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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Caddy’s, Tarpon Springs Distillery

Plus, two big food projects slated for 2021.
Treasure Island is home to the flagship Caddy's outpost. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2009)]

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Caddy’s

The sixth Tampa Bay location for Caddy’s is here. Breathing fresh life into the strip-center space previously occupied by Silas Dent’s Steakhouse in St. Pete Beach, the restaurant and bar known for casual dishes and drinks features the same atmosphere as its siblings, according to a news release, including live music and waterfront dining. You can enjoy views of Boca Ciega Bay while munching on everything from grouper nuggets to pork belly tacos. Treasure Island is home to the flagship Caddy’s outpost, opened in 2015, while the others are found in St. Petersburg, Indian Shores, Bradenton and Gulfport. Parent company Sunpubs also owns MacDinton’s and Yard of Ale, both of which have St. Pete and Tampa locations. 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 223-6166. caddys.com.

Twisted Turtle Bar & Grill

This Carrollwood spot formally debuted on Valentine’s Day where Cayman Cove closed last year. Billed as a beach-themed bar and grill, Twisted Turtle does chicken and duck wings and several kinds of burgers, plus sandwiches, bowls, tacos, flatbreads and additional laid-back bites. Craft beer and a list of rum cocktails complement the food. 11742 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 443-8258. twistedturtlebar.com.

Pete’s Poke & Sushi

Slightly hidden behind a 7-Eleven, Pete’s Poke & Sushi focuses on exactly what its name suggests. The restaurant serves sashimi, nigiri and a variety of rolls like American Maki (barbecued eel, cucumber and cream cheese topped with more barbecued eel, roe and eel sauce) alongside build-your-own poke bowls in relaxed, cozy digs. Sit in the dining room or at the sushi bar. 14995 Gulf Blvd., Unit J, Madeira Beach. (727) 800-9228.

Tarpon Springs Distillery

Here’s a neat place to try artisanal spirits “accented with a Florida flair,” according to the Tarpon Springs Distillery website. Owned by husband-and-wife team Barry and Lisa Butler, the craft distillery commemorated its grand opening in the former Stephen Katzaras Sponge Company warehouse on Jan. 17. This newcomer produces three core brands on site at the moment: Gramling Woods High Rye Moonshine, Papou’s Ouzo and Anclote Very Small Batch Gin. You’re invited to sample, purchase and learn the process behind each spirit Thursday through Sunday, when the distillery offers hourly tours and tastings. 605 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. (727) 940-2045. tarponspringsdistillery.net.

Chocolate Pi

The neighborhood dessert shop has moved from South Tampa to Seminole Heights. Reopened next to Ichicoro Ramen earlier this month, Chocolate Pi founder and pastry chef Kim Yelvington and her daughter Jade carry cakes and pies by the slice, French-style macarons and ice creams in flavors such as Thai tea. Look forward to a lineup of specialty coffee and house-made soda on the beverage side. 5207 N Florida Ave., Tampa. sweetchocolatepi.com.

Cali Cafe

Fuel up at this small Colombian eatery, whether you’re craving something sweet or savory. Featuring an affordable menu, Cali Cafe slings made-to-order hot and iced coffee drinks, as well as freshly baked breads and pastries like guava and cheese empanadas, sweet corn arepas, muffins, meat-filled potato balls and doughnuts. 10010 U.S. 301 S, Riverview. (813) 871-0791.

COMING SOON

BellaBrava

BellaBrava is expanding across the bay. The popular downtown St. Petersburg Italian restaurant will open as part of the mixed-used development Midtown Tampa early next year. Slated to fill a 4,500-square-foot space at the main entrance off Cypress Street, BellaBrava’s second location plans to churn out its signature selection of New World Italian eats, among them pasta, Sicilian flatbreads, Tuscan-inspired burgers, seafood and pizza. Expect a setting smaller than St. Pete’s, but one with a large bar and an outdoor patio. BellaBrava first premiered on Central Avenue in 2005 and relocated five years later to Beach Drive. The restaurant is the brainchild of 2B Hospitality, which also runs neighboring modern American restaurant Stillwaters Tavern. bellabrava.com.

Related: Midtown Tampa adds another restaurant: a second location for St. Petersburg’s BellaBrava
BellaBrava, downtown St. Petersburg's beloved Italian restaurant, will launch a second location at Midtown Tampa in early 2021. [Courtesy of Walker Brands]

Central Park Food Hall

Central Park Food Hall will bring a three-story multivendor food court, restaurant and rooftop event space to downtown St. Petersburg. This ambitious project is the brainchild of owner Natalia Levey and is projected to arrive by summer 2021. Speaks Clam Bar, Levey’s speakeasy-themed seafood and Italian eatery with locations in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, will occupy the second floor, while a bar and a food court showcasing multiple concepts and a health-minded focus take over the bottom level. Another yet-to-be-named restaurant from Levey will join the event space on the third floor. 551 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Related: A third food hall is planned for St. Petersburg

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