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  1. The new VelociCoaster ride opened Thursday.
  2. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the grand opening of Shake Shack at Midtown Tampa on Monday, June 7, 2021.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Kuba Cocina, from chef Felicia Lacalle, is now open in St. Pete Beach.
  7. Chef Mario Carbone at his restaurant, Carbone, in Miami Beach.
  8. Il Ritorno's David Benstock beat Bobby Flay on the celebrity chef's culinary competition show Thursday evening.
  9. The new Cru Cellars opened last week in the Westshore Marina District in Tampa. Billed as a "wine restaurant," Cru Westshore Marina is currently serving coffee and pastries in the morning and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, with eventual plans to add brunch and lunch.
  10. Elijah and Ashley Durham run the Tarpon Springs food truck SOL Burger. They are suing the city over what they say is an unconstitutional ban prohibiting them from operating in some busy downtown areas.
  11. Jessica Glockson, 31, delivers beers to customers at The Galley in St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 15. The downtown St. Petersburg bar and restaurant is one of several businesses in the Tampa Bay area to drop their mask requirements for employees and customers following last week's announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  12. “Not Your Average Avocado Toast” is served at Sammy + Paco’s, a new bakery and cafe from the owners of Lolita's Wine Market in St. Petersburg. The dish features crispy prosciutto, burrata, avocado mash, tomato confit, red radishes and Calabrian chili oil on marble rye.
  13. Taco Bus founder Rene Valenzuela poses for a portrait at his taco truck Rene's Mexican Kitchen in Tampa.
  14. Chef Rick "Ricky P" Parsons serves up a Louisiana feast during his monthly crawfish boil at the Big Catch at Salt Creek In St. Petersburg. It's crawfish season and a number of Tampa Bay restaurants and chefs are celebrating the tradition with weekly boils.
  15. Big Storm Brewing Co.  plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in the Centro Ybor building by the end of the year.
  16. David Benstock, executive chef and owner of Il Ritorno in St. Petersburg, will compete on an episode of culinary competition show "Beat Bobby Flay" that airs on May 20.
  17. Chocolate and raspberries make French toast even more of a treat for Mother's Day. Here are 30 suggestions on where to find a no-cook meal for mom.
  18. Pete's General is expanding with a new location at 2361 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg.
  19. Lan Mai of Shokkan Sushi preps his station with toasted coconut at 22 South, the new food hall opening April 30 inside the newly renovated historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg. At his restaurant, Mai will serve sushi, poke bowls and burritos.
  20. 22 South, the new food hall inside the newly renovated historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg, opens April 30.
  21. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  22. Smoked fish dip is served with toasted bread, lemon and hot sauce at the new and revived Corner Club at 1502 E Sligh Ave. in Tampa. The beloved Seminole Heights dive bar closed down last year and has reopened under new ownership.
  23. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year. From Angela's Pizza, it has a white garlic sauce base, topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. Garnished with ranch and dill seasoning after it comes out of the oven.
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