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Where to go for New Year’s Day brunch in Tampa Bay

Plus, Two Henrys Brewing Company in Plant City has rebranded, and winemaker Paul Hobbs will join Ybor City’s Columbia Restaurant for dinner.
Expect an la carte brunch spread on New Year's Day at Bizou Brasserie in Tampa.
Expect an la carte brunch spread on New Year's Day at Bizou Brasserie in Tampa. [ Tampa Bay Times (2014) ]
Published Dec. 24, 2019

HANGOVER HELPER: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH

After all that New Year’s Eve revelry, recover at these area restaurants and bars on Wednesday with a bite to eat. Maybe even another drink. (Hey, it’s brunch, after all.)

Bizou Brasserie: The chic restaurant inside the Le Méridien hotel serves an a la carte brunch, which features Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. Reservations are required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 601 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 227-9555. bizoutampa.com.

Boca: The regular brunch menu is paired with $15 bottomless mimosas and $20 bottomless Bloody Marys. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations. bocakbm.com.

Dog Bar: If you’re looking for more of a liquid meal, this mashup of a neighborhood dog park and watering hole brings a $5 Bloody Mary bar. The Grateful Dogs hot dog food truck is also on site. Seems fitting. Noon. 2300 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 317-4968. dogbarstpete.com.

Independent Bar and Cafe: Don’t miss this R&B brunch party offering a playful menu of grub, including the Sadé Parfait (house-made coconut yogurt, granola, balsamic strawberries) and Boys II Hen (chicken schniztel, cornmeal biscuit, jalapeno-infused maple syrup). A bottomless mimosa bar and sake Bloody Marys accompany a DJ spinning live tunes to match the theme. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 5016 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 341-4883. independentbartampa.com.

Seminole Heights hangout the Independent Bar and Cafe will host an R&B brunch party on New Year's Day.
Seminole Heights hangout the Independent Bar and Cafe will host an R&B brunch party on New Year's Day. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times (2010) ]

International Beer Garten: The laid-back craft beer bar takes advantage of New Year’s Day coinciding with National Bloody Mary Day with $5 house Bloody Marys and Bloody Marias. 3 p.m. 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Lutz. (813) 749-0884. ibgtampabay.com.

Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria: Opening early, this inventive sandwich shop presents its full menu, plus $4 mimosas, bellinis and signature teamosas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2950 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 873-6992. pompomsstpete.com.

Nueva Cantina: Start with your pick from the $12 deal on unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys and sangrias, then move into the all-you-can-eat buffet of favorites like huevos rancheros enchiladas (!) and sage biscuits with chorizo gravy. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1625 4th St S, St. Petersburg. (727) 851-9579. nuevacantina.com.

Steelbach: Flock to this sophisticated Armature Works restaurant for the regular brunch menu. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 1902 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 693-5478. steelbach.com.

SNEAK PEEK: COCKTAIL POPUP

Related: Fly Bar and Restaurant reveals new location just outside downtown Tampa

Speaking of brunch, you might need some after the Cocktail Popup. Fly Bar & Restaurant is set to preview its jazz-inspired cocktail menu on New Year’s Eve, taking over Hotel Bar to showcase what to expect when it reopens soon. A staple in downtown Tampa since launching in 2006, Fly closed last year after co-owner Leslie Shirah Culbreath sold its original Franklin Street location. The craft cocktail hub with eclectic American dishes will live on in a new space on W Kennedy Boulevard not far from the original. Free, food and drink additional. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday. 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. flybarandrestaurant.com.

LET IT GROW: AGRARIAN ALE + CIDER

Two Henrys Brewing Company has become Keel Farms Agrarian Ale + Cider. Around since 2013, the brewery at Plant City’s Keel Farms specializing in beer and cider took to its Facebook page to announce the rebrand. “The rebranding focuses keenly on the agrarian quality of Keel Farms’ handcrafted creations as they are cultivated ‘of the land,’” reads the Dec. 12 post. “Things will look different, but even as the Keel team continues innovating and trying new flavors, your tried-and-true favorites will remain the same.” Locals got to sample the new creations of Agrarian Ale + Cider, which shares a tasting room with Keel & Curley Winery, earlier this month at a three-day launch event. Go try them yourself. 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. (813) 752-9100. keelfarms.com.

CHARDON-HEEEY: PAUL HOBBS WINE DINNER

Mark your calendar: Columbia Restaurant Group President Richard Gonzmart plans to team up with acclaimed winemaker Paul Hobbs for a five-course wine dinner. Seven of Hobb’s most beloved wines, among them the 2018 CrossBarn Chardonnay and 2017 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, will be in the spotlight during this intimate meal at the original Columbia in Ybor City. The visit marks his only scheduled Florida appearance next year, and the kickoff to some monthly wine and spirits dinners designed to celebrate the Columbia’s 115th anniversary. The owner and winemaker behind California wineries Paul Hobbs Winery and CrossBarn, Hobbs is often called the “Steve Jobs of wine” and was named Wine Personality of the Year twice by influential wine critic Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate. For reservations to the wine dinner, call or email colybor@columbiarestaurant.com. Seating is limited. $350. 6 p.m. Jan. 19. 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 248-4961. columbiarestaurant.com.

NEW BEGINNING: MOVING ON PARTY

Related: Community Cafe to be ‘kicked out’ of Central Avenue location

With a fresh start on the horizon, Grand Central District restaurant Community Cafe says farewell to its first location in St. Petersburg at the Moving On Party. The celebration promises discounted food, raffles for prizes and live music, and comes on the heels of a decision by the restaurant’s landlord to not renew the lease. In November, Community Cafe owner Mandy Keyes told the Tampa Bay Times she didn’t expect issues in renegotiating her lease. “There were no indications of this,” Keyes said. “We have been talking about just the opposite. We were going to stay and expand, not be kicked out.” The restaurant, which opened six years ago, was looking for a new home at the time and is now “hoping to hear confirmation on the new space VERY soon,” according to a Dec. 15 update on Facebook. Those who’d like to chip in with the relocation costs can do so through GoFundMe. 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday. 2444 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 222-6979. communitycafestpete.com.

Patrons eat lunch and cool off at St. Petersburg's Community Cafe during the 2017 Pride street festival.
Patrons eat lunch and cool off at St. Petersburg's Community Cafe during the 2017 Pride street festival. [ LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times (2017) ]