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  1. Fresh Kitchen bowls over SoHo; jeans and java in Ybor


    SOUTH TAMPA — It doesn't get much easier — or healthier — than a breakfast, lunch or dinner bowl at Fresh Kitchen, the newest addition to the Ciccio Restaurant Group.

  2. Despite fire, annual charity Pasta Fest will take place Tuesday at Papa Joe's


    BROOKSVILLE — Only the foundation has been poured for the new Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant rising out of the ground east of Brooksville, but that won't stop the family-owned dining mainstay from carrying on with an annual tradition.

    Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant was destroyed in a fire Jan. 24. Proceeds from this year’s Pasta Fest will go to churches that helped the restaurant’s employees who lost work because of the fire.
  3. Everybody's Business: a new gluten-free option in Carrollwood


    CARROLLWOOD — Business is booming at Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies following a move to Carrollwood.

  4. Review: Yard of Ale GastroPub is a winner by a mile

    Food & Dining


    I reviewed this space favorably back in 2008 when it debuted as The Venue, then less favorably in 2011 when the nightclub concept's ambitious restaurants were dumbed down, then less favorably still in 2012 when it changed hands and became the V. In all of its incarnations, one of the chief problems was …

    The grilled chicken flatbread features roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and chipotle mayonnaise. Yard of Ale’s sophisticated small plates make it a good girls’ night out venue, too.
  5. Review: Alma in Madeira Beach needs fresh approach

    Food & Dining


    Cake mixes were a convenience food launched after World War II, better living through science where all you had to add was water. Only, home cooks didn't like them. They thought it was cheating to claim authorship of such a cake. So Duncan Hines et al retooled and offered cake mixes to which you had …

    Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella ($8), pictured alongside a sage-, raspberry- and blackberry-infused Tanqueray gin martini, is among Alma’s offerings.
  6. J. McLaughlin dresses Hyde Park Village; California Tacos opens ; Veya Spa pampers downtown


    HYDE PARK VILLAGE — Tradition tweaked, classic yet contemporary — that's J. McLaughlin, Hyde Park Village's newest tenant. The fashion retailer's 84th store, featuring women's and men's sportswear and accessories, opens today near Piquant Cafe.

  7. Jimmy John's confirms security breach at 216 stores


    Jimmy John's sandwich chain said Wednesday that hackers stole customer debit and credit card data from 13 stores in Florida, including one at 533 S Howard Ave. in Tampa. In all, the security breach affected 216 stores.

    Hackers stole customer debit and credit card data from 216 Jimmy John's stores, including 13 in Florida. [Getty Images]
  8. Business split resolves CopperFish dispute

    Food & Dining

    The dispute that had embroiled popular Tampa restaurant CopperFish has been resolved.

  9. Restaurants go outside the core menu items to attract new diners


    Beef 'O' Brady's is serving pizza and flatbreads. California Pizza Kitchen is serving salmon, halibut and ribeyes.

    Beef 'O' Brady's is serving pizza and flatbreads in an effort to attract diners. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2012)]
  10. Review: Roux brings Big Easy flavors, and a wait, to Tampa

    Food & Dining


    One of the remarkable things that came out of Hurricane Katrina was Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. People were still digging out, the Lower 9th Ward was a shambles, but folks needed Grandma's etouffee recipe to feel whole again. Recipes can be like …

    Roux server Lauren Klemm talks with customers at Tampa’s newest fine dining establishment, at 4205 S MacDill Ave. There are some pacing problems, both on the service side and in the kitchen, but management is clearly trying to remedy these bobbles.
  11. Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show displays hospitality products


    ORLANDO — The 43rd annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show held at the Orange County Convention Center last week in Orlando featured demos by celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and dramatic daily American Culinary Federation team competitions. But the most entertaining part is wandering the more than 450 booths …

  12. Everybody's Business for Sept. 19: 'Tampa Cuban' cuisine


    SOUTH TAMPA — Third-generation Tampa natives Rodney and Ricky Rodriguez honor Cuban national hero José Martí with a modern menu of island specialities at their new restaurant, Café Martí, which opened Sept. 4 on Gandy Boulevard, near S Dale Mabry Highway.

  13. Arigato Japanese Steak House closes restaurants


    Arigato Japanese Steak House, a popular spot for birthday parties, prom dates and special occasions, has closed after more than four decades.

    This sign posted outside the Clearwater Arigato Japanese Steak House announces the closure of the restaurant.
  14. Review: An '80s flashback, Shells will find a way

    Food & Dining


    In my family, the Land of Lionel Richie is the place where overexposed celebrities go when — blam — they disappear. They are everywhere, and then all at once nowhere. In 1986 Richie was everywhere, by 1987 he'd gone to the Land. What was confusing, then, was when Richie came back …

    The signature Shrimp Pasta ($12.99) feels very ’80s, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tasty: Linguine with bouncy shrimp, heavy cream getting a little garlic and white wine lift. It’s an “if it ain’t broke” kind of dish.
  15. Review: Annata Wine Bar on Beach Drive offers superb sips, nibbles

    Food & Dining


    What makes a cheese board exceptional?

    Range is important. You've got to have different animal types (goat, sheep, cow), but also different rind types (bloomy rind cheeses like Brie, Camembert and triple creams; washed rind or stinky monastery-style cheeses; natural rinds) as well as different …

    Bartender Sarah Leake serves friends at the casual “sit and nibble” concept that complements Beach Drive’s full-service restaurants. Sips consist of 30 wines by the glass and 90 bottles.