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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Hungry Greek in downtown Tampa, Safety Harbor's Nona Slice House

The Hungry Greek, recently opened in downtown Tampa, discounts its gyros to $4.99 every Tuesday. Need we say more? [Chris Fasick]
Published Jun. 30


The Hungry Greek

Downtown Tampa has scored its own Hungry Greek. With a presence in Westchase, Wesley Chapel, Carrollwood and Land O'Lakes, the fast-casual franchise recently opened a fifth Tampa Bay location on the Element apartment tower's ground floor. Its menu includes dishes such as rice bowls and stuffed pita, as well as meals that include chicken souvlaki or spinach pie served with Greek salad and bread. The next Hungry Greek is headed for 23651 State Road 54 in Lutz. 808 N Franklin St., Suite 107B, Tampa. (813) 443-2251.

Sea Dog Pub

Beantown Pub South, which in 2018 took over the downtown St. Petersburg space where Rattle N Hum used to be, has rebranded as Sea Dog Pub. "The owners are extremely excited to be joining forces with this national brand and showcasing the same great brews and food that Sea Dog has to offer while still maintaining the relationships and quality service that we are known for," reads the announcement posted to Beantown Pub South's Facebook page on June 18. "Same faces, just a whole new look!" Founded in Maine 26 years ago, Sea Dog Brewing Co. operates two more outposts locally in Clearwater and Treasure Island. 29 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 685-0722.

Mi Viejo Latin Cafe and Catering

A large lineup drives this laid-back Latin joint that also caters private events. Sandwiches, build-your-own omelets and toasts are among the breakfast options, followed by combination plates (one entree, two sides) and more sandwiches during lunch and dinner. Other highlights are empanadas, devil crab, Cuban tamales and croquetas. On the drink side, choose from favorites like a colada or cafe con leche. 6002 N U.S. 41, Apollo Beach. (813) 803-8223.

The Nona Slice House

Owner and head pizzaiolo Jamie Culliton, who has 25 years of pizza experience and has won two gold medals at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy, is behind this newcomer in downtown Safety Harbor. The Nona Slice House churns out meat and veggie slices of the day while specializing in three styles built on house-made dough: New York, Detroit and the "original American style" that the restaurant calls "Olde World." No matter which route you take, the Nona Slice House showcases a mix of classic and inventive pie mashups, including the sauceless Ginny (shredded mozzarella and white cheddar blend, sliced bratwurst, sauerkraut and a side of curry ketchup) and El Diablo (mozzarella, Peppadew peppers, soppressata, local hot honey drizzle, ricotta, crushed red pepper and basil). Garlic knots, grilled caprese sandwiches and baked wings are even on hand to ensure pizzeria nirvana. The Nona Slice House is named after Culliton's kids, Noah and Naomi. 997 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 351-7570.

Frankie Lane's

Launched April 13, this steakhouse with a covered patio bills itself as an intimate, hole-in-the-wall destination for a nice steak dinner. An 8-ounce filet and 12-ounce ribeye are listed as entrees on the small menu, alongside maple-glazed salmon and roasted chicken. 5727 Sixth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 567-8325.

Brew n Burger

The casual sports bar and grill celebrated its grand opening last month. Brew n Burger pairs usual suspects — appetizers such as "mozzarella pucks" and onion rings, hot dogs, wings and sandwiches, in addition to the patties — with a full liquor selection and beer, of course. 28530 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 533-5576.

Santa Fe Mexican Bar and Grill

Santa Fe Mexican Bar and Grill is a no-frills spot showcasing all the Tex-Mex goodness your heart desires. Everything from combination plates and fajitas to chimichangas and monster burritos graces the restaurant's exhaustive lineup. And that's not all. Beer, margaritas, daiquiris, wine and other mixed libations abound. Tampa Bay first scored a taste of the South Carolina-born Santa Fe Mexican Grill when it opened in Largo in 2016. 2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 303-0703.

Candor Grille

This new arrival in the Fishhawk area officially debuted with a grand opening in April. Candor Grille works global flavors into lunch and dinner items like chile con queso, pulled pork spring rolls, chicken-fried steak, pasta aglio e olio and chopped brisket sandwiches daily, limiting breakfast service to the weekend. On top of the comforting grub, expect signature specialty drinks, among them North of the Mason Dixon, which calls for local bourbon, and the rum-based Hemingway's Passion. Riverview houses the second Candor Grille; the first is in Tampa. 13418 Boyette Road, Riverview. (813) 548-0410.


Red Star Rock Bar

The indoor-outdoor Seminole Heights gathering place, launched in 2015 and known for its live music, has announced a second location. According to the June 17 update on its Facebook page, Red Star Rock Bar will open along the main drag of Ybor City next month, taking over the former site of Kelly Days Firehouse Tavern and, before that, Green Iguana. 1710 E Seventh Ave., Tampa.

Valhalla Bakery

In September, Valhalla Bakery owner Celine Duvoisin will move her all-vegan sweets shop into the Grand Central District building that Thai-Mex restaurant Nitally's occupied for years. The bakery with Orlando roots opened as part of St. Petersburg's Baum Ave Market in 2018. It will share the new space with another plant-based food vendor and carry local coffee. 2462 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.


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