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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Tampa Marriott Water Street's Garrison Tavern, more Capital Tacos in St. Petersburg

Expected to launch in early 2021, the region’s first True Food Kitchen is headed for the Midtown Tampa project. [Courtesy of the Bromley Companies]
Expected to launch in early 2021, the region’s first True Food Kitchen is headed for the Midtown Tampa project. [Courtesy of the Bromley Companies]
Published Apr. 15, 2019


Garrison Tavern

Tampa Marriott Water Street, formerly known as Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, has transformed Champions Sports Bar into Garrison Tavern. Highlights of the downtown hangout include modern Latin cuisine pioneer and chef Richard Sandoval's gastropub grub, two Topgolf Swing Suites that are a first for Florida and local craft beer. In July, a yet-to-be-named patio restaurant with 200 seats overlooking the marina and Tampa Riverwalk will debut at the hotel as well. 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 221-4900.

Capital Tacos

In the former home of Tom+Chee across from Tyrone Square Mall, the fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant recently launched a second St. Petersburg location for its loyal following. Expect the same tacos, burritos, bowls and other speedy specialties you've downed since Capital Tacos, which now operates six locations (plus a stand at Tampa's Amalie Arena), began in Land O'Lakes in 2013. Soft-opening hours will continue for a few weeks. 6802 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 954-5224.


This traditional ramen and sushi spot runs its grand opening promotion — 20 percent off all dishes — through Saturday. A long list of sushi rolls mingles with nigiri and sashimi, appetizers, salads, ramen and rice bowls. Kiwami is also set to offer online ordering soon. 10262 Causeway Blvd., Brandon. (813) 393-0683.

Sweet Rolls

On Friday, Sweet Rolls officially introduced the Sunshine State's second location to Tampa Bay. The rolled ice cream franchise, which has already tapped into Pensacola, uses a cold plate, French creme anglaise and a sharp paddle to churn out house and create-your-own builds of the "stir-fried" street treat started in Southeast Asia. A vegan alternative to the signature chubby rolls is up for grabs, and there is Italian gelato and smoothies. 1500 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 386-5624.



The grill-centric American restaurant has shuttered in the South Tampa area — for a second time. The location that Grillsmith premiered in May 2018 at 612 N Dale Mabry Highway is no more. "Sorry, we've closed," reads a sign posted to the door. "Thank you for being a customer of our South Tampa location." According to Grillsmith's website, the outposts in Clearwater, New Tampa, Carrollwood and Lakeland remain open. The site also continues to tease a coming-soon Sarasota location slated to open this summer.


True Food Kitchen

Ready to dine at the health-minded restaurant backed by an investment from Oprah Winfrey? It's headed for the Midtown Tampa project. With a seasonal menu driven by the anti-inflammatory food pyramid and fresh, nutrient-dense produce, True Food Kitchen will offer craft cocktails and eats for all dietary persuasions that don't skimp on flavor, including the ancient grains bowl, grass-fed steak tacos and the Inside Out Quinoa Burger. This 5,000-square-foot restaurant with an open kitchen and covered patio, which has more Florida locations in places like Jacksonville, Boca Raton and Naples, expects to launch in early 2021. Himes Avenue, Tampa.

Yard at Ivanhoe food hall

The minds behind the Hall on Franklin in Tampa Heights are bringing a full-service food hall to an Orlando apartment complex. According to the Orlando Sentinel, vendors from the Hall — among them fried chicken purveyor Fork and Hen and the younger pizza-slinging sibling of Bavaro's, Sorellina — will expand into the Yard at Ivanhoe development, scheduled to debut at the end of the year along with the 10-tenant food hall.