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  1. Florida's crop of new craft distilleries stands ready to sell more liquor

    Bars & Spirits

    Feeling thirsty? It's looking as if Florida drinkers may have something to celebrate when a measure moving through the Legislature loosens purchase restrictions at craft breweries.

    St. Petersburg Distillery’s director of product development Daniel Undhammar, second from right, talks about the copper pot stills hand-crafted in the 1930s as he gives a distillery tour Thursday.
  2. In its 30 years, Beef 'O' Brady's evolves into a defining Tampa Bay franchise

    Retail

    BRANDON — It was almost called Potatoes O'Brien. The "neighborhood hangout" chain didn't serve wings. Or have TVs. Or pour liquor. It was a tiny unassuming Irish pub — named partly after the owner's mother — at the end of a mundane strip mall. It served steaks, at least until a thief burgled the meat. …

    Since its founding 30 years ago, Beef O'Brady's has been a defining franchise for Tampa Bay. It now has more than 200 locations, including two overseas. OCTAVIO JONES, Times
  3. WestShore Plaza adds boutique, Apollo Beach pizzeria celebrates 25 years, Westchase salon expands services

    Retail

    Apricot Lane, WestShore Plaza's newest boutique for women's fashion, promises to deliver brands unique to the area.

    San Remo Pizzeria in Apollo Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary. General Manager Peter Esposito, right, stands with his mother, Rosa, and his brother-in-law, John Boyd.
  4. New offerings in St. Petersburg: gourmet food to grilled cheese, Boho chic to high-end bongs

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen new businesses are open, or in the works, along four blocks of Central Avenue on the edge of downtown.

    A new business, Central Melt, will occupy the old Fountain and Restaurant space at 685 Central Ave. The restaurant will sell several kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  5. Iconic Goody Goody restaurant to reopen in Hyde Park Village

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — After months of speculation, the location of the soon-to-be-resurrected Goody Goody — the iconic restaurant known for its pies and bags of hamburgers "POX" with pickles, onions and the fabled secret sauce — has been announced.

    Richard Gonzmart in the driver seat of the Goody Goody truck.
  6. Fresh Chef delivers for those without time, inclination to cook

    Business

    SPRING HILL — Culinary school graduate Amelia Harper wants to be your personal chef — from the sidelines — making high-end meals remarkably affordable.

    Amelia Harper, owner of the Fresh Chef, prepares a meal that she will later deliver to a customer. “I provide everything. All they do is heat it up. They can complete dinner in 15 minutes.”
  7. Review: Haven, in SideBern's old spot, sets high bar from the start

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    David Laxer reached way back when naming Haven, alluding to his parents' long-ago Beer Haven in what is now the Bordeaux Room of Bern's Steak House. This homage to Gert and Bern Laxer makes one wonder what the family patriarch would think of this newcomer, which opened in March at the site of SideBern's. …

    Haven opened at 2208 W Morrison Ave. in Tampa in March. It’s less old-school fancy than Bern’s Steak House and less pricey than SideBern’s was.
  8. Tampa's Haven debuts bay area's most ambitious cheese program

    Food & Dining

    Cheese and charcuterie plates have cropped up all over the Tampa Bay area recently, from Annata Wine Bar and Locale Market in St. Petersburg to Cru Cellars and Bianchi's Enoteca in Tampa. But Haven, which debuted in March in the spot vacated in June 2014 by SideBern's, represents the most ambitious cheese program in our …

    Haven, which opened in March in the former SideBern’s spot in Tampa, holds about 120 cheeses in its cheese cave. Haven also boasts a 2,500-bottle wine cellar and more than 300 bourbons.
  9. Food Network star Robert Irvine talks about his 'unique' live show coming to St. Petersburg

    Cooking

    ST. PETERSBURG — Food Network star Robert Irvine swoops into the Mahaffey on April 19 for one evening of his multimedia, multisensory cooking demo/boot camp.

    Robert Irvine is host of Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible and Restaurant Express.
  10. Everybody's Business: Michael Kors coming to Brandon, 'Blind Goat' bar opens in South Tampa

    Business

    BRANDON — The Easter Bunny has hopped out of Westfield Brandon, but the burgeoning mall continues to gives shoppers more reasons to hop in.

    A model shows off the Michael Kors spring 2015 collection at a fashion show. A store will open in Brnadon this summer.
  11. Review: Queens Head continues its reign with refreshed menu

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Successful long-standing restaurants often don't get the ink they deserve. They continue to admirably orchestrate dozens of moving parts, keep up with trends and establish a coherent identity while food critics are gadflying about looking for the flavor of the week. About the only time they get a …

    The burrata salad at Queens Head in St. Petersburg has stuffed handmade mozzarella, marinated tomatoes, a balsamic reduction, olive oil and toast points.
  12. Review: Bull Grill Brazilian Steakhouse is a carnivore's paradise

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    You start out. Your tabletop paper medallion is on green: "Bring it on, let the meat parade begin." Soon, you get nervous. They're bringing around the lombinho again, the chicken hearts and the bacon-wrapped beef. You're getting sweaty, a meat fog clouding your judgment. That's it, you flip your medallion to …

    Brazilian meat is cooked on skewers at Bull Grill Brazilian Steakhouse.
  13. 5 best places to get a hot dog in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    The Godzilla vs. King Kong of dogs is Nathan's versus Vienna. But then you've got to get into the toppings. In New York? A proper dog comes with steamed onions and pale, deli-style yellow mustard. In Kansas City, it's melted Swiss and kraut; Atlanta dogs get a coleslaw mantle. Whatever your frankfurter …

    Mel’s Hot Dogs, near Busch Gardens in Tampa, has been serving customers since 1973.
  14. Mac and cheese, bacon highlight new foods at Tropicana Field (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — One thing is clear at Tropicana Field: Mac is king. And bacon is the crown prince.

    Centerplate will offer the half-pound, footlong Mac Dog in the Rays’ 2015-16 season.
  15. Where to eat in downtown Tampa for the NCAA Women's Final Four

    Food & Dining

    Anise Global Gastrobar

    777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa

    (813) 225-4272

    The focus in this gorgeous space is Korean-ish, with a southeast Asian palette of flavors that's fairly hard to pin down. With many of the share-friendly plates under $10, from crispy red curry coconut wings with a cucumber mint …

    At Kurdi’s Fresh Mediterranean Grill in downtown Tampa, a traditional Middle Eastern dinner of grilled mixed kebabs is served with rice and arugula salad.