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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Grain & Berry, Mahana Fresh

There are also new spots for ramen and Korean barbecue, plus Cigar City Brewing’s Spruce Street taproom got a makeover.
Grain & Berry's namesake acai bowl, left, features organic granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter, Nutella and coconut flakes. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times (2018)]


Grain & Berry

Riverview has scored the latest location for this Florida superfood cafe. Started in Palm Harbor in 2017, Grain & Berry commemorates the ninth store’s grand opening Feb. 15 with six days of deals, starting with a giveaway for the first guest on Feb. 15 to order a bowl: one free bowl once a week for a year. The next 99 customers that day who make a bowl purchase will receive one free bowl once a month for a year. Grain & Berry specializes in signature acai bowls with names like Chillin’ and Good Karma, plus spirulina, pitaya, kale and yogurt bowls. The health-minded menu also offers fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, avocado toast and international coffees. With additional outposts in the Tampa area, Trinity, Key West and Ocoee, the cafe is bringing more Tampa Bay locations to New Tampa (shooting for an April premiere) and St. Petersburg (fall, depending on construction). 12953 U.S. 301 S, Unit 103, Riverview. (813) 284-5478.

Started in Palm Harbor in 2017, Grain & Berry serves a health-minded menu driven by acai bowls. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times (2018)]

Mahana Fresh

This tropical fast-casual restaurant celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 8. Build-your-own bowls loaded with seven bases, six veggies, six proteins, four sauces and five add-ons, including Mediterranean tomatoes and roasted almonds, are the main event. With another existing restaurant in Bradenton, Mahana Fresh plans to launch locations in Idaho, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Colorado and Boca Raton, according to its website. A Brandon restaurant is also headed for 2420 W Brandon Blvd. this spring. 17512 Dona Michelle Drive, Suite I, Tampa. (727) 238-9967.

Mahana Fresh, a recent fast-casual arrival in Tampa, focuses on build-your-own bowls. [Courtesy of Chris Fasick]

Cigar City Brewing’s Spruce Street taproom

Cigar City Brewing has made some significant changes to the tasting room on Spruce Street. Not long after the debut of its taproom at Amalie Arena, the award-winning Tampa brewery took to Facebook to unveil its home base’s revamped tasting room. “New Taproom, who’s this? Come check out our newly renovated Spruce Street Taproom before our Grand Opening!” Cigar City posted Jan. 31. The announcement, full of photos of the updated space, added that the taproom features 24 draft lines, a full-service kitchen, brewery tours, merchandise, packaged beer to go and a private event space. According to Cigar City’s website, the kitchen complements the beer list with a selection of Tampa-inspired eats. 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa. (813) 348-6363.

Related: Tampa’s New World Brewery reopening in new location next week

New World Brewery

Locals who’ve been missing the famous pizza that this popular joint was known for slinging in Ybor City are in luck. New World Brewery reopens at its new Tampa location near Busch Boulevard Feb. 12 with an expanded food menu. Led by chef Michael Ayoub, formerly of the Refinery and Fodder & Shine, the grub includes a bigger array of salads, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees. New World manager Dean Rosenberger told the Times that the neighborhood hangout and live music venue, which closed in Ybor in 2017 after more than two decades, plans to resume weekend brunch soon. 810 E Skagway Ave., Tampa.

Plenty of familiar decor lines the walls of New World Brewery's new Tampa location, which will debut on Feb. 12. [JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times]

Otsuka Ramen & Bar

Head to Otsuka Ramen & Bar for Japanese favorites, including more than 10 kinds of the namesake menu item. Pick from bowls like spicy tonkotsu or the vegetarian Nagoya tonkotsu, in addition to specialty ramens that showcase both pork and chicken broth and a customizable option with a choice of protein and heat level. Gyoza, a pork chashu bowl and karaage are among the other dishes mingling with the eatery’s hot and cold sake, bottled beer and house wine. 6800 N Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 190, Tampa. (813) 252-7411.

JinJu Korean Grill & Sushi

Next door to a nail salon, this sleek restaurant recently opened with a good-sized lineup and plenty of seating. Makimono and specialty rolls, nigiri and dishes such as japchae (clear sweet potato noodles stir-fried with vegetables and sliced beef), seafood pancake and bibimbap (grilled beef and assorted veggies and egg served over rice) are on hand. If you go the Korean barbecue route, you can grill marinated meats like pork belly and brisket at your table. 2700 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 592-1400.

Grumpy Gringo

Grumpy Gringo has expanded to downtown St. Petersburg. In the former Burrito Boarder space, the casual Mexican restaurant’s second location does favorites that include burritos, tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos featuring your desired meat or veg-friendly alternative — think Mexican-style portobello or zucchini. Draft brews are poured, too. The first St. Pete location for Grumpy Gringo debuted on 22nd Avenue N last year. 17 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 209-0202.

La Dolce Vita

This stylish South Tampa spot, opened where So Gourmet used to be, serves all sorts of Italian classics for lunch and dinner. Presented in a cozy setting, there’s everything from panini and margherita pizza to veal marsala and pasta to pair with a glass of wine or two. Dine inside or out on the front patio. 3310 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 488-9005.

Other openings: Clean Juice (Hyde Park Village), Ding Tea (1518 E Fowler Ave. and 2202 W Waters Ave., Tampa), Poke Burri (Tampa)