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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Your Pie brings custom pizza to Brandon, Globe Restaurant does diner fare in Largo

Plus, Gyro City in Kenneth City, St. Petersburg wine cocktail lounge Copa and Whiskey Joe’s in Ellenton.


Your Pie

Next to Holy Hog Barbecue, this Georgia-based fast-casual chain has started slinging create-your-own pizzas as of last week. Your Pie uses nearly 40 toppings to customize its signature 10-inch rounds baked in a brick oven in less than four minutes. There are house builds, too, including the Lineage (marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers) and Great White (extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, feta). Regardless of the route you take, you’re invited to pair the pizza with gelato or a pint of craft beer. Your Pie was founded in 2008 and operates more than 55 locations around the country. Brandon is the chain’s lone Tampa Bay outpost, with seven others found throughout the state. 125 E Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. (813) 502-6354.

Brandon diners can create the pizzas of their dreams at Your Pie, then complement them with gelato or a pint of craft beer. [Your Pie]

Globe Restaurant

Globe Restaurant focuses on crowd-pleasing American diner fare during lunch and dinner. Launched in late August, the eatery divides usual suspects into categories such as omelets, skillets, sandwiches, “fancy toast” and bowls. It stocks an assortment of baked goods as well. The best part? Globe Restaurant takes care of the vegan and vegetarian crowd through several dishes — think traditional huevos rancheros and penne covered in cashew cream marinara — not to mention the six-item vegan brunch lineup served daily. 12125 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. (727) 240-4547.

Gyro City & Seafood

Gyro City & Seafood has premiered namesake items like snow crab and gyros in the tiny town of Kenneth City. The casual restaurant, which celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 12, offers a something-for-everyone menu, showcasing Greek salad and a spicy shrimp platter alongside American hits that include cheeseburgers and buffalo wings. 4319 66th St. N, Kenneth City. (727) 544-0444.



Signage for Copa is up in St. Petersburg’s EDGE District. The lounge will take over the former space of Genaro next to the Independent Bar. According to its Facebook page, Copa specializes in wine- and beer-based cocktails as well as tapas “with an inviting atmosphere and fresh vibe.” Hookah and an upscale outdoor patio round out the main draws. 1047 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 623-9199.

Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill

The Floribbean-inspired waterfront restaurant with two Tampa Bay locations and a third in Miami will bring its latest boat-up outpost to the Manatee River. Slated to open in 2020 and the first of 20 new locations headed to Florida over the next five years, the fourth Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill will serve tropical favorites like mango-glazed scallops and gator bites throughout its indoor and outdoor dining areas. Beach access, fire pits, a tiki bar and palapas are planned for the restaurant’s 12,000-square-foot footprint as well. “Our September groundbreaking on Manatee River will be a huge step forward in the brand’s continued expansion throughout Florida,” brand manager Marty Duffany said in a statement. Whiskey Joe’s is part of the Specialty Restaurants Corp. family, which also owns another Tampa eatery: the Rusty Pelican. 5313 19th St. E, Ellenton.

Patrons gather around the tiki bar at Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill in Tampa. The waterfront restaurant's new Ellenton location will feature one of its own. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2013)]