Both Tun-Du-Ree restaurants have closed, and fans of "curry in a hurry" will have to wait at least a month before owner Pat Bhava reopens in downtown Tampa, in the former Metro spot, next to Taco Bus. "This is much larger, about 5,000 square feet, with a very large kitchen," said Bhava. He will add a full bar, plus Indian beers and wine, to the traditional Indian specialties served at the former Bay to Bay and Kennedy boulevard locations. Chicken tikka masala is the bestseller. "I dare not change anything or our customers will get mad," he said. The larger space is needed to grow Bhava's other business, Spice Line. In a partnership with Aramark, he will provide Indian food to corporate cafeterias, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Citibank, J.P. Morgan Chase, St. Joseph's hospitals and soon the University of South Florida. Watch Tun-Du-Ree's Facebook page for updates and a grand-opening triple tikka challenge. Tun-Du-Ree, Magic of the Grill, 511 Franklin St., will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Visit tunduree.com or Facebook for updates.
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Whole Foods in Clearwater?
Whole Foods Market last week announced it plans to open its first location in the Clearwater area, but it provided no further details. Whole Foods representatives are scheduled to talk with Clearwater planning officials later this month about a proposal to take over the lower level of the Sears store at Westfield Countryside Mall. "They would take up part of the existing Sears space at Westfield. Sears would continue to be there, occupying less space," said Rod Irwin, assistant city manager. The addition of a high-end grocery store would dovetail with the mall's strategy of becoming a regional shopping destination, he said. In Clearwater, its closest direct competitors would probably be a Fresh Market on U.S. 19 just south of Countryside Mall, and Nature's Food Patch, an organic grocery store downtown. The chain, which recently opened its second local store in Carrollwood, is also looking at downtown St. Petersburg.
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Fetishes on the move
Fetishes Fine Dining has relocated to a free-standing building at 6305 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach, three blocks from its original spot. The new location used to be a pizzeria and had been abandoned for several years. Other than the new location and the addition of a wine bar, the 18-year-old restaurant hasn't changed much, still serving classics such as steak Diane, bananas Foster and Caesar salads made tableside.
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Deals abound at Sunshine Cafe
Don't forget to bring ID to Sunshine Cafe in Tampa, where breakfast, brunch and lunch are served seven days a week. "Locals, seniors and military personnel get a 10 percent discount," says Peter Vlahopoulos, who opened Sunshine Cafe on Sept. 16. His wife owns the nearby Fantastic Sam's hair salon. Besides all the traditional breakfast items, something called scrapple is listed on the menu. "If you like it, you'll know what it is,'' Vlahopoulos said. Lunch specialities include salads, sandwiches - notably Philly steaks and gyros - with more Greek favorites coming soon. Dessert features homemade cannoli, baklava and tiramisu. Sunshine Cafe, 3624 W Gandy Blvd, is open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Visit sunshinecafeoftampa.com or (813) 831-6300. -