Tampa’s Ballyhoo Grill closed, Cass St. Deli coming to St. Pete, along with other food news


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22 South In August, St. Petersburg’s 22 South Food Hall at the Historic Manhattan Casino announced it was shutting down, then quickly backed down and announced that a group of local investors had actually rescued the concept. Well, 22 South officially reopened last week, which means local foodies can try 22 South Irie Mon Jamaican Grill, Betterway BBQ, Louie’s Italian Eatery, Haper’s Burgers, and Scratch vendors. The food hall is effectively saved by Collective, a group of community-minded entrepreneurs. In addition to food, 22 South, located in the historic Deuces district south of St. Petersburg, can be hired for events and will host live music. 642 S. 22nd Street, St. Petersburg. @ 22southfoodhall on Facebook

Battery Its spring opening turned into an early fall opening, but a new concept from the people behind Seminole Heights’ C House is now open at Sparkman Wharf in the Water Street neighborhood of downtown Tampa. Battery Soft opened on September 16 and has been serving dishes like Berkshire chop, charcuterie boards and fine bourbon ever since. Other offerings include steak and potatoes, stuffed wings and jalapeños, and lobster mac and cheese. The Battery emphasizes “bourbon bon” and “exquisite wine,” but also has a full service bar. 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa. @thebatterytpa on Instagram

First watch The new 3,764 square foot freestanding Westshore First Watch offers al fresco dining and alcohol options. Specialty drinks include “Cinnamon Toast Cereal Milk” with coconut rum, cold brew, coconut milk and agave. The chain of “day cafes” has been in Tampa for 25 years – in Florida for 35 years – and serves its entire high seasonal menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch (short rib omelet, eggs smoked salmon benedict, pumpkin and spice fritters) from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week. 1111 North Westshore Blvd., Tampa. firstwatch.com

Foxtail Coffee Co. Foxtail Coffee Co. of Orlando opened in St. Petersburg last week near Round Lake Historical Park in the former Mini Donut Factory space. It’s the chain’s first location in Tampa Bay, and the opening comes two years after the company appointed a new COO following the 2018 sexual harassment allegations against former COO David Sievers. 730 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. foxtailcoffee.com

Kingsford fire grate Totally branded in partnership with the 101-year-old Kingsford charcoal company and run by former Salt Rock Grill executive chef Louis Scaramuzzi, the cuisine focuses on raised barbecue bites (grilled oysters, grilled fish, DIY s’mores) and, of course, smoked meats (Kansas City ribs, brisket, pork, chicken). The 8,000 square foot place has plenty of dining options: indoors, an outdoor patio, and even by the grill pit where diners can watch the meaty action unfold. And yes, the game takes place every Sunday. 204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. kingsfordfiregrille.com

Mammamia Gelato Italiano While you can choose from classic flavors like mint and chocolate (After Hours), pistachio and even coffee, you can also choose from vegan and gluten-free pastries, waffles, coffee, frozen cakes and even cookies. crepes. The dessert space brand hails from Naples, Italy, and has franchises around the world. According to the St. Pete’s Shop website, all of its basic ingredients are non-GMO and the toppings are never frozen. 1691 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @mammamiagelatostpete on Instagram

Lighthouse After losing Fermented Reality in August, Sparkman Wharf has a new beer garden. Lighthaus, run by Guy Revelle, who also brought Splitsville and Jotoro to the dock, also serves seltzer and wine as well as New York-style slices. 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa. @lighthaustpa on Instagram

Coming soon

Big Shake Hot Chicken and Fish You won’t miss the new location of this South-based franchise, as it already features a bright new mural of Biggie, Prince, Aretha, Kurt and Janis by local artist Derek Donnelly. Launched by chef Shawn Davis, aka former “Shark Tank” competitor “Big Shake,” the fast-paced, casual restaurant focuses on Nashville-style fare as well as the article that almost prompted Mark Cuban to invest: the shrimp burger. Fried chicken can also be served on waffles or in a dressed taco at any heat level, from not at all spicy to the “Executioner” level. Big Shakes also offers fried Oreos and milkshakes to round off the feast. 800 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa @bigshakestampa on Facebook

