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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. 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.
  3. Mapo tofu is served at Flaming Mountain, a new Chinese restaurant and skewer bar in Tampa.
  4. 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.
  5. Red Mesa Mercado, at 1100 First Ave. N, is opening a second location in west St. Petersburg, inside the old Two Graces spot.
  6. Kosen, a new high-end Japanese omakase restaurant, will open in Tampa Heights this winter.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. Two Graces in St. Petersburg is being sold to new owners and has closed.
  10. Two deaths in Florida have been linked to raw oysters from Louisiana.
  11. A Connecticut-style lobster roll, dressed in warm butter, is served at Lucky Lobster Co. in Dunedin.
  12. St. Petersburg's Baum Ave Market has closed and a boutique hotel is now planed for the space at 1113 Central Ave.
  13. Punky’s Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg closed its doors for good Wednesday, the LGBTQ-owned business announced on social media. The bar and restaurant, located at 3063 Central Ave N in the Grand Central District, opened in December 2015 and quickly became a popular destination in the neighborhood.
  14. The Salty Donut is opening two locations in Tampa in early 2023 — one in Hyde Park Village and one in Seminole Heights.
  15. Help ease the pain of inflation and keep money in your wallet by using some of these deals we've found in the Tampa Bay area.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
  16. Klondike has announced it's discontinuing the Choco Taco.
  17. A tuna steak is served at Sol St. Pete Bistro, a new farm-to-table restaurant in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District.
  18. Backfin Blue Cafe in Gulfport has closed.
  19. Tatiana Cruz (pictured here) and her husband, Mario, took advantage of their love of fishing and the pandemic to create an organization that benefits Hispanics in the sport of kayak fishing.
  20. Ash, a new Italian-inspired restaurant from chef Ferrell Alvarez and Proper House Group, will open in spring 2023 at Water Street Tampa.
  21. If your father loves meat, take him to Eddie V's for an 11-ounce Wagyu steak for Father's Day.
  22. Ferrell Alvarez, right, awaits the Michelin announcements Thursday in Orlando.
  23. A Gorgonzola salad is served at Bonu' Taverna, a new Italian restaurant in St. Petersburg.
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