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  1. Signs at The Island Flavors & Tings booth at the St. Pete Pier Marketplace, 800 2nd Ave NE, on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Since the St. Pete Pier opened more than a year ago, Island Flavors & Tings owner Helena Josephs has seen foot traffic grow at her Gulfport restaurant.
  2. The menu at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House has been completely overhauled and includes new dishes like shrimp and grits, pictured here. The restaurant, along with nearby spots Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar and Alto Mare Fish Bar, were recently purchased by new hospitality group Volet Hospitality, which has big plans for the Beach Drive NE restaurants.
  3. Oktoberfest celebrations start this week in the Tampa Bay area.
  4. The Afterholic Speakeasy's “Haunted Tavern” in Ybor City.
  5. The Chicharron sandwich served at Meanchi's Peruvian Inspired Sandwiches features roasted and fried pork shoulder, salsa criolla and fried sweet potatoes on a roll.
  6. Imagine the bliss of a spacious restaurant at 3 p.m., like Ulele in Tampa.
  7. Local school teachers collect cards from students for first responders on 9/11.
  8. A performer is seen inside of new Howl-O-Scream haunted house The Forgotten during dress rehearsal night on Wednesday in Tampa.
  9. Jambalaya is served at Bayou Bodega, a new Davis Islands restaurant in Tampa with a focus on natural wine and Creole and Caribbean fare.
  10. Sunday, Sept. 5 The 10th Annual Ford International Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City built what it claims is the world’s longest Cuban sandwich, coming in at a whopping 240 feet long. The sandwich will feed around 500 people in the area experiencing homelessness.
  11. Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters is opening in downtown's One Tampa City Center, the owner said. Plans are set for a December opening
  12. A pumpkin spice latte from Spaddy's Coffee Co. in Tampa.
  13. A new lineup of restaurant partners and signature dishes from Legends Hospitality are now on the menu at Raymond James Stadium.
  14. Amorino Gelato is coming to Tampa Bay with its first Florida boutique located at International Plaza's Bay Street in September.
  15. Peruvian-born Christian Salinas, 46, opens a new restaurant this week at a Marathon gas station in Riverview, replacing an old Subway location. Salinas also has a food truck and a free-standing restaurant.
  16. Lee Williams, in a photo from 2007, was the second generation to run Felton's Market in Plant City. “He knew how to talk with his meat cutters, he knew how to talk with the customer and ask what are you making? How are you going to be making this? At what temperature? What are you serving it with?" said niece Kayla Davis. "And it’s amazing because the guy couldn’t fry an egg.”
  17. Italian restaurant BellaBrava is now open at Midtown Tampa.
  18. Yellow-eye snapper is served over pea puree with Calabrian chile oil at Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria, a new restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.
  19. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
  20. Russian restaurant Babushka's, pictured here in an artist's rendering, will open inside the former Boca space in South Tampa as early as next month. The restaurant will serve traditional Russian dishes in an upscale setting.
  21. Fans at Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow watch the show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 4, 2019. Concert promoter Live Nation, which produces shows at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, has announced that anyone attending or working at Live Nation events will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test starting Oct. 4.
  22. Tampa's Busch Gardens is set to be Chick-fil-A's first Florida theme park location.
  23. People gather outside the much-anticipated Publix GreenWise Market, at 555 Channelside Drive in Tampa, moments before the store’s grand opening at 7:00 am on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.
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