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What’s opening in 2022? Lots of shops and restaurants new to Tampa Bay

A look at stores and restaurants opening across Tampa in the new year.
Midtown West, a new office tower in the $500 million Midtown Tampa development, will soon be home to two billion-dollar Tampa Bay companies. Several retail and restaurant openings are slated for Midtown in 2022.
Midtown West, a new office tower in the $500 million Midtown Tampa development, will soon be home to two billion-dollar Tampa Bay companies. Several retail and restaurant openings are slated for Midtown in 2022. [ Highwoods Properties ]
Published Dec. 28, 2021|Updated Dec. 29, 2021

It’s an exciting time for the shopping scene in Tampa Bay.

The surge in demand for commercial real estate lately has been “shocking,” said Paul Rutledge, the Tampa senior vice president of commercial real estate firm JLL. Retailers from out of state are trying to set up shop here in Tampa.

“Any good retailer that has the ability to open will open in Florida,” Rutledge said.

From brand new restaurants to interesting shops and wellness brands, there’s a lot on tap for 2022. Here’s a look at some openings expected to come to Tampa Bay’s retail destinations next year.

Water Street Tampa and Sparkman Wharf

The downtown Tampa development, spearheaded by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment, continues to add to its growing downtown corridor. The district is aiming to be a “city within a city” centered around wellness with a Publix Greenwise market, which opened in August, and several fitness studios set for next year.

As more apartment and office towers open ahead of Water Street’s official grand opening in 2022, locals can expect more shops too. Representatives from Vinik’s real estate firm, Strategic Property Partners, did not provide opening dates.

Chill Bros. Scoop Shop

The Tampa-based ice cream company is adding to its collection of stores already in Ybor City, SoHo and South Tampa. Using Florida milk and cream, Chill Bros. creates local flavors like Guava Pastelito, Cafe con leche chunk, orange dreamsicle and Tampa Banana.

  • Address: 1011 E Cumberland Ave.

Small Giant Bar & Restaurant + Wine on Water

These two restaurant concepts by Jennifer and Torrey Bingham, founders of Tampa-based Cru Hospitality Group, will be on the ground floor of the Cora apartment towers. Small Giant Bar & Restaurant will have craft beers, cocktails and Ohio-style pizza.

Wine on Water will have more than 500 varieties of wine and liquor, mostly small production wines. The wine bistro will also offer classes on tasting and will have an outdoor garden.

  • Address: 1011 E Cumberland Ave.
  • Expected opening: Spring
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.
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. [ Courtesy of Naked Farmer ]

Naked Farmer

The Tampa Bay fast-casual restaurant is adding a location at Water Street Tampa next year, though it was originally slated for this fall, in addition to its Sparkman Wharf restaurant. Company owners said there are plans to expand Naked Farmer across Florida. It sources its products locally, according to Naked Farmer’s website, and customers can create seasonal bowls made of vegetables and protein.

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  • Address: 1001 Water St.

Orangetheory Fitness

The fitness studio franchise based in Boca Raton is known for total-body group workouts through rowing, cardio and strength training. Orangetheory Fitness uses data from monitors to track heart rates in real time. Users can also view their progress through the gym’s app. Orangetheory Fitness also has another location nearby at the Pierhouse at Channelside.

  • Address: 1045 Cumberland Drive.

3 Corners

The Corners used to be at Sparkman Wharf and was known for its Detroit-style pizza — which has a pan-like crust, cut into squares with tomato sauce over the cheese. Soon it will have its own ground-floor restaurant and full bar in Tampa.

  • Address: 815 Water St.

Wagamama

Wagamama, inspired by Japanese ramen bars, is opening its first Florida location in Tampa. It will offer wraps, ramen, curry, plus rice and noodle dishes called donburi and teppanyaki. Other options on the menu include gyoza, Korean wings, bao buns and tuna tataki.

  • Address: 1050 Water St.
Patrons enjoy the festivities along the Sparkman Wharf on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 in Tampa.Ê
Patrons enjoy the festivities along the Sparkman Wharf on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 in Tampa.Ê [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Shortwave Coffee

This coffee shop, roastery and café is based in Columbia, Missouri. It’s a newcomer to Tampa and will be located in Sparkman Wharf. It sells espresso, breakfast, lunch and pastries.

  • Address: 615 Channelside Drive.

Noble Rice

The modern Japanese restaurant is known for flying in ingredients weekly from Japan’s famous Toyosu Market. Its original Hyde Park Tampa location closed at the onset of the pandemic and was remodeled into Koya, a tasting-menu only restaurant. But Noble Rice is expected to reopen at Sparkman Wharf in 2022 with a 100-seat indoor and outdoor space.

