar & Restaurant
The urban bar scene pioneer won’t feature a rooftop deck when its newly unveiled home relaunches just outside of downtown Tampa. But it will offer patio seating and lunch (the latter is a first for Fly Bar & Restaurant), in addition to eclectic American dishes and craft cocktails. Co-owner Leslie Shirah Culbreath said she aims to open the doors in November. 442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. flybarandrestaurant.com.
Gen X Tavern
Downtown Tampa’s ’80s- and ’90s-themed hangout with food and booze is getting close to opening. The joint has teased more than a few highlights on Facebook, including the return of Dunkaroo Dip, an old-school TV installation fit for VHS tapes and Nintendo and the adult-friendly tropical drink that is Kapree Fun. Oh, and would Gen X Tavern really live up to its name without a KerPlunk-inspired bar? 103 E Jackson St., Tampa. (813) 694-7001. genxtavern.com.