Restaurant news

  1. Restaurateur Richard Gonzmart crowdsources food sampling for Ulele restaurant

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — Dinner one day last week for a lucky few — 40 or so — was a sampling of ice creams vying to make the menu of soon-to-open Ulele.

    Richard Gonzmart, who also owns the Columbia, says that the opening date of Ulele, featuring native-inspired cuisine, is not set.
  2. Rococo among Tampa Bay restaurants honored by Wine Spectator

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rococo Steak's efforts paid off.

     From left Josh Fan, Chris Prachar and Joe Orsino stand in the temperature controlled cellar of Rococo Steak. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]
  3. Bacco and Venere restaurant takes a Roman spin

    Business

    TEMPLE TERRACE — One of the newest additions to the city's dining scene takes its name from the Roman god of wine and the goddess of beauty.

  4. Plenty of new dining choices on the Pinellas beaches

    Food & Dining

    You drag the pool noodles back to your towel, futilely attempt to dislodge the sand from the thigh band of your swimsuit and wonder idly if SPF 50 is really any better than the 30. And then this happens: You realize a day at the beach has made you powerfully hungry. And thirsty, very thirsty. In Pinellas County, there …

    The new Gypsy Souls Coffeehouse, at 17465 Gulf Blvd., across from the gulf in Redington Shores, sells teas, local baked goods, smoothies and more. It has a heavy globe-trotting theme, in part thanks to its owner, Matt Olafsen, an airline pilot with a “gypsy soul.”
  5. Clearwater restaurant boasts best key lime pie — and can prove it

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — The best key lime pie in America can be found on Sunset Point Road, according to some folks who ought to know.

    Zukie Tzekas of Clearwater’s Sunset Grill recently won first place with her key lime pie in the 2014 American Pie Council’s national championship in the Independent division.
  6. Investment firm buys Ker's WingHouse

    Corporate

    NFL player-turned-restaurant chieftain Crawford Ker is selling his Largo-based sports-themed restaurant chain Ker's WingHouse to investors who have aggressive expansion plans on the menu.

    NFL player-turned-restaurant chieftain Crawford Ker is selling his Largo-based sports-theme restaurant chain Ker's WingHouse to investors who have aggressive expansion plans on the menu. [Luis Santana | TBT]
  7. Despite 'sighting,' Anthony Bourdain tweets he was not in St. Pete

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — A celebrity sighting in a downtown coffeehouse on Tuesday was eventually debunked by the celebrity himself.

     

    FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of "Julie & Julia" at The Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. The Travel Channel is home to popular shows such as Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations," where the sharp-witted author and chef trots the globe in search of tasty local cuisine and color. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
  8. Another accolade for Bern's: It's one of the nation's top 101 restaurants

    Food & Dining

    Tampa's legendary Bern's Steak House has again been named one of the nation's top 101 restaurants by the online food magazine the Daily Meal.

    Bern's staff check reservations just before opening. [Times files (2008)]
  9. Bunga Raya is a great place to try authentic Malaysian

    Food & Dining

    PALM HARBOR

    You don't have to count chopsticks on McMullen-Booth Road to see it has serious density of Asian restaurants. From about Alderman Road down to Enterprise, there are enough pad Thai and dynamite rolls to throw a major party. One cuisine that has been heretofore lacking, though, is Malaysian. It's a …

    The Rendang Beef, simmered beef shredded and caramelized with coconut milk, is served with traditional spices, cuke rounds and a side of jasmine rice.
  10. St. Petersburg celebrity chef food festival won't happen this year

    Events

    With more than a dozen celebrity chefs, notable regional artists and some of Tampa Bay's own gastronomic stars, last year's food and arts festival was billed as the first annual, with organizers aiming to put the area on the culinary map with a destination event in the style of the Food Network's South Beach Wine & Food …

    Chef Scott Conant does a seafood and pasta demonstration at the Mahaffey Theater during the  St. Pete & Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine & the Arts on Saturday,11/16/2013.
  11. So Nuts! Donuts & Deli opens in Carrollwood

    Business

    CARROLLWOOD — "Fun, funky, feel-good food." That is what is on the menu at So Nuts! Donuts & Deli, which recently opened in the Carrollwood Shopping Center.

  12. Squeeze juices Hyde Park; Cigar City Outpost opens at MacDinton's, Hip Hop blooms near West Shore

    News

    HYDE PARK — Squeeze Juice Works brings its selection of organic, cold-pressed juices, cleanses and healthy foods to Hyde Park on July 1. Owner Kelly Lessem and partners Amy Losoya and Mike Indrigo chose the corner of S Boulevard and Platt Street for their second location because of its proximity to "south Tampa …

  13. Café Alma closes in downtown St. Petersburg, will reopen at John's Pass

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — Café Alma, one of downtown St. Petersburg's anchor restaurants for the past 12 years, will close on Sunday with a final brunch, reopening in mid July as the briefer "Alma" at 111 Boardwalk Place at John's Pass in Madeira Beach.

    Café Alma, one of downtown St. Petersburg's anchor restaurants for the past 12 years, will close on Sunday with a final brunch, reopening in mid July as the briefer "Alma" at 111 Boardwalk Place at John's Pass in Madeira Beach. [Times (2005)]
  14. Review: Hometown St. Petersburg crowd has plenty to love at Harvey's

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    In April, Harvey's on Fourth Street celebrated its 30th anniversary, something of a miracle in the restaurant world, especially if you consider its location, in an unglamorous strip mall north of bustling downtown. Seemed like a good time to sneak in and try to suss out its secret.

    Patrons eat a late lunch on June 17 at Harvey’s Fourth Street Grill. The St. Petersburg business just celebrated its 30th anniversary.
  15. Three restaurants open, one in evicted BB&T space

    Retail

    DOWNTOWN TAMPA — Downtown diners have waited nearly six years for a restaurant to reopen on the ground floor of the BB&T Bank at Ashley Drive and Madison Street.

    Anise Global Gastrobar in the Skypoint Condominium has expanded, just 15 months after opening, to include the space vacated next door by Five Guys. It’ll triple the kitchen size.