  • Address: 615 Channelside Drive, Suite 112

Bodyrok and The Covery

These two wellness retailers are both making their Florida debut at Sparkman Wharf. Bodyrock, a “high-intensity” Pilates studio offers 45-minute full-body cardio and strength-training classes with custom equipment.

The Covery is a Louisiana-based wellness and self-care studio with therapies like IV infusions, cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, salt-infused saunas, Ballancer Pro compression, hydrafacials, Cryoskin and more.

  • Address: 615 Channelside Drive.

MIDTOWN TAMPA

Casper Mattress is opening its first store in Tampa in the first week of 2022.
Casper Mattress is opening its first store in Tampa in the first week of 2022. [ Courtesy of Midtown Tampa ]

This mixed-use retail, dining, office and living real estate project has seen a flurry of activity this year. One of the first retailers to open in the district was REI Co-op’s first Tampa Bay store in March. Other openings included Shake Shack, a Whole Foods grocery store and the flagship cafe for Disney-World caffeine supplier Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea. More openings are coming next year.

Casper Mattress

The mattress retailer based in New York City is opening in Tampa this year with its largest store at 3,500 square feet, said Midtown Tampa spokesperson Margie Martin. This will be its first West Florida location. Shoppers can also book 30-minute “nap appointments” to test mattresses and pillows.

  • Address: 1128 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: January

Body Details

Body Details will specialize in laser treatments including hair removal, tattoo removal and fat reduction. There’s also skin rejuvenation treatments like scar reductions, laser facials and diminishing sun spots.

  • Address: 1107 Assembly Drive.
  • Expected Opening: January
Ben and Jerry's is planning to open a "scoop shop" at Midtown Tampa.
Ben and Jerry's is planning to open a "scoop shop" at Midtown Tampa. [ Ben and Jerry's ]

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Who’s ready for some Strawberry Cheesecake or Phish Food? Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are returning to Tampa Bay. One is coming to Midtown Tampa and another will open in Clearwater Beach. Both will be among the few Black-owned Ben & Jerry’s franchises in the U.S.

  • Address: 106 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: January

Royal Pets Market & Resort

In addition to its store of pet products, Royal Pets Market & Resort will have grooming, veterinary services and a daycare for dogs and cats.

  • Address: 1102 Himes Ave.
  • Expected Opening: January

William Dean Chocolates

An architectural rendering for the proposed William Dean Chocolates cafe, which will at Midtown Tampa.
An architectural rendering for the proposed William Dean Chocolates cafe, which will at Midtown Tampa. [ Courtesy of Midtown Tampa ]

From Belleair Bluffs to Tampa: William Dean Chocolates is opening its second location in the region. The local gourmet chocolatier is bringing sweet delicacies across the bay in a Parisian-like cafe that offers breakfast, lunch and obviously plenty of dessert.

  • Address: 3657 Midtown Drive.
  • Expected Opening: January
The biostation opening in Midtown will specialize in individualized age management and wellness with diagnostic testing.
The biostation opening in Midtown will specialize in individualized age management and wellness with diagnostic testing. [ Courtesy of Midtown Tampa ]

The Biostation

The biostation has locations across South Florida and is now coming to Tampa. It takes a comprehensive approach to wellness and aging through diagnostic testing. It will also offer treatments and therapies for men’s and women’s sexual health.

  • Address: 1111 Assembly Drive.
  • Expected Opening: January

Tipsy Salonbar

It’s exactly what it sounds like: A salon for hair, manicures, pedicures and eyelash extensions with a bar serving beer and wine. The company is expanding with 10 locations across Florida including Midtown, according to its website.

  • Address: 1116 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: February

Kale Me Crazy

Avocado toast anyone? Kale Me Crazy calls itself a “superfood” cafe, offering health-focused products like wraps, salads, smoothies and juices for cleanses. According to its website, it uses fresh and organic ingredients.

  • Address: 1110 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: February

Ponte Tampa

One of Tampa Bay’s most renowned chefs, Chris Ponte, is back with another restaurant. Cafe Ponte closed in 2020 due to failed lease negotiations during the pandemic. Ponte said in a press release in 2019 that Ponte Tampa’s American menu is influenced by French and Italian cuisine, and will be similar to Cafe Ponte. He’s also behind two other Tampa restaurants: Olivia and On Swann in Hyde Park Village.

  • Address: 1010 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: February

Buff City Soap

Hand soap, bath bombs and laundry soap will be handcrafted in front of shoppers’ eyes. They’ll be made of plant-based ingredients with no harsh chemicals, according to company statement. The store offers scents like black raspberry vanilla, cherry almond, fresh laundry, lavender, tobacco bay leaf, unicorns and more.

