Cocktail enthusiasts, a.k.a. drink geeks, are hosting a Sunset Tiki Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Old Trolley Barn, 1910 N Ola St. in Tampa Heights. Put on by Tampa's Left Coast Bartenders' Guild, the party will pay homage to drinks served in the 1940s and '50s, from popular Mai Tais and Zombies to more obscure Fog Cutters and Pain Killers. Da-Kine Hawaiian Cafe will cater food; DJ Kamran will spin music. The guild is made up of local bar professionals devoted to building a better cocktail culture through events, seminars and competitions. Tickets are $30 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/173970 and $35 at the door. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Blake High School's Performing Arts Music Department. 21 and up. Hawaiian attire recommended.
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NoHo, no mo'
In March, after seven years braving the north of Kennedy frontier, NoHo Bistro surrendered to the lure of South Tampa. Co-owner Tomas Carrasquillo III and chef Tina Hurless re-opened their restaurant May 16, reinvented as Bistro Bleu. The new location on S MacDill Avenue is a few blocks from Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. "We're still the neighborhood bistro we've always wanted to be,'' Carrasquillo said. "But now with more space, a full bar and patio dining." The menu has been tweaked a bit, adding chicken and vegetarian burgers in addition to their signature bison burger. Bistro Bleu, 2402 S MacDill Ave., will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (813) 514-0691 or bistrobleutampa.com.
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Meanwhile, in NoHo's old space ...
Castillo's Cafe & Catering quickly filled the former NoHo Bistro space, opening May 2 to customers' delight. "I'd say 90 percent are regulars,'' said co-owner Raul Castillo, who originally opened five blocks north with his twin, Henry, in November 2007. They quickly outgrew that tiny space, "kitchen and dining room in 700 square feet,'' Raul said. "But the building had so much character, we hated to leave." A solution arrived when NoHo Bistro vacated 1,700 square feet on the same street. Now Spanish, Cuban and American food (crab enchilada is their speciality) is served 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1714 N Armenia Ave., between Union and Main streets. The 54-year-old twins were born in Cuba but have lived in West Tampa since age 3. They will keep the old building at 2001 N Armenia for catering jobs. The phone number remains the same, (813) 251-2015.
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Savannah's Cafe closing May 28
Savannah's Cafe will close at the end of the month, according to a statement by owner John Warren. The Southern cuisine restaurant at 1113 Central Ave., known for its mint juleps in mason jars, and shrimp and grits, became a distinct player in the local scene when it opened nearly four years ago. "Despite accomplishments, these are trying economic times and Savannah's Cafe must close - for now," Warren said in the statement. Savannah's Cafe has reduced its hours to Wednesdays through Sundays until it closes May 28.
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A comeback? How Apropos
Start anticipating the tarragon chicken salad and tomato basil tarts. Apropos Restaurant and Catering, a popular downtown St. Pete spot in late 1980s and '90s, is re-emerging in the Snell Arcade Building at 8 Fourth St. N. Suzy Johnson, one of the original owners and creators, will have some of the old favorites and new items on a menu of classic American cuisine made fresh daily. Since opening Apropos in 1988, she has been the catering director for the Ringling Museum and had a few eateries in Hawaii. Apropos, which is going into the space formerly occupied by G's Rotisserie Grill, will have indoor and outdoor seating. Renovations are under way and the restaurant should open in June.