Charcuterie from rue Cass Tampa’s first and only New York-style Jewish grocery store will carry its dogs and corned beef sandwiches across the bay. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Cass Street Deli owner Robert Torres plans to open a second location between November and February 2022 in St. Petersburg at the new WaterView apartment complex at Echelon City Center. 1331 W Cass St location as of June 2019. 100 Main St. N, St. Petersburg. cassstreetdeli.com

Urban duckweed grocery store Duckweed Urban Grocery has grown a lot over the past few years, and it doesn’t stop yet. Last month, the local grocer said his North Hyde Park could open “in just a few weeks.” Official offers are TBD, but Duckweed is known for its health-conscious selections that cater for diets of all kinds, including vegans and keto. The other locations also offer beer, wine, pet products, ready-to-eat products, and other groceries. 500 N. Rome Ave., Tampa. @duckweedgrocery on Instagram

Mangosteen Whether you’re looking for tacos, tapas, or yakitori, Mangosteen has you covered for 600 Block in downtown St. Petersburg in the coming weeks. The concept is slated to open right next to Boutique and Pacific Counter, according to I Love the Burg. Her original opening date was back in August, according to the local post, but her Instagram now has the October opening. 656 central avenue, Saint Petersburg. mangosteenstpete.com

Pop go the waffle A physical location in Gulfport will open early next year according to I Love the Burg. Owner Sara Fludd is the face behind popular creations like Hot Cheeto Waffle Dog, pumpkin cheesecake, and pop waffles that come in all kinds of flavors. Details of the new menu have not yet been announced. Renovations are underway, but the new location is expected to have more production space and seating for you to enjoy your waffle creations. And that’s not the only good news for Fludd. Last week, she was unveiled as one of 10 founders selected to receive a $ 10,000 grant from the Stacy’s Pita Chips Rise Project. 5004 Tangerine Avenue S, Gulfport. @popgoesthewaffle on Instagram

Crispy shiso The food truck has announced its intention to create a dumpling concept in a new food hall that will open on the ground floor of Fusion 1560, an apartment building in the Edge neighborhood, by December 2021. On the menu so far vegan: spring peas and roasted leek dumplings in dauban sauce, and you can grab a Shiso Sour beer to wash it all down with. The food truck is known for its soup dumplings – aka XLB “xiao long bao”, which are delicate skin buns with toppings and broth – and handmade gyoza. 1560 Central Ave. N., St. Petersburg. @shisocrispy on Instagram

Wagamama Right now, the owners of Wagamama are warning customers about price increases related to the supply chain and working on its menus, but that doesn’t stop the UK-based Asian restaurant chain to expand into Florida with a location on Water Street in downtown Tampa. Its 4,200 square foot restaurant joins other US Wagamama sites in New York and Boston. It hopes to open in early 2022, according to a press release. 1050 Water Street, Tampa. wagamama.us


Threshing Citrus Park’s must-see fish camp, Ballyhoo Grill, has closed. Ballyhoo, located at 7604 Ehrlich Rd., Made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying he was unable to renegotiate a new lease on a restaurant building dating from the mid-90s. The Fruit Restaurant Florida Sea was opened by Chris Fargale of City Fish and Ozona Blue, who owned two other Ballyhoos in Tarpon Springs and Gainesville. The current owners took over 12 years ago. A form of Ballyhoo Grill has been installed at the corner of Ehrlich Road and Gunn Highway since the 1910s. “It was built in 1913,” Randy Grasmann, then president of Ballyhoo Grill, told the Tampa Bay Times in 1996. “C ‘was a house that was turned into a restaurant over 20 years ago. “

Hidden cafe After 13 years, one of the best, if not yours, small venues in St. Petersburg is closing its doors. Hideaway Cafe owner John Kelly took to Facebook last week, saying the venue’s lease had not been renewed by the owner and that its “days are numbered,” with only a few months left. “If you are a fan and have supported the original music and all the really amazing artists in this room and on this stage, if you enjoyed coming and saying hello to our wonderful waiters, sound technicians, door and kitchen crew or If you have a special memory that binds you to the Hideaway Cafe, now would be the time to come and enjoy it all while you still can, “Kelly wrote. The popular lounge-style listening room also served as a studio. ‘check-in and a small room for 80 people, serving beer and food. 1756 central avenue, Saint Petersburg. hideawaycafe.biz

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