Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, a classic churrascaria-style Brazilian meatery — you know, where the guys in South American cowboy attire walk around with the swords of meat until you capitulate in a carnivorous haze — has opened a location in Tampa after launching its first in Jacksonville in 2015. This newcomer at 1108 S Dale Mabry Highway in what was a GrillSmith location, is initially serving dinner only, with lunch to follow shortly. The 7,000-square-foot location includes a full service bar area with seating, a private dining room and a stylish dining area that seats 200 guests and features a centerpiece salad and hot bar filled with vegetable dishes, select cold meats and cheeses and side dishes (that's a classic part of the churrascaria experience: You need to stand up and take a break between all the meat snacks). Now add in caipirinhas (muddled lime, cane sugar and cachaca) and wines from around the world. (813) 999-4332; terragauchasteakhouse.com.
When Jason Zhang and Alice Chen moved to the United States from a city near Beijing, they fully embraced their new American lifestyle. But one very important thing was missing — the cuisine they grew up on. Sure, there were Chinese restaurants, but the ones they tried paled in comparison to the robust flavors they enjoyed in their home country. The solution? Open a restaurant of their own. First, they debuted Hong Kong House on Fowler in Tampa, where they serve traditional dishes from dim sum carts, clay pot meals and seafood rarities like sea cucumber with abalone and live golden crab. Then they opened Beijing House on Fletcher right behind Hong Kong House, with classics like moo shu pork and Peking duck. And in the past month they opened a lunch place called SzeChuan House in downtown Tampa with dishes that are popular in the Sichuan region of China. These are the dishes that folks think of as classic Chinese: General Tso's chicken and Mongolian beef. SzeChuan House features a large wall mural of the Chinese countryside, red silk lanterns and dining areas inside and on the sidewalk. It's open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with dinner to come when they get their liquor license. 508 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 221-8989.
Clean Juice was founded in 2014 by Kat and Landon Eckles. After years of experimentation with homemade recipes, Kat floated the idea to Landon to open a store, and today Clean Juice has 90 franchise units throughout the country. The first juice bar franchise to be certified in 2016 by the USDA, the menu includes fresh juice, cold-pressed juice, smoothies, protein smoothies, acai bowls, and bites that include an almond toast topped with bananas. Hyde Park Village is getting one in the parcel currently under construction, on the south side of the village. The opening date will be announced in summer.
FLUTE AND DRAM
This one has been a long time coming. I first heard about Greg Haddad and Tony Mangiafico's plan for a whiskey, champagne and caviar bar on St. Petersburg's Beach Drive last year and have been patiently awaiting updates since then. Welp: hackleback, Russian osetra, hybrid beluga, Iranian and Siberian sturgeon. You know what I'm saying? Flute and Dram is open for business with fish eggs of all kinds front and center. It opened April 6, with some folks showing up for the 60 varieties of bubbles, some those briny little eggs and still others for the fancy whiskeys served in Glencairn whiskey glasses with whiskey droppers (like science class pipettes, so you get your water amount just right). It's got a glamorous interior perfect for some date-night refreshment. 234 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 350-5657.