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Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: The Boozy Pig in Tampa, Dunedin's Thirsty Falcon


The Boozy Pig

Officially opened earlier this month, this family-run whole animal butcher shop and cafe sources most of its products locally if they're not made in-house. Expect chef-curated specialties from the cafe, including the breakfast Cubano, Boozy's Plate (a choice of five items like cheesy grits, Tambuzzo Sausage Company chorizo patties or tallow-fried potatoes) and the Butcher's charcuterie board. Five kinds of handhelds are served, too. The cafe fills orders for breakfast and lunch, as well as takeout. 3255 W Cypress St., Tampa. (813) 488-5333.

The Thirsty Falcon

Dunedin residents Kim and Andy Polce and Hollie and Jeff Parker have launched the town's latest neighborhood bar. The Thirsty Falcon offers craft and domestic beer, wine, cider and hard seltzer, in addition to everything from pinball to board games to keep you occupied. 1415 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 412-8164.


This sushi and hibachi restaurant, which celebrated with a grand opening last week, showcases all-you-can-eat menus for lunch and dinner. Cocktail options from the full bar include the Umamilicious (cherry vodka, peach Schnapps, pineapple juice, sour mix, Sprite) and the Saketini (cucumber vodka, sake, agave nectar, cucumber puree, lime juice). 3942 Tyrone Blvd. N, Suite D, St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2799.

The Ship's Hold

Nautical-inspired downtown St. Petersburg tavern the Galley has expanded with a new room and rum bar. Owners Pete Boland and Ian Taylor spent more than $100,000 to pull off the 1,100-square-foot Ship's Hold, designed to offer more indoor and outdoor seating and accommodate private events. The Galley connects to the Hold, which debuted during St. Patrick's Day weekend, through its kitchen. "The Galley was cozy and fun, but too small to handle a party of 20-plus on top of regular demand," Boland said in a statement. Patrons of the Hold can expect a rum flight program and classic cocktail variations, alongside educational rum tastings with global experts. 37 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 575-7071.


Signature poke bowls mingle with a customizable option at the fast-casual Poke88. To craft your own creation, choose from more than 40 options, among them bases, proteins and sauces. Ingredients like crispy noodles and sesame seeds get their own section of the menu to ensure you incorporate a little crunch. 9951 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 542-7812.


Square 1 Burgers and Bar

As of April 15, the gourmet burger chain's last Tampa Bay location is closed. "Thank you for your business over the last seven years," reads a sign posted to the Brandon restaurant at 2042 Badlands Drive. "We will see you again soon as we are currently looking for another location in Brandon!"


NoHo Junction

With moderately priced dishes and outdoor seating, this chef-inspired food court plans to feature eight tenants. NoHo Junction told the Times last month that it expected to premiere in late April, but by the looks of the building, the North Howard area newcomer remains underway. 1500 W Cass St., Tampa.