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  1. With 11 kitchens, Locale Market unlike any gourmet market in bay area

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Locale Market opens mid-December in the newly launched Sundial complex, it will be a game changer.

    
Locale Market at SunDial in St. Petersburg open in mid-December. Final preparations are underway.
  2. 'Test kitchen' night reveals taste of upcoming Ava restaurant

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA —The Acunto wood-fired oven needed to cure slowly, a log loaded into its maw once in a while as the exterior wept moisture, rivulets pooling on Ava's floor. In all likelihood, the Italian-made pizza oven would weep for 14 days until it was ready for use.

    Ava’s design, a study in textures, ups the ante in a city that has seen a tremendous year of restaurant debuts.
  3. How is the Beaujolais nouveau this year? We taste three

    Taste Test

    Every year, there are predictable things that are bad (taxes, death) and predictable things that are good (monarch butterflies return to the fir trees of Mexico; on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais nouveau arrives). What is less predictable is just how this vin de l'année ("this year's …

    The 2014 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau features rich black raspberry fruit with a peppery edge and a little licorice sass. Definitely the most sophisticated of the three we tasted. Keep it in consideration for your Thanksgiving table next week.
  4. Tea room brings Christmas House site back to life

    Business

    BROOKSVILLE

    The white wooden porch chairs are rocking again. The chunky front door is bared to its original pine. And through the door, the glitter and greens of the holiday season bring back the aura of what once was the legendary Rogers' Christmas House Village.

    Mckenna Prouty pours tea at the Tilted Teacup Tea Room & Boutique on Nov. 13. It’s owned by Aimee and John Gans.
  5. No Hooters at Land O'Lakes site

    Business

    LAND O'LAKES — The site of a former restaurant named for a bug will not become part of a chain named for the female breast.

  6. After 16 years, St. Petersburg's Midtown Sundries closes

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — After 16 years, one of downtown St. Petersburg's longest-running restaurants closed its doors Tuesday, leaving employees, vendors and customers rattling the locked door at lunchtime Wednesday. Midtown Sundries at 200 First Ave. S posted a sign on the window, saying, in part, "It has been a great …

    Midtown Sundries' distinctive sign was one of the more memorable parts of the bar.
  7. New Tampa Bay bakeries rise just in time for holidays

    Food & Dining

    In 2013 the real estate blog Movoto ranked St. Petersburg the seventh worst city in the United States for food lovers, citing a tremendous dearth of decent baked goods (it had the fewest bakeries per capita, with one for every 17,500 people). Since that time, Pinellas County has pulled together to clear its good name …

    This little number, Pumpkin Roulade, was among the goodies at the recent Tastes of the Season open house at Michael Ostrander’s St. Pete Bakery, 1961 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
  8. Pow to open in old Wood Fired Pizza space in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The space that was St. Petersburg Wood Fired Pizza will open in early December as Pow, a new pizza concept that takes advantage of collaborations with local sauce purveyors, bringing Asian, Hawaiian and other fusion elements to wood-oven pizzas and wings, announced owner Philippe Theodore on …

  9. Review: Del Frisco's Grille is worthy addition to Tampa's upscale restaurant row

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    I misspoke. When I did a preview story on Del Frisco's Grille, the newest upscale restaurant on Boy Scout Boulevard's tony restaurant row, I inaccurately characterized the restaurant's menu as having a "something for everyone approach." She shoots but doesn't score. Having worked my way through a fair bit of …

    Bartender Tiffany Strul works behind the ground-floor bar at Del Frisco’s Grille.
  10. BellaBrava reveals details of new Beach Drive tavern

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The partners of BellaBrava restaurant have revealed plans for their new Stillwaters Tavern, coming to 224 Beach Drive NE.

    Stillwaters Tavern, set to open in the spring at 224 Beach Drive NE, will boast a white brick facade with a modern industrial warehouse look. Jeffrey Jew, who was a contender on Bravo’s Top Chef, will oversee the kitchen.
  11. EmbroidMe emerges in Brandon, Fashions and furniture boutique in SoHo; food and flicks in University Mall

    Retail

    BRANDON — If you represent a school organization, corporate group or anybody in need of promotional apparel and items, Dwayne Lewis is one of the few people in Brandon who can proudly serve you.

    Dwayne and Tammy Lewis just opened EmbroidMe at 2120 W Brandon Blvd. They may launch a second location within the next three years.
  12. Hosting a holiday party? A guide to private dining spots in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    Halloween decorations back in the attic, thoughts turn to the holiday season before us. On many people's wish list is a holiday party venue — someplace intimate and memorable that's not going to break the bank. Most Tampa Bay area hotels eagerly court private parties with banquet rooms, in-house catering, event …

    Rococo Steak, 655 Second Ave. S, St. Petersburg, can host up to 150 seated guests in the dedicated private dining area upstairs. A private dining room on the main floor can accommodate 14.
  13. Bizou Brasserie at Le Méridien changes management, chef, decor

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Bizou Brasserie, the upscale restaurant in Le Méridien hotel, is undergoing some changes.

    Among other changes, Tampa’s Bizou Brasserie will have a new executive chef, more seasonal items and a new happy hour.
  14. Review: Tampa's Sushi Ninja distinguishes itself with Korean fare

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    It's definitely the long white pieces of paper and the little pencils that do it. You feel like you're scoring mini golf as you scroll down, adding little check marks along the way: Hmm, the devil roll sounds good. And we've got to try the Mt. Fuji roll with its special spicy sauce. Oh, and a South Tampa …

    Japchae, a dish that hails from Korea, is a mixture of sweet potato noodles, vegetables and beef.
  15. Dunkin' Donuts debuts its version of the 'cronut'

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Dunkin' Donuts goes upper crust, debuting its new Croissant Donut on Monday. This is their version of the fabled cronut, offered for $2.13 including tax (a regular DD doughnut rings in at 99 cents plus tax).

    Dunkin Donuts debuts its version of the "cronut."