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  1. All assets from St. Petersburg’s iconic Biff-Burger are set to be sold at auction next week.
  2. This photo collage (left to right) shows the Cuban sandwich on the menu at Dirty Laundry in St. Petersburg, the payphone where guests get a password and outdoor seating.
  3. A decline in frozen turkey stock and supply chain lags mean diners are likely looking at a pricier holiday meal this year.
  4. You can order a Thanksgiving meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner.
  5. For those looking to purchase locally this holiday season, artisanal bakeries like St. Petersburg's The Crumb Factory are selling gift cards and assorted holiday baskets.
  6. The Bestia pizza at Pizzeria Gregario features tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, 'nduja and arugula. The popular Safety Harbor restaurant recently reopened for limited takeout service and outdoor dining.
  7. Willa's, a new neighborhood restaurant in North Hyde Park, is one of Tampa's hottest new restaurants to open this year.
  8. Italian restaurant Timpano has reopened in Hyde Park with a new chef at the helm and an all-new menu.
  9. Tampa's Mise en Place restaurant, seen here, could be eligible for Michelin stars, but news of the guide's expansion doesn’t apply to the whole Tampa Bay region — just Tampa. That means restaurants in other culinary hotspots, like St. Petersburg and Dunedin, won’t be awarded stars at this time.
  10. Leslie Ann Ciccone, Swah-Rey's owner, is shuttering the business to continue her work with the Federal Aviation Administration.
  11. ZooTampa's new aluminum cups, which are made by the Ball Corporation, are "infinitely recyclable."
  12. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  13. 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.
  14. The Battery, a new bourbon-focused restaurant and wine bar in Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, is now open.
  15. A look at the outdoor dinning at La Croisette, 7401 Gulf Blvd, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in St Pete Beach.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Sara Fludd, owner of Pop Goes the Waffle, will open a brick-and-mortar cafe in Gulfport next year.
  19. Patrons sit in outdoor seating during dinner at Wild Child restaurant on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Inclusivitea, the new sex-friendly tea shop, is located in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Local school teachers collect cards from students for first responders on 9/11.
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