Smells of pizza and pasta once permeated the walls of 3324 W Gandy Blvd.
Now, the scent of barbecue will fill the air as The Smoke Shack replaces Luigi's Italian Restaurant.
For three years, The Smoke Shack operated solely as a food truck.
Beginning Feb. 15, the three owners, Matt Moskos, Darin Herman and Mark Awmiller, will realize their initial dream of owning a restaurant. ...
TAMPA — South Howard Avenue is lined with restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, American, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.
Chakana Soho, a new concept coming to the corner of South Howard and Platt Street, adds a new choice to the list of restaurants along the strip: Peruvian.
"The Peruvian gastronomy is at its prime right now," said Italo Pignano, who spent part of his childhood in Peru. "Peru has been named the best culinary destination in the world for the last four years by the World Travel Awards....
SOUTH TAMPA — Cynthia LeCornu has been handpicking merchandise for her boutique, The House of Threads, since 2009.
She has opened three locations in Georgia and had the chance to travel the world.
Now, the Tampa native has moved back to her hometown, bringing the boutique to Bay to Bay Boulevard.
"There's a saying on the front of my store," LeCornu said. "Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home."...
In 2014, the Brew Bus consisted of four buses and were based solely out of Tampa.
Today, the local craft beer brewery has six buses and is spread across six cities.
The company's latest endeavor is planning a move to the Seminole Heights space once occupied by Florida Avenue Brewing Co. at 4101 N Florida Ave.
"It was a good time to move," said founder Anthony Derby. "Cigar City Brewery with their expansion, that's where our offices were before, we felt the need to get out of their hair and Florida Avenue Brewing Co. approached us about taking over the location."...
01/07/16 Human Interest
In 2015, the Youth American Grand Prix dancer attendance barely broke 300 performers.
Now a record number of students will arrive at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts today through Sunday for a chance to impress judges, win scholarships, watch professionals dance in the Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala performance and meet fellow dancers who will travel from all over the state to compete in the semifinals....
Four months ago, brothers Tommy and Kevin Gaugheron picked up their lives and moved all the way from their hometown of Lyon, France, to open a pizza place right here in Tampa.
Tampiz, near the University of Tampa, offers handmade pizzas, salads, bruschetta, French pastries and desserts.
"Our parents visited Washington, D.C., and said, 'We love this country,' " said Tommy, 25. "They said 'let's move together here and open a business'."...
TAMPA — Interactive escape rooms where guests have to discover clues, solve puzzles and use critical thinking skills to escape themed rooms in 60 minutes have been sprouting up all over the world.
Originating in Japan, they quickly became popular in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Here in Tampa, it's no exception.
In February, the Great Escape Room set up shop in downtown, followed by September's opening of Rabbit Hole Escape Games in Seminole Heights....
After 37 years as a family physician in Tampa, David Lubin retired.
Two years later he purchased Swann Ave. Market and Deli and rejoined the workforce "out of boredom."
"I knew about it, but hadn't really been," Lubin said. "Then I tried the sandwiches," he added with a smile.
Though his only restaurant experience was as a part owner of Newk's, he was excited about the challenge. ...
Four friends who shared a love of good burgers and beer opened a small pub where they could meet for a pint.
In just a few years, that meeting place grew into a burger restaurant, then another and another.
Now, Lithuania-based Drama Burger will open its first U.S. location right here in Tampa.
"We were the first ones to introduce the idea of a homemade burger place in Lithuania," said Drama Burger CEO Simas Slabačiauskas. "Now it seems that we're pioneering in bringing the European burger to other countries." ...
SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Customers can't seem to get enough of Bill Workman's original ice cream creations.
The owner of the Revolution Ice Cream Co. is expanding from his Brandon location to bring flavors such as Chocolate Habanero, Porky's Delight and What's up Nutter Fudger to Seminole Heights.
"My wife and I were on a trip to Pittsburgh and came across, Oh Yeah Ice Cream and Coffee Co.," Workman said. "They served weird flavors and when we got home we looked for somewhere around here that served interesting flavors."...
11/20/15 Human Interest
Bryce Smith first picked up archery when his daughter saw Princess Merida shoot a bow in Disney's Brave.
Smith was a martial arts instructor — aikido — before a car accident had his doctor telling him "no more punches to the face."
Around the same time, his then-5-year-old daughter, Violet, begged him to teach her to shoot like Merida.
"So, I started going to the range, bought myself a bow and got to the point where I was like, 'Okay, now I can teach you how to shoot,' " Smith said....
After opening his restaurant, Miguel's Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 23 years ago, owner Miguel Rodriguez is expanding to include a new concept, Miguelito's Taqueria Y Tequila.
Located just 0.3 miles away from the original concept, the new restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast will feature tacos, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), cafe con leche, platters including an American style breakfast, a variety of pancakes and more....
Partygoers will need a password to enter Feldman's Flappers and Fedoras tonight.
Held on the ninth floor of the University of Tampa's Vaughn Center in the Crescent Club, not only will those attending get a beautiful view of the city, they will help honor Dr. Randy Feldman.
Feldman leaves the board of counselors after 30 years to join the university's board of fellows. Flappers and Fedoras not only celebrates Feldman's new role as a "goodwill ambassador," but all proceeds will benefit university scholarships. ...
SOUTH TAMPA — Shoppers south of Kennedy Boulevard will add a T.J.Maxx to their retail store repertoire Sunday.
The Henderson Boulevard storefront, surrounded by a Fresh Market and First Watch, will be the off-price retailer's third location in Tampa.
Like their other locations, customers can spend hours browsing through the store's wide variety of merchandise including fashion, accessories, jewelry, home goods, beauty, pet products, toys and more. ...
Before the hysteria of Black Friday hits and the inventory levels of your favorite commodities dwindle, we want to give savvy shoppers the opportunity to plan ahead. Many area malls have added stores and services to their lineups since last year's holiday shopping frenzy.
Here is a look at what's new and what's coming soon at some of the Tampa Bay area's largest retail centers.