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Tampa events venue opens drive-in takeout hub for local food trucks

Purchases made by the public at Tampa Carryout will help provide a free meal to first responders and health care personnel.
Tampa Carryout has brought a rotating lineup of food trucks to Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa.
Tampa Carryout has brought a rotating lineup of food trucks to Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Tabellas at Delaney Creek ]
Published Apr. 1, 2020

An outdoor events space in Tampa has made grabbing some grub to-go from local restaurants-on-wheels a little bit easier during the coronavirus crisis.

A collaborative drive-in food truck outpost, dubbed Tampa Carryout, launched at Tabellas at Delaney Creek last week. This new addition to the venue at 5818 Causeway Blvd. aims to up the convenience of takeout for the public with different mobile kitchens parked in one place — and to feed first responders and health care personnel.

According to a news release from Tabellas, the public’s purchases will help provide a free meal to the folks who are on the front lines of the pandemic.

“We launched Tampa Carryout at Tabellas to give food trucks the opportunity to provide free meals for first responders and medical workers while also being able to offer their top dishes to the public for purchase/carryout,” said Tabellas marketing and events manager Tess Hipp in an email to the Times. “The concept is very safe, contactless and convenient.”

Tampa Carryout features a rotating lineup of food trucks, which serve up their regular menu items alongside family-style offerings. Five participated last week for the outpost’s launch. This week will bring two: Station House BBQ and new soup and sandwich slinger the Shred 813.

Here’s how it works: Order online at tampacarryout.com or by phone (each mobile kitchen’s number is listed on the website), then roll into the Tampa Carryout drive-through for pickup. You can also place a to-go request on site without leaving your vehicle.

To land a free meal, health care personnel and first responders must order over the phone, mention where they work and arrive in uniform.

“We are hoping to continue this as long as food trucks are wanting to give back and as long as there is a demand for it. We fed nearly 100 first responders last week,” Hipp said.

Tampa Carryout is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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