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  1. Willa's, a new neighborhood restaurant in North Hyde Park, is one of Tampa's hottest new restaurants to open this year.
  2. The McDonald's restaurant, at 347 S Gulfview Blvd on Clearwater Beach, is among the “nonstandard” locations.
  3. Red Tide fish kills have been heavy near the St. Pete Pier, where restaurants like Doc Ford's are faced with customers increasingly weary about waterfront dining.
  4. A seafood case filled with grouper, snapper and tile fish at Wild Seafood at Johns Pass Boardwalk in Madeira Beach. Most of the local fish sold in restaurants and seafood markets is fished far offshore and safe to eat despite the ongoing Red Tide, experts say.
  5. A Jungle Prada burger is served at Kuba Cocina in St. Pete Beach, one of several hot new restaurant openings this year.
  6. Slow-cooked oxtail with rice and peas and sweet plantains is served at Irie Mon Jamaican Grill, one of several restaurants at 22 South, the new food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg.
  7. Fresh-baked Cuban bread is coming to St. Petersburg this fall when iconic Tampa Bay bakery La Segunda opens on 4th Street N.
  8. St. Petersburg Puerto Rican restaurant WEPA has closed permanently.
  9. Coors Light Champions Ice was brewed using ice shavings scraped up by Tampa Bay Lightning players during Game 1.
  10. Miki Sudo, 35, and fiance Nick Wehry, 32, are internationally renowned competitive eaters. They moved to the Tampa Bay area earlier this year.
  11. People wait in line outside of Coney Island Sandwich Shop, while (center) Alan Rosetti sits and talks with owner Hank Barlas during the 90th anniversary celebration on Saturday November 19, 2016. The restaurant has been closed since March, but Barlas — now 85 — says he still hopes to reopen his iconic St. Petersburg restaurant.
  12. Octopus has surged in popularity in recent years and can now be found on menus all over the Tampa Bay area, including a version shown above, served at Fado, a new Portuguese restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  13. Naked Farmer, a Tampa Bay-based fast-casual restaurant, has plans to expand across the state with up to 20 locations planned within the next three to four years.
  14. Max Gutierrez, a bartender at 'No Vacancy' in St. Petersburg, became the subject of a viral tweet last week for his disguised note aiding customers.
  15. Cephas Gilbert poses for a portrait on his farm in Tampa.
  16. Mee ae Wolney poses in front of her restaurant Anju in St. Petersburg where Korean-fried chicken wings are the speciality. Wolney said the price for chicken — and chicken wings in particular — has more than doubled since last year, forcing her to raise some of her prices at the restaurant. It's a familiar conundrum many restaurant owners are facing right now: raise their costs for customers or sweat the margin crunch.
  17. In celebration of its 94th birthday, 7-Eleven is extending Free Slurpee Day to an entire month this year.
  18. Paulina Gervasi runs the popular popup Le Clementine Bakeshop and will be selling her fresh-baked croissants at Pete’s Bagels when it opens next month in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  19. The new VelociCoaster ride opened Thursday.
  20. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the grand opening of Shake Shack at Midtown Tampa on Monday, June 7, 2021.
  21. Jaila Johnson, 26, with Take Flight Dance Studio participates in the Jerusalema challenge –– a dance routine from Africa that went viral on social media during the June 5 Saturday Shoppe held at Tropicana parking lot number 4.
  22. Firefighters tackle flames at Duffy's Sports Grill in Tampa on Monday night. Damage to the entry area and from smoke and water throughout was estimated at $85,000.
  23. Fado, a new restaurant in St. Petersburg, serves traditional Portuguese fare like this polvo a lagareiro, a broiled octopus dish served with olive oil-drizzled vegetables and potatoes.
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