YBOR CITY — The logo on the blue seafood shack might look familiar: Seabreeze Ybor.
Owner Stacy Richards' grandparents, Robert and Helen Richards, ran Seabreeze by the Bay on the 22nd Street Causeway for decades.
The family recipes are sizzling again, as Stacy and her husband, Jorge Garcia, prepare many of the Seabreeze specialties in a former hot dog and sausage stand on 17th Street and Fifth Avenue. All seating is outdoors.
"We started in November in a food truck," she said, "and only found this place making a wrong turn during a delivery," Richards said.
The owner had a taco stand in mind, she said, but as a fan of the old Seabreeze, " he gave us a really good deal. He worked miracles to get us in here."
The couple opened Jan. 22 offering "everything breaded fresh and fried." That includes devil crabs, grouper, shrimp, softshell crab, gator bites and frog legs. They also have hamburgers, chicken wings and Cubans. Baskets come with hush puppies and hand-cut french fries.
Lucy chips are favorites: homestyle potato chips topped with a garlic and Parmesan cheese blend, named for the original owner, Lucy Licata.
A variety of wine and beers are available. Friday is $2 beer day, "all day," Richards said.
Seabreeze Ybor, 1604 N 17th St. is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; till 8 p.m. Thursday; till 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (813) 481-3236.
New Vera Bradley boutique
Vera Bradley vibrant handbags, luggage, eyewear, travel items and gifts brighten a new shop in International Plaza, opened March 22 on the upper level near Dillards. The pretty paisley designs are popular with women of all ages, from tweens to soccer moms to grandma's bridge club.
It's the sixth retail store in Florida for the $541 million business, known for its vast selection of colorful quilted accessories, including the new baby line featuring diaper bags, changing pads, bibs and bottle carriers.
Vera Bradley International Plaza is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 353-2133 or visit verabradley.com.
Microsoft kiosk to open at IP
Microsoft will open doors — and Windows — and other products for PC users in a new speciality store popping up in a kiosk April 5 near the food court in International Plaza. The concept is a mini version of a full Microsoft store, which allows customers to try out smart phones, Xbox consoles and new technology and get help from an Answer Desk, similar to services offered at the Apple Store already in the mall. Visit microsoftstore.com for updates.
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