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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: SoHo Juice Co. at Armature Works, Oldsmar's Local Draught House

Tampa-born SoHo Juice Co. recently replaced Swami Juice at Heights Public Market, the buzzing food hall inside Armature Works. [Courtesy of Chris Fasick]
Tampa-born SoHo Juice Co. recently replaced Swami Juice at Heights Public Market, the buzzing food hall inside Armature Works. [Courtesy of Chris Fasick]
Published May 13, 2019


Pal Campo Restaurant

Not long after the arrival of WEPA! Cocina de Puerto Rico in St. Petersburg, a modern-meets-traditional Puerto Rican spot has expanded to the Big Guava. Promising a taste of "grandma's cooking," Pal Camp Restaurant, which started with its flagship location in Orlando, slings dishes such as arroz mamposteao (rice mix with beans), mofongo and chuletas can can (fried pork). 9218 Anderson Road, Tampa. (813) 252-8271.

Crafty Crab

Launched back in February where family eatery Ben's experienced a short-lived revival, Crafty Crab wants you to get crackin' in nautical-style digs. Everything from seafood boils you can eat with your hands to baskets of fried delights are featured at the growing Florida chain, which also operates in Orange Park, West Melbourne, Lauderhill and Jacksonville. More Crafty Crabs are headed to other parts of the state and Maryland, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, but this is the first for Tampa Bay. 704 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon. (813) 278-5111.

SoHo Juice Co.

The latest addition to Tampa Heights recently replaced Swami Juice, one of the original Heights Public Market stalls at Armature Works. Sandwiched between Ichicoro Imoto and Empamamas, SoHo Juice Co. specializes in cold-pressed juices, cleanses, smoothies and health-conscious bites like acai bowls, many of which are vegan-friendly. Heights Public Market marks SoHo Juice Co.'s fifth outpost. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa.

The Local Draught House

This fourth location for the neighborhood bar and all-around hangout took over the previous home of a Brass Tap in March. Unsurprisingly, craft beer hailing from and cocktails inspired by Florida drive the Local Draught House offerings. Where's the bar off to next? Downtown Orlando, according to its website. 4011-8 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. (813) 510-4231.


Ray's Vegan Soul

Last week, chef and owner Ray Milton told the Times via phone that Ray's Vegan Soul has closed at 169 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, adding that he is in the process of finding a new location. His popular restaurant, which opened more than a year ago, was known for plant-based comfort food dishes, among them the signature mac and "cheese" made with cashews. Milton hopes to secure the larger location within the next month or so and open no later than Oct. 1. It would be near his friends at Plant+Love Ice Cream in the EDGE District.

Das Brauhaus and Cafe

Times correspondent Justin Grant reported earlier this month that the German-themed restaurant formerly known as New England's Ale House Grille was off to a strong start. However, Palm Harbor has since said goodbye to Das Brauhaus and Cafe, which celebrated its final day of business at 3419 Alt. U.S. 19 on Mother's Day. Owner Tara Cook, who announced the closure in a May 6 video posted to the restaurant's Facebook page, said the move will allow her to focus on being a mom to two young kids.


More grub at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport has awarded a 10-year contract to SSP-Hudson PIE Concessions, LLC, the national airport retail concessionaire bringing a multimillion-dollar food, beverage and retail renovation to the airport. You can expect a combination of familiar, new and local flavor starting June 1. Dunkin' Donuts will serve presecurity and Gates 2 through 6, while another presecurity joint, District Pub, is set to open on the second floor. After security, Mazzaro's Italian Market will provide a taste of St. Petersburg for Gates 7 through 11, as will 3 Daughters Brewing at Gates 2 through 6. 14700 Terminal Blvd., No. 221, Clearwater.


  1. The food is art at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including this cookie that looks like a painter's palette. [Walt Disney World]
    The 39-day celebration of art, entertainment and food kicked off Jan. 17.
  2. Clockwise from left: Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Piña Colada Candy Apple, Candy Corn and Cheeseburger-On-A-Stick [Courtesy of the Florida State Fair]
    Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Piña Colada Candy Apples and more are coming to the Florida State Fair.
  3. The cans feature pups who are up for adoption at Shelter Manatee. [Motorworks Brewing]
    The beer, available for purchase in packs of four and cases of 24, will be available until they sell out, the brewery says.
  4. Kumquats in Dade City. [Times (2002)]
    Plus, St. Petersburg restaurant German Knodle made Yelp’s list of the top 100 places to eat.
  5. Beverage manager for the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Kasia Nowakowska prepares a Milk Punch cocktail, the club's signature drink for Gasparilla. Milk Punch contains brandy, simple syrup, heavy cream, milk and is garnished with nutmeg. Nowakowska says the club will make more than 120 gallons of Milk Punch for the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Jan. 25 -- and most of it will be consumed by noon prior to the invasion. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
    There’s a lot of history pouring into the glasses along the parade route for the brunch (and even breakfast) cocktails.
  6. Catrinas Tacos and Tequila brought its tacos back to Tampa in a new location on Jan. 17. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2012)]
    Plus, the chains Shake Shack and Huey Magoo’s are coming to town.
  7. German beer accompanies a serving of currywurst and schnitzel topped with mushrooms and garlic fries at German Knödle, 951 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
    Nutella-stuffed potato dumplings and rave reviews put German Knodle on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. list.
  8. Turkey Meatballs with hummus and an herby salad [MICHELLE STARK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    It comes together so fast for a weeknight dinner.
  9. St. Peterburg's iconic restaurant the Belmark was known as an inexpensive spot to grab a meal. [Times (1982)]
    Expect an updated take on classic diner fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  10. Kumquats that are yet to be harvested in the groves at Kumquat Growers, Inc. in Dade City. The local agriculture business provides fruit for the annual Kumquat Festival to be held Jan. 25 in downtown Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    After years of crop decline, there will be more fresh fruit at this year’s annual Kumquat Festival.