New restaurants on the horizon: Metro Diner and Zoes Kitchen in Tampa, Trophy Fish and Oak & Stone in St. Pete

Published May 23 2018
Updated May 23 2018

OPEN NOW: BAHAMA BUCK’S

Feel a shiver? Just in time for Florida’s sultry summer, Bahama Buck’s opened this week in Trinity with an avalanche of sno. The 2,346-square-foot island-inspired shop opened at 8815 Mitchell Blvd. with more than 91 flavors of shaved ice. Sno options range from fan favorites such as cherry and blue coconut to the more unique birthday cake or Warheads. For guests with diet restrictions, Bahama Buck’s offers a line of "Thin Ice Sno" with zero sugar, zero calories and zero carbs. In addition to the shaved ice menu items, the shop offers a variety of smoothies, acai bowls and sodas.

COMING SOON: METRO DINER

You know who likes Metro Diner? Guy Fieri and the team of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives like Metro Diner. The episode featured huge stuffed French toast and such, Fieri swooning, in a manly way. Metro fans from St. Pete can attest, it’s a solid, breakfast-all-day, old-school diner. And now the Jacksonville-based chain is opening in South Tampa at 4011 W Kennedy Blvd. with a target opening day of Tuesday. The 3,705-square-foot, 124-seat outpost will feature a menu of everyone’s favorite diner classics, but also Southern staples fried chicken and waffles topped with house-made strawberry butter, pictured above; Charleston shrimp and grits; and rib-sticking meatloaf. Most dishes are priced under $15.

OPEN NOW: ZOES KITCHEN

Zoes Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh, quick-serve Mediterranean dishes, is continuing its expansion in the Tampa Bay area with the opening of its Carrollwood location on May 10. This location is the second Zoes Kitchen in Tampa, with new food including baked falafel, Moroccan chicken piadina and family dinners with Moroccan citrus roasted chicken, turmeric rice and baked ravioli. The first location opened last year at 936 S Howard Ave. in Tampa near Bulla Gastrobar. This second location is located at 15028 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

UPDATES: MORE NEWCOMERS

Both of these newcomers have been reported before, but we’ve got updates.

I originally said Trophy Fish would open in April, but turns out the fancy opening party is Thursday and it opens to the public on Friday. Masterminded by Ryan Griffin of Mandarin Hide and partners Blake Thompson and Bill Griffin (Ryan’s father), the concept is fresh-from-the-gulf seafood and nautically inspired cocktails at 2060 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

And Oak & Stone at 199 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg looks like it will have a June opening, just in time for Father’s Day. The original location is in Sarasota and the calling card is wood-fired pizzas mated with a self-serve beer wall highlighting regional craft beers.

LADIES NIGHT: MIDICI

Gentlemen, avert your gaze from this tidbit. MidiCi the Neapolitan Pizza Company has introduced a Ladies Night featuring an all-you-can-eat-and-drink package and raffles that include designer handbags, jewelry, spa packages, hotel stays and more. Held every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., admission is $20 and includes bottomless eats (antipasto, charcuterie, salad and pizza) and bottomless drinks (wine, spirits, beer and nonalcoholic beverages). One raffle ticket is granted per admission and winners are announced at 7:30 p.m. 2424 Tyrone Blvd N. in St. Petersburg. (727) 302-0777.

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