  • Address: 1130 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: February

True Food Kitchen

It’s another health-focused restaurant opening in Midtown Tampa — and it’s backed by Oprah Winfrey. True Food Kitchen has locations across 17 states and this will be the first in the Tampa Bay area. It offers vegan cheeseburgers, gluten-free shrimp tacos, poke bowls, teriyaki quinoa, edamame guacamole and more.

  • Address: 3645 Midtown Drive.
  • Expected Opening: February
A rendering of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux opening in April at Midtown Tampa.
A rendering of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux opening in April at Midtown Tampa. [ Courtesy of Midtown Tampa ]

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux is based in Baton Rouge and is bringing Louisiana-inspired food and drinks to Midtown. The sports bar chain was founded by former LSU basketball player Brandon Landry in 2003 and retired quarterback Drew Brees became a co-owner in 2015. On the menu are dishes like berry pecan salad, catfish, pasta “alfredeaux,” shrimp and grits and Mardi Gras mahi.

  • Address: 1140 Gramercy Lane
  • Expected Opening: April

Hyde Park Village, Tampa

Crowds gather at Hyde Park Village during the morning market on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in Tampa.
Crowds gather at Hyde Park Village during the morning market on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

Hyde Park Village is experiencing a renaissance during the pandemic. Sephora opened there this year, plus a boutique by singer Jessie James Decker, a quirky scoop shop OddFellows Ice Cream Co. and a Nike Live concept store. There’s more to come.

Bouzy by Cru Cellars

Bouzy is named after a French vineyard village in the Champagne region so visitors to this new Tampa wine bar can expect a menu centered around the fizzy drink. There also will be craft cocktails, small plates and pét-nats, a naturally sparkling type of wine. Bartenders will be sommelier-trained, according to a statement from Hyde Park Village, and can help customers pick from the assortment.

  • Address: 1640 W Snow Ave.

Warby Parker

The New-York based eyeglass retailer has sold glasses, sunglasses and contacts primarily online. But the brand has opened some stores, including inside Tampa’s Oxford Exchange and International Plaza. Soon, it’ll come to Hyde Park Village. The store doesn’t offer eye exams, according to Warby Parker’s website.

  • Address: 700 S Dakota Ave.
  • Expected opening: Spring

Barry’s

Barry’s, a studio with locations around the globe, is also new to Tampa. It offers high intensity interval training and strength training. The studio’s calendar will be customized to focus on a different body part each day.

  • Address: 1514 W Swann Ave.
  • Expected opening: Spring

Public Studio

Hyde House Public Studio, the coworking and event venue that opened in 2019, is expanding. It will launch a professional photography and film studio, art gallery, event space with additional coworking space. Public Studio will have a content agency for hire specializing in digital production.

  • Address: 1630 W Snow Ave.
  • Expected opening: Winter

Westshore District Marina

Tampa’s Westshore Marina District seen on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Tampa’s Westshore Marina District seen on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]

The land surrounding Gandy Bridge in Tampa is coming alive with new openings. Once an industrial area, the 52 acres of waterfront property facing the bay is now a living and retail destination in the region under the development of BTI Partners.

Marina Landings, its town center, opened this year as well as Sand Surf Co. surf shop, Duckweed Urban Grocery and Cru Cellars wine bar. Next year will be busy for Marina Landings with several more openings on the calendar.

Related: A look inside Tampa’s new Westshore Marina District

Rock It Cycle

This fitness studio based in New York City offers cycling classes with no memberships or contracts, according to a company statement. It’s described as an “industrial-luxe” studio with immersive lighting, videos and music.

  • Address: 5242 Bridge St.

Chuck Lager America’s Tavern

This casual dining restaurant from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani from “Top Chef” will feature New American cuisine. It’ll be one of the 30 restaurants and bars from the Fabio Viviani Hospitality group since 2005 The menu for Chuck Lager America’s Tavern will include gourmet burgers, flatbreads, Chuck’s citrus salmon and a shrimp diablo pappardelle pasta dish.

  • Address: 5224 Bridge St.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Based in Cincinnati, Buzzed Bull Creamery is coming to Florida. The ice cream company specializes in made-to-order, alcoholic and nonalcoholic frozen desserts with more than 30 flavors of ice cream. Buzzed Bull Creamery uses liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and milkshakes. Alcohol-infused desserts will start at 5 percent ABV. Customers will be able to build their own dessert by choosing the flavor of ice cream or sorbet base then adding a mix-in or topping.

  • Address: 5220 Bridge St.

DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar

DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar is another Florida newcomer. One side of the quick-service store will have coffees, teas, breakfast, paninis, wrap and salads while the other specializes in juices, smoothies and acai bowls.

  • Address: 5240 Bridge St.
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