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Colin Loup

Bo’s Ice Cream at 7101 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Florida.

You screamed for ice cream when Bo went through a rough time this year, but that wasn’t all Creative Loafing Tampa Bay fans were in this year. Along with the ever-debated Best of the Bay pricing, readers all wanted to know more about openings and closings, which we’ll continue to write about in 2022.

Tampa’s iconic Bo’s Ice Cream reopens after temporary closure due to family emergency

Meet Josh Vitte in person and you can feel how much he loves the family business. In August, we found out how much the community loved it too, when the iconic Bo’s Ice Cream in Seminole Heights temporarily closed due to a family tragedy. The store reopened in less than a week, but good wishes and financial assistance were extended to employees left without a paycheck for a few days. “A lot of people contacted over the weekend, and the outpouring of the community was huge. Some of them asked if we had started a GoFundMe, and honestly, I never thought about it,” said Vitte at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

Tampa’s new Rosie the Riveter themed bar opened on Dale Mabry

As a tribute to Rosie the Riveter, the waiters sport red bandanas and denim tops and are nicknamed the “Rosies” of the bar. A representative for the restaurant told CL in January that male employees wore more military and tactical uniforms. “The idea is that the Rosies are in charge here,” the rep said. The spot is located at 2301 N Dale Mabry Highway, just off 2001 Odyssey.

St. Pete’s famous Biff Burger closed and everything was up for auction

Since the mid-1950s, Tampa Bay’s last Biff Burger has offered milkshakes, melt-in-the-mouth patties and flame-grilled burgers from its 5,000-square-foot building featuring the original W-shaped roof and exterior. checkered pattern. Sadly those days are long gone as the last Biff Burger location in Tampa Bay is closed with all remaining assets, including signs, decor and kitchen equipment, going up for auction earlier this month. . The owners have said they will be back, and we’ll let you know when and if that happens.

South Tampa’s Cake Drip bakery has reopened after it closed in the face of harassment

Hyde Park Village’s Cake Drip reopened last month after harassment from neighbors forced the bakery and dessert shop to temporarily close. Owner Faronda Davis was hoping her store would move to another location, but it looks like that doesn’t happen. Davis told CL that Cake Drip is the only black-owned business in Hyde Park Village, and added that residents upstairs have complained that the business’s music has been too loud since it opened in March. (The nearby Social Status is owned by the POC, but is two blocks away.)

Davis previously told CL she thought it went beyond sound. Especially after a neighbor was caught on camera berating Davis and his daughter. The video was captured after the neighbor walked into Cake Drip, was asked to leave, yelled at employees, called Davis a “black bitch” and then punched Davis. “I had to get a lawyer because I feel like I’ve been bullied and I’ve been dealing with it since the day I moved in,” Davis said. “I don’t think it’s music.”

Citrus Park favorite Ballyhoo Grill closed in September

Ballyhoo said he was unable to renegotiate a new lease on a restaurant building that dates back to the mid-90s. The Florida seafood restaurant 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. ”

After a $ 4.5 million renovation, Tampa’s Eden nightclub opened downtown

Turns out you were all happy to see Franklin Manor wiped off the map. In August, Eden owners Asad Yusupov and Kevin Stowe of the Phoenix Hospitality Group cut the ribbon for their themed nightclub featuring three sections (Hades, The Ark, Garden of Eden) as well as vines, flowers and hyper colored trees for days.

Tampa Bay’s American Chopper Superfans Now Have Sanctuary in Pinellas Park

OCC Road House & Museum, a restaurant and entertainment business that is a joint venture between Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and local hospitality giant Keith Overton, opened in June. During a phone call, Overton told CL that although the mailing address – 10575 49th St N – is technically in Clearwater, OCC Road House & Museum is in Pinellas Park. Its 11,000 square foot space and that of Teutul opened a year ago and includes a restaurant serving classic American cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating.

Michelin stars are finally coming to Tampa restaurants

The famous tire company’s revered restaurant guide comes to Tampa, but not to St. Pete and the surrounding bay area. The agreement was concluded between Michelin and three tourism entities representing Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but representatives from Visit Florida told the Miami Herald that they paid Michelin only a fraction of the $ 600,000 California paid to sponsor a new one. Miami, Tampa, Orlando restaurant guide. For some reason, despite using public funds to foot the bill, Visit Florida will not share the documents and details of the agreement with the press.

After 33 years of waiting, Pasco County finally gets its second Hooters

Pasco has been here for a long time; The county’s first Hooters opened on the Port Richey’s way waterfront in 1988. (Any good Tampeño knows the original opened on Clearwater’s Gulf to Bay Blvd. in 1983.) The new location, in Odessa on State Road 54 and Suncoast Crossings, claims nearly 5,000 square feet. dining room with additional 800 m² outside, covered covered.

Earth Fare returns to Tampa Bay

In February 2020, Earth Fare announced the closure of all locations, but in January 2021, it announced that the store would in fact reopen in downtown Seminole where it first opened in the Greater Montreal area. the Bay.

Spring Hill restaurant goes viral (online) after declaring masks or “face layers” not allowed

In February, although Florida overtook the nation for a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus, a Tampa Bay area restaurant wants customers to know face masks aren’t necessary. BeckyJack’s Food Shack in Spring Hill went viral on social media, after posting a photo on her Facebook page that read “Face Diapers Not Required Everyone Welcome.”

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