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  1. Hugo's restaurant in SoHo closing Friday; plans are to reopen under new owners

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — On Friday morning, the management of Hugo's Spanish Restaurant told an assembled group that it was the restaurant's last day of business under the current ownership. One of Tampa's iconic Spanish-Cuban restaurants since 1975, it will close today, undergo a transfer of ownership and reopen "as soon as …

  2. Dining Planner: Hyde Park Village gingerbread house winner crowned and the Eatery debuts

    Food & Dining

    Tis the season: Home decorating

    This week, merchants in Hyde Park Village are creating and displaying some majorly impressive gingerbread houses (tiny homes, but with more icing and zero closet space). A final judging in the cutthroat and gumdropped competition takes place Friday. Guests are …

    This week, merchants in Hyde Park Village are creating and displaying some majorly impressive gingerbread houses.
  3. December restaurant openings in the Tampa Bay area

    Food & Dining

    As we enter December still full of Thanksgiving leftovers, it's hard to think about foods that don't fall under the umbrella of seasonal fare: stuffing and cranberry sauce and any kind of casserole. Let the restaurants opening this month be your buffer for all things festive, as we find a lot of seafood, barbecue and …

    The Independent bar has returned to St. Petersburg in the location of the former the Amsterdam on Central Avenue. The Independent used to have a location in St. Petersburg, but closed several years ago. There is another location in Seminole Heights, where this photo was taken. [LUIS SANTANA | Times] ?
  4. Dining Planner: New 'St. Pete-themed' restaurant; tis the season for wine, chocolate, more

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    'Tis the season: Calorie crush

    We're into the holiday season, big time. You're going to have to work deep this week. First up is Bella Vino's annual Tiny Bubbles and Big Reds event at 5:30 p.m. Friday. They're pulling out all the corks at the Belleair Country Club, with more than 100 wines, from …

  5. Restaurant review: Vuelo Mexican Grill brings fresh Mexican fare to New Tampa, but is it worth the cost?

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    With just a few weeks left in 2016, thoughts naturally turn to making sense of the year we've just enjoyed or endured, depending on perspective. One thing that is clear looking at my list of restaurant reviews: It was a year of celebrating the taco.

    The enchiladas served with beans and rice at Vuelo Mexican Grill.
  6. Dining Planner: Frogman Feast and private dining spaces to book your holiday party

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    Local mediator Ken Bowen has masterminded a charity celebrity chef event on Sunday at the new 10,000-square-foot warehouse behind 3 Daughters Brewing in St. Petersburg. Coming together to raise money for U.S. Navy SEALs and their Gold Star families when they don't make …

    Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg has a central location with sidewalk seating and a view through a park to Tampa Bay.
  7. Iberian Rooster brings Portuguese street food to downtown St. Petersburg starting Friday

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    ST. PETERSBURG — For Russell Andrade, life is like a work of art.

    Macanese pan-seared duck at the new restaurant Iberian Rooster, opening Nov. 18 on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Photo by Carlynn Crosby.
  8. Dining Planner: Coney Island turns 90 and FarmTable hosts Friendsgiving

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    Happy Birthday: Alpha Dog

    Since 1926. That's a long time to be the top dog, but Coney Island Sandwich Shop is a local landmark and the oldest restaurant in St. Petersburg. Its Michigan-style chili dog continues to be the coin of the realm, especially when eaten atop a vinyl stool at the counter …

    Coney Island Grill employee Robert Kenney prepare hot dogs for customers.
  9. Review: Santa Fe Mexican Grill a growing empire of heaping Tex-Mex

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    It's a homecoming of sorts for Estanislao "Lao" Roman. He and his family lived in Clearwater 25 years ago but have spent the last 18 years running the Santa Fe Mexican Grill in Greenwood, S.C. In January, he left his son David and daughter-in-law Sandra in charge of things up north while he opened a second …

    Santa Fe Mexican Grill opened in Largo at the site of the defunct Lulu’s Pizza Buffet. A second Pinellas County location will open shortly in Pinellas Park.
  10. Dining Planner: Mega Challah Bake and Food Network stars heat up the week

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    Holla: It's challah!

    Think 600 pounds of flour, 400 eggs and 1 million sesame seeds. Plus mixing bowls, spoons, aprons and a whole lot of pairs of hands. It's the second annual Mega Challah Bake in St. Petersburg Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Club at Treasure Island. With the singular goal of making …

    600 pounds of flour. 400 eggs. 1,000,000 sesame seeds. Mixing bowls, spoons and aprons. The Mega Challah Bake returns to St. Petersburg this weekend
  11. Tampa Coffee Club subscription service aims to get local roasters' creations into more mugs

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    It was an epiphany. One triggered by an intense pour-over of Ethiopian sidamo, with its deep winey-chocolatiness and citrusy bright acidity. I sat with Leon and Roseanne McIntosh on bar stools in the front window of the thronged South Tampa Buddy Brew and talked about their year-old venture, Tampa Coffee …

    Leon, left; Bill; Roseanne; and Mariann McIntosh pack orders for their monthly coffee subscription called the Tampa Bay Coffee Club.
  12. Ford's Garage restaurant to replace Rowdies Den in downtown St. Petersburg

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    Ford's Garage is expanding into downtown St. Petersburg.

    A new Ford’s Garage location will replace Rowdies Den, but the restaurant’s president, Marc Brown, has assured Rowdies owner Bill Edwards that it will remain the official gathering spot for Rowdies fans. The location is near Al Lang Stadium, where the soccer team plays its home games.
  13. Review: At Portillo's, dogs are Chicago and the curse is lifted

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    On Thursday, both Tampa Bay Portillo's locations were thronged with Zobrist jerseys and other Cubs-obilia with a side order of non sequitur Blackhawks garb. The 71-year Curse of the Billy Goat had been broken, the Chicago Cubs had won the World Series, and restaurant general manager Jeremy Sasso was so …

    The Chicago-style dog is topped with chopped onions, tomatoes, a kosher pickle and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun.
  14. Dining Planner: This weekend is all about beer and seafood

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    Dynamic Duo: Sea and suds

    This week is about two things, so pay attention: Beer. And. Seafood.


    Patricia de Jesus, Christina Matsuo and Hope Pedrerotalk while sampling rose at the St. Pete Wine & Food Festival in 2015.
  15. Food for thought: Deputy mayor launches next Healthy St. Pete dine-around

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    Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin wants to take you to dinner.

    Brick & Mortar a great place for an appetizers.