Dining and Drinks

SideBern’s reopens with new identity as Haven

Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2015 at 06:23 PM
By Olivia Stacey

Cheese and charcuterie, a warm ambiance, and an impressive wine list are just a few things you can expect from Haven, the newest addition to the Bern’s family of restaurants.

Executive Chef Chad Johnson said guests will find the same high-level food of Bern’s but in a “less stuffy” way.

“Really, what we wanted to create, I think, more than anything was an atmosphere where you could come in and get a really high-quality dining experience, but it’d be more of a neighborhood joint,” he said.

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75 trucks participate in ‘World’s Largest Food Truck Rally’ in Tampa

Geoff FoxTribune staff

Richard Rauscher was surrounded by an array of food trucks offering a variety of cuisine Sunday during the “World’s Largest Food Truck Festival” at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

A Tampa resident, Rauscher was hungry, but he had to decide what to eat first.

Did he want lobster rolls, scallops or crab cakes from The Maine Thang?

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World’s Largest Food Truck Festival means mobile munchies at Tampa fairgrounds

BY KAI MILLER Tribune staff

Get your palate ready and prepare for a food-truck grub induced coma this weekend. The World’s Largest Food Truck Festival Ever 3!, presented by Generation Food Truck’s Jeremy and Candy Gomez, will return to the Florida State Fairgrounds for a third year.

Since earning the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of food trucks, Jeremy Gomez has focused his efforts on quality as oppose to quantity this year. “It’s got kind of boring trying to beat our own world record,” Gomez said. “So, we’re taking the best of the best. We don’t want to repeat the same food items.”

The event set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, will feature more than 75 mobile grub hubs. “It won’t be as large as last year,” Gomez said. “I’d like to say no more than 100 at any point. It gets overwhelming for people.” Among the delectable selections are Caribbean inspired cuisine, lobster, pad thai, and even tropical popsicles.

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South Tampa GrillSmith will close March 30



The site at 1108 S. Dale Mabry Highway was the only one among five that suffered lagging sales, company officials said, while some others showed “double-digit” growth.

“Since the economic downturn, the South Tampa location has been underperforming,” said GrillSmith senior marketing manager Shelly Sarbaugh. She declined to describe any of the factors for the performance, but added that the company was working to accommodate customers and employees.

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Locale Market launches to-go orders

TBO Seen Staff

Craving gourmet food on-the-go? Locale Market, nestled in St. Petersburg’s Sundial complex, is now offering their chef-made creations for pick up.

Guests can place their orders in-store, by phone, online or through the Locale Market mobile phone app. To-go orders are retrieved at the Italian Food Co. counter, while curbside pickup items are brought to vehicles outside the market’s Second Street North entrance for a $3 fee from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

A $20 minimum is required for phone or curbside orders. Group ordering is also available.

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Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill planning more casual satellite location

Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM
Richard MullinsTribune staff

The wait for a table at Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill in Tampa often stretches to one or two hours on a busy night.

So after several years of research and pondering, owner Miguel Rodriguez is ready to add a new, more casual food location, and if this foray goes well, he wants to build a string of other sites across the state — part of a broader growth trend in upscale Mexican food.

Rodriguez has purchased an empty restaurant space just a few blocks from the Kennedy Boulevard and MacDill Avenue site, at North Arrawana Avenue, where The Flying Pan restaurant once operated and Bin 27 before that.

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Free Italian ice at Rita’s on Friday

Published:   |   Updated: March 16, 2015 at 01:45 PM

For 20 years, Rita’s Italian Ice has welcomed spring by giving away free Italian ice for everyone.

The tradition continues on Friday, March 20, noon-9 p.m., when visitors to the four Tampa Bay locations can score a free Italian ice, no purchase necessary.

There is a limit of one ice per person, while supplies last.

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Free Kahwa coffee in St. Pete

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2015 at 09:50 AM

Kahwa is opening a seventh Tampa Bay area location and celebrating with free coffee for everyone.

Bob Lee’s Tire Service is the site for the latest Kahwa spot and is giving away free cups of coffee, no purchase necessary, for the next few days. .

Beginning Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. anyone can stop in for the hot brew.

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Busch Gardens launches inaugural Food & Wine Festival

Published:   |   Updated: March 10, 2015 at 01:32 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta , Olivia Stacey

Busch Gardens debuted its two-month-long Food & Wine Festival last week to rockin’ tunes and tasty bites.

Jim Dean, Busch Gardens park president, said the festival is to take the park’s previous Bands, Brew & BBQ event to the next level.

“We figured out we can do events pretty well here, between our Summer Nights, our Howl-O-Scream event, our Christmas Town event, which has really become a tradition for Tampa Bay,” said Dean. “And here’s the newest tradition for Tampa Bay and that’s our Food & Wine Festival.”

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Commune + Co. will bring mobile cold-brewed coffee to stationary cafe

Published:   |   Updated: March 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM
Richard MullinsTribune staff

To many people, the idea of a rolling keg full of coffee sounds like a little bit of heaven.

And if so, Joel Davis of Commune + Co. coffee is pedaling a small bit of heaven around Ybor City in a tricycle.

Davis is a one-man coffee entrepreneur who is bringing a radically different kind of coffee to the market, cold-brewed under pressurized nitrogen — a process that a brave few cafes are trying around the world — so coffee flows from a beer keg tap in a way that closely resembles pouring a pint of Guinness, with billions of bubbles condensing down to a deep, dark brew.

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