Tampa restaurant news: Fusion Bowl, a French bakery, relocated chocolate and more

Published Jan. 16, 2015

Downtown Tampa is starting the year with a heap of restaurant news. Fusion Bowl just opened at 504 E Jackson St., owned by Michelle Vuu, whose family has been in the restaurant business in St. Petersburg for years (currently Edo Japanese Steakhouse). As one might expect, the menu is an Asian-fusion concept that deftly scoots between Japanese (udon, sushi), Vietnamese (bun, pho, banh mi) and other cuisines. A new French bakery has started construction across from Aloft in the old Florida Museum of Photographic Arts space, with the aim of making the best croissants in the area. Ashworth Artisan Chocolate has departed Hyde Park Village, relocating a couple of weeks ago to 212 E Cass St. Guy Revelle is opening an urban-chic Mexican restaurant called Hablo Taco at Channelside Bay Plaza, with a grand opening Feb. 4. Si-am Thai at 713 N Franklin St. has been purchased by a couple who has changed the name to Siam Thaimerican and will serve Thai and American cuisine. Yeoman's Road Pub (Davis Islands) is coming downtown in the old Gilligan's space at 202 N Morgan St., some kind of pizza place is going in at 513 E Jackson St. where Lonnie's used to be (which has relocated to 206 N Morgan St.) and Ferg's Live will open any day. Whew.