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  1. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  2. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  3. The Battery, a new bourbon-focused restaurant and wine bar in Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, is now open.
  4. A look at the outdoor dinning at La Croisette, 7401 Gulf Blvd, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in St Pete Beach.
  5. At Pho 813 in South Tampa, restaurant manager Richard May activates a robot server to deliver food to a customer. The restaurant is the first in the Tampa Bay area to start using robots to address staffing shortages.
  6. The sculpture of Walt Disney in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The castle got a major makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary and there are loads of attractions opening to mark the Oct. 1 anniversary.
  7. Sara Fludd, owner of Pop Goes the Waffle, will open a brick-and-mortar cafe in Gulfport next year.
  8. Patrons sit in outdoor seating during dinner at Wild Child restaurant on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Inclusivitea, the new sex-friendly tea shop, is located in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Local school teachers collect cards from students for first responders on 9/11.
  13. Jambalaya is served at Bayou Bodega, a new Davis Islands restaurant in Tampa with a focus on natural wine and Creole and Caribbean fare.
  14. A new lineup of restaurant partners and signature dishes from Legends Hospitality are now on the menu at Raymond James Stadium.
  15. Italian restaurant BellaBrava is now open at Midtown Tampa.
  16. 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.
  17. Busch Gardens has brought back Bier Fest for its fourth round, with food, beer and cocktails offered at stations across the park.
  18. 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.
  19. Dunedin's The Nest, a new cocktail lounge from the team behind Caracara, features a French colonial-themed food and drink menu.
  20. Liaza Brauer and Bailee Johnson assemble meals at Poppo's Taqueria in St. Petersburg. The chain is set to open another location in downtown Tampa on Aug. 16.
  21. Irwin Scheineson, 65, and Denise Scheineson, 59, enjoy dinner and cocktails at the Beach Bistro in Anna Maria Island on Aug. 7. Guests making reservations at the restaurant are first asked if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before their reservation is booked.
  22. Cake designer and Wandering Whisk Bakeshop owner Jennifer Jacobs' recipe for Mini Piña Colada Pavlovas is easy to replicate at home.
  23. After abruptly closing last week, 22 South — the food hall inside the historic Manhattan Casino — will reopen after all.
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