The Cigar City Brewpub is open in north Tampa in the former T.G.I. Friday's site at 15491 N Dale Mabry Highway.
The brewpub introduces a food component to the fast-growing Cigar City Brewery, which has a brewery and tasting room on Spruce Street and a location at Tampa International Airport. The menu reflects its Tampa-style Cuban roots, with sweet plantain tater tots, swordfish tacos and Cuban egg rolls made with ham, roast pork, salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard.
The food was designed to be paired with Cigar City's beer, some of which is brewed on site. The menu also includes wine and cocktails inspired by Tampa and Ybor City's past, from the Charlie Wall, named after the Florida crime kingpin, to La Setima, a nod to Ybor City's Seventh Avenue.
The restaurant owned by Joey Redner has repurposed barrels as light fixtures, and large malt labels adorn the walls. It's open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
Susan Thurston, Times staff writer