Friday, January 19, 2018
Restaurants

New Tampa restaurants: Molly Malone's, Tequilas, Meaner Wiener

DAVIS ISLANDS — Tricia and John Nolan joined Cindy Wilkinson for breakfast at a central Tampa diner Friday morning the week before Christmas. As usual, table topics touched on the closing of their favorite Davis Islands cafe, Pink Flamingo.

"We were just saying how much we missed it — we were regulars there — and the next day we saw it was for sale," Tricia said.

By St. Patrick's Day, the three Davis Islands residents expect to open Molly Malone's Irish Pub, featuring Molly's Island Breakfast, "a replica of the Pink Flamingo menu," Tricia said. Lunch and dinner menu items will include shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, mussels, as well as soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and a selection of beer and wine,

Coastal Grill had occupied the space from August through December.

"We know what people want, consistent food, good prices, not too fancy," Tricia said, adding that John has been in the restaurant industry for 20 years. The couple moved to Tampa from Dublin, Ireland, in 1989. Wilkinson, an Ohio native, arrived in 2000 with 12 years of experience in the bar and restaurant industry.

Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 304 E Davis Blvd., will be open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; open later on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, find them on Facebook or call (813) 304-2777.

Tequilas

Who knew there are something like 1,000 brands of tequila?

Michael Perry, obviously, the general manager of Tequilas, which will be stocked with more than 150 kinds of tequila when it opens March 1 in Ybor City.

"We'll have over 200 in the first few months," Perry said. An array of authentic Mexican specialty drinks will feature margaritas, and other drinks like palomas and micheladas. There will be a daily happy hour.

A full menu of authentic Mexican cuisine is planned by chef David Wear Jr., formerly of San Diego. All the usual favorites, Perry said, "plus we are very vegan- and vegetarian-friendly."

Sports fans will find four 70-inch LED televisions over the bar, and others hung around the restaurant, formerly Club Ice and Full Moon Saloon.

Perry, former owner of the Yard in St. Petersburg, said entertainment will range from live mariachi bands to local acoustic musicians to late-night DJs. Find them on Facebook.

Tequilas, 1613 E Seventh Ave., will be open 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Visit tequilasybor.com or call (813) 304-2695.

Meaner Wiener

Hot diggity dog! Brothers Sam and Willie Museitef are just a week or two away from opening Meaner Wiener on Howard Avenue between the Pita Pit and Frostings. Coincidently, other kinds of "dogs" were served in the SoHo retail strip center spot, formerly the location of the Fetch, Fur Love boutique.

By early March, they will serve a variety of all-beef hot dogs (Coney Island, Chicago-style, etc., says Sam), plus hamburgers, fries and shakes. Order to go or snag one of the bar stools.

Meaner Wiener is not a franchise, Sam notes. "At least, not yet," he added optimistically.

Meaner Wiener is at 500 S Howard Ave. Hours will likely be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Watch for updates on Facebook or call (813) 251-0214.

Do you know something that should be everybody's business? Email [email protected] or call (813) 226-3332.

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