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New life in Clearwater's old theater

It started life as the Fort Harrison Theater, renamed the Palace Theater in 1928 and then the Ritz Theater after that, closing in 1980. Since that time the space at 22 N Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater has been host to many dreams. For a while it was Liquid Blue and then Divino Italian Restaurant.

In August, new vitality will be breathed into the historic space with the ribbon-cutting for Sage Supper Club. Owned by Vincent Fiore (of the WiseGuy Kitchen television show aired on Verizon Fios, Cox and others), it's a 5,000-square-foot, two-level space that's a combination event, buffet, bar and kitchen venue. Not open every day as a restaurant, it debuts to the public with its first Italian buffet night on Aug. 21. With a buffet each Wednesday, the Sage will offer ticket-only four-course dinners as well as regular comedy and musical acts (including karaoke competitions). Italian night buffet are $17.95. For more information, call (727) 442-6100.

More beer in Dunedin

Clear Sky Draught Haus is expected to open at the start of September. The project of Dan Shouvlin and Michael Preson, operating partners of Clearwater's Clear Sky Café and partners in Frenchy's Corporation, this new concept at 680 Main St. in Dunedin takes over the former Living Room space. Currently being remodeled, the new concept will feature an ambitious gastropub menu in support of a craft beer list (20 taps, a couple dozen bottles).

Battle of the Burg(er) returns

St. Petersburg's Grand Central District is gearing up for its second annual monthlong hamburger contest. During the month of August, restaurant goers will be able to dine at the participating restaurants to taste the entries and then vote online for their favorite. In addition, a panel of celebrity judges will score each burger to determine the winner of the judges' choice. Participating restaurants include Beak's St. Pete, the Burg Bar & Grill, Craftsman House Gallery & Café, Georgie's Alibi, Mayster's Café, the Queens Head and Urban Brew and BBQ. To register your vote, visit grandcentraldistrict.org or visit Grand Central's Facebook page.

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This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

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Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
Where you can trade in your Gasparilla beads for doughnuts

Where you can trade in your Gasparilla beads for doughnuts

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Published: 02/21/18
Review: Platt Street Borough is casual Tampa dining with high standards

Review: Platt Street Borough is casual Tampa dining with high standards

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Published: 02/19/18
The Reading Room’s Lauren Macellaro and Columbia’s Richard Gonzmart are James Beard semifinalists

The Reading Room’s Lauren Macellaro and Columbia’s Richard Gonzmart are James Beard semifinalists

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Published: 02/15/18
Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters opens in South Tampa, plus learn how to roll sushi at Kelp

Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters opens in South Tampa, plus learn how to roll sushi at Kelp

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Published: 02/14/18
Out of time this Valentine's Day? Five ways to still have a romantic meal

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Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and that means your odds of scoring a reservation at a popular restaurant are roughly equal to the odds of you opening your own restaurant in time for dinner. Thinking about showing up somewhere with no reservatio...
Published: 02/13/18
Review: 2nd & Second will serve you 24/7 in St. Petersburg

Review: 2nd & Second will serve you 24/7 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURGAn older couple sits at a booth, hunched over mugs of coffee, occasionally murmuring in a way that seems more soliloquy than conspiracy. Outside at a table, two travelers pay their tab, plates streaked with cold yolk. They ask for direc...
Published: 02/12/18
Review: Maybe the Lure can beat the odds at this unlucky South Tampa location

Review: Maybe the Lure can beat the odds at this unlucky South Tampa location

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Here's what you can eat at the Armature Works' new Heights Public Market

Here's what you can eat at the Armature Works' new Heights Public Market

TAMPA — "This project will change the DNA of Tampa." Bold words from Ferdian Jap, co-owner of Zukku, one of 14 vendors who began selling their food and drink to the public Thursday at the anticipated Heights Public Market at the Armature Works...
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Valentine’s Day ideas for Tampa Bay foodies: wine and chocolate, berry picking and more

Valentine’s Day ideas for Tampa Bay foodies: wine and chocolate, berry picking and more

PICKING: BERRY FASTLooking for something fun, yet competitive, to do with your sweetie in advance of Valentine’s Day? Wish Farms and Monte Package Co. are collaborating on the fifth annual Strawberry Picking Challenge this weekend.The main event Satu...
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