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  1. October 4 is National Taco Day. A number of Tampa Bay area businesses are offering deals and special menu items for the occasion.
  2. Staff and volunteers working with the relief organization World Central Kitchen have delivered tens of thousands of meals to communities impacted by Hurricane Ian in the days following the storm.
  3. Disaster Program Manager Bill Egerton explains features including storage containing PPE and food distribution materials within their emergency response vehicle at the American Red Cross in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. This vehicle will be deployed to Florida on Monday to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
  4. Bruce Myers cleans up the Dolphin Reef condominium building in Indian Rocks Beach on Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian passed through. The building had no real damage, just fallen palm fronds. “We lucked out,” he said.
  5. Raymond Moré was a third-generation owner of La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City. He is pictured in this Times archive photo with loaves of his family's Cuban bread.
  6. Focaccia bread made from scratch
  7. Brothers Steven, Paul, and Vinny DeCosmo pose for a portrait during a soft opening at the new DeCosmo Italian Market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
  8. Fortu is an Asian steakhouse coming to St. Petersburg's Beach Drive and Central Avenue in early 2023.
  9. Mapo tofu is served at Flaming Mountain, a new Chinese restaurant and skewer bar in Tampa.
  10. This rendering shows a room in the Tampa Edition hotel, scheduled for a soft opening Sept. 20.
  11. A lobster fisherman drops an undersized lobster into the water while fishing Thursday off of Kennebunkport, Maine. Hello Fresh and Blue Apron have pulled lobster from their menus after a warning about the dangers lobster harvesting poses to whales.
  12. Beerbusters Movie Bar, which opened Sept. 1 in Pinellas Park, is a tribute to the Blockbuster Video store.
  13. Tabitha Crewe of Palm Harbor protests last month in Dunedin outside her former employer, the Black Pearl, over a new pay structure that switches servers from tipped employees to commission-based employees. Instead of tips, waiters get a flat 20% commission and $1-an-hour wage.
  14. Red Mesa Mercado, at 1100 First Ave. N, is opening a second location in west St. Petersburg, inside the old Two Graces spot.
  15. Kosen, a new high-end Japanese omakase restaurant, will open in Tampa Heights this winter.
  16. Allelo, a new restaurant from the team behind 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, will open next month in the building formerly home to Annata and Alto Mare.
  17. Dunedin's Bon Appetit is in the process of being sold to the group that runs Crabby Bill's restaurants. [Courtesy of Bon Appetit Restaurant]
  18. Kathy Custode, 58, smiles while talking with a few of her regular customers as she waits tables at Kissin' Cuzzins, 951 34th St N, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Custode has worked at the restaurant for 41 years. On left is Dru Brooks, 67, and her husband Danny Brooks, 68.
  19. Two Graces in St. Petersburg is being sold to new owners and has closed.
  20. Two deaths in Florida have been linked to raw oysters from Louisiana.
  21. Lucas Ebert holds up a freshly gathered scallop while on a chartered boat trip with tourists in Crystal River on Aug. 8.
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