Meaghan Habuda, Features Producer

Meaghan Habuda

Features Producer

I’m a Florida native who began covering the Tampa Bay bar and restaurant scene more than five years ago. After graduating from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, I cut my teeth in journalism with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing, where I served as food and drink editor. I joined the Times in March 2019 and will continue to sniff out all sorts of food news — openings and closings, events, chef moves, you name it — while spearheading other print and web duties on the Features team. So, yes, tip me off to all of the scoops, including the ice cream kind.

The Getaway has closed in south St. Petersburg’s Skyway Marina District

St. Petersburg favorite the Getaway has closed its second waterfront location in south St. Pete’s Skyway Marina District. Scott Keeler  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)
Opened last June, the popular indoor-outdoor hangout offered unobstructed views of Maximo Marina.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: PARC’s Top Chefs, best bets at Busch Gardens Bier Fest

On Thursday, the fifth annual Top Chefs showcasing collaboratively created entrees will take place at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of PARC]
Taste of NACE and Taste of Design also come to town, plus FarmTable Cucina hosts the Meet the Chefs Dinner.

Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: Hall on Franklin scoops Fork and Gallina, Sandwich House breaks bread in the Heights

Inspired by coastal Mediterranean fare, Fork and Gallina at the Hall on Franklin in Tampa Heights focuses on reimagining classic recipes, including Sicilian pizza. [Courtesy of Fork and Gallina]
Chai Mixology bubble tea in St. Petersburg, North Hyde Park food court NoHo Junction and new digs for Stella’s in Gulfport, too.

SoulCycle, caught in political battle, opens in Tampa. We took a class.

The new SoulCycle studio in Tampa's Hyde Park Village is all white and bright yellow with 60 bikes. There is also a wall of SoulCycle athleisure and other fitness merchandise. Joseph Helm | Courtesy of SoulCycle.
Get out of the saddle and feel your power.

What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: Dunedin hosts the Beer Olympics, Simmer and Sift brings rum cake to the MFA

On Saturday, Beer Olympics teams of two to five friends will face off at five Dunedin venues, including Rosie’s Tavern. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2016)]
Plus, Coppertail and the Florida Aquarium relaunch Coral Haze and Hotel Bar creates a cocktail to celebrate Honey Bee Day.