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For new season, Lightning adds new food choices

The Tampa Bay Lightning, which has its first home game of the season on Thursday, announced new menu items for fans attending events at Amalie Arena, including a new PDQ and Holy Hog concession as well as carving and sushi stations.

Local chain PDQ, a fast, casual dining restaurant that specializes in chicken tenders, will open a new concession outside of section 102, and local barbecue restaurant Holy Hog will open a second location on the 100 level this season, selling barbecue, beef brisket sandwiches and mac and cheese.

Additional portable eating stations on the concourse levels this year include the return of Mr. Empanada and newcomers Tacos Trueno, Anthony's Italian Sandwich, Deli and Stir Fry and a carving station. The 100 Level will also feature hand-rolled sushi as well as a gourmet grilled cheese concession stand.

On the premium side, the Firestick Grill will now offer fresh rolled sushi, grilled veal rack chop, hydroponic green salads and fresh stone crab claws. And those in the suite level will now have the option of World of Beer pretzels with beer cheese dipping sauces and the famous Columbia Restaurants 1905 salad.

For Thursday's first home game, the red carpet will be rolled out at 4 p.m. for players' arrival and the popular Americana band Have Gun Will Travel will play a free show before the game on the west plaza starting at 5:30 p.m.

The game against the Florida Panthers starts at 7:30 p.m. See lightning.nhl.com for tickets or call (813) 301-6600.

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