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SIDEBERNS GETS A MAKEOVER

SideBerns in Tampa reopened this week after closing down for a week of renovations. You can hang out in the new lounge during cocktail hours from 5 to 7 p.m. and try $6 appetizers, $5 wine and cocktails and $3 beers. And if you are the type to plan ahead all the way into next week, SideBerns will have the second event in its barbecue series on July 15 on its patio for $45. The other events in the series are Sept. 2 and Oct. 7. SideBerns is at 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa; (813) 258-2233, sideberns.com.

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Adieu, Chateau France

Chateau France, the deluxe French restaurant ensconced in a historic building at 136 Fourth Ave. NE in St. Petersburg, is closing. Owner Antoine Louro made the announcement in a recent blog, saying Aug. 15 will be its last day. An opportunity to open a similar restaurant in the Bahamas prompted him "to re-evaluate'' his circumstances, Louro said. He will establish his Caribbean operation on Eleuthera overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Louro has operated his restaurant for 12 years, high prices no deterrent to devotees of Chateau France's offerings of wines, meats, seafood, sauces and desserts. On its last night in St. Petersburg, the restaurant will bid farewell with its traditional menu and offer 50 percent off a select list of California and French wines.See chateaufranceonline.com.

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Go spelunking in Brandon's 'Beer Cave'

Brandon's Route 60 Liquor has seen steady business since it opened on Memorial Day, owner Austin Blake said. And its 800-square-foot walk-in beer cooler - kept at a steady 35 degrees and dubbed "the Famous Beer Cave" - is just one of the reasons. The store's customers have also told Blake that they appreciate the attention to decor, which gives the store an upscale ambiance that not too many liquor stores have. "People have described it as modern and retro at the same time," he said. Besides that huge selection of beer, Route 60 Liquor carries a wide selection of wines, liquor and cigars in all price ranges. At least twice a month, the store will host wine and liquor tastings. Route 60 Liquor is at 1015 W Brandon Blvd., near the Burlington Coat Factory. It's open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (813) 681-1131 or visit rt60liquor.com.

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Political hangout Tuscon's closes

Tucson's Southwest Grill, a popular meeting spot in mid Pinellas County for political parties and other groups, is closing. Majority owner Les Rubin, the developer who recently took back control of the 14,000-square-foot location, said the restaurant was losing too much money to remain open.

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