Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata is a web producer and features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, focusing on entertainment, pop culture, social media and things to do. He also contributes to The Feed blog. A lifelong Floridian, he previously worked as a web producer and entertainment reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and covered sports for the Ocala Star-Star Banner. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011, and joined the Times in 2016.

The Dome Grill has been owned and operated by Michael Karamalakos and his three sons for the past 25 years. On June 10, the breakfast spot announced that it would close and the building was sold on their Facebook [DEVIN RODRIGUEZ | Times]

St. Pete diner closes, then snaps back at people who left bad reviews on Facebook

Dome Grill doesn't have to be polite anymore on social media.
Published: 06/15/18
Cole, top, and Marmalade play at the home of Chris Poole and Jessica Josephs Thursday, June 14, 2018 in Citrus Park. The couple's cats have become sensations.

How Tampa's Cole and Marmalade got famous, beat cancer and helped save more cats

Here's how to make your cat famous on the internet, according to the owners of some famous felines.
Published: 06/15/18
David Newell, as Mr. McFeely, left, and Fred Rogers on the set of

'Won't You Be My Neighbor' brings a Mister Rogers block party downtown

The tear-jerking movie is coming to Tampa Theatre.
Published: 06/12/18
Diners enjoy the patio area of Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Tampa in 2012. [CHRIS URSO | Times]

Ceviche closing in South Tampa

TAMPA – The Ceviche restaurant at 2500 W Azeele St. is closing.Caledon Concepts, which operates Ceviche restaurants in Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg, said the restaurant’s last day at that location will be June 16."The expiration of...
Published: 06/08/18
The cover art for

’Florida Man: Poems’ is non-fiction poetry inspired by the viral Florida phenomenon

Tyler Gillespie describes himself in his Twitter bio as a “pale Floridian + reporter,” but says he’s not a “Florida Man,” capital F, capital M.“No, I think ‘Florida Man’ means someone...
Published: 06/07/18
St. Pete Axe & Ale is now open at Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Michelle Simpson]

Ax throwing trend arrives in St. Pete via Ferg’s Sports Bar

Gone are the days when St. Petersburg residents must travel across Tampa Bay to visit one of
Published: 06/07/18
Mark Thivierge is a national finalist in the Google 4 Doodle competition. [GOOGLE]

Lutz teen a finalist in Google's doodle contest

His artwork was selected from more than 100,000 entrants.
Published: 06/07/18
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20:  Jim Norton attend

Jim Norton talks about doing movies with Robert De Niro and podcasts with Ozzy Osbourne

Comedian Jim Norton had to fit this interview in where he could.
Updated one month ago
When a 'service dog' gives birth at Tampa airport, controversy takes flight

When a 'service dog' gives birth at Tampa airport, controversy takes flight

The eight puppies born at Airside F in Tampa International Airport last week were adorable instantly, internet famous quickly and controversial not long after.
Updated one month ago
Beekeeper Jeff Johnston in front of the home at 533 First Street NE. [Courtesy of Sheena Derocker]

Bees attacked a woman in St. Pete, but a bee rescue is giving the bees a fresh start

ST. PETERSBURG — Don Hoover was headed into a client’s home near downtown when he saw a screaming woman on the street flailing her arms.
Published: 05/31/18
Updated: 06/11/18