Restaurants & Food

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

Sumatra Bistro Reopens After Renovations With New Head Chef, Menu Options

By Heather Wilkins Sumatra Bistro, recently reopened after being closed for renovations, is a local café that offers fresh and healthy food choices for customers, with dine-in options and a pet-friendly patio. Located at 1602 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, the cafe has continued to be a hot spot for healthy, active people who live in(…)

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

  By Alexandra Booth What keeps a marriage together for 50 years? For one area couple, their long-lasting matrimony can be credited, at least in part, to Village Inn Pie. Bloomingdale residents Chuck and Marcia Hoening tied the knot on June 27, 1964. The couple met while Chuck was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base(…)

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival To Feature Over 40 Vendors, Fundraise For Non-Profits

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival To Feature Over 40 Vendors, Fundraise For Non-Profits

  By Kathy L. Collins The annual Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival will be held on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts located at 1010 N. MacInnes Pl. in downtown Tampa. Proceeds from the event benefit the Brandon Foundation and the local(…)

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa representatives joined by local officials and members of the community gathered this month for the grand opening of its new long-awaited Valrico store. Wawa’s fanfare-filled opening celebration included a much-anticipated charitable hoagie building competition between representatives from the United Service Organization (USO) Tampa Bay, a check presentation to the USO, and free coffee for(…)

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

  By Nicole Heubusch The second location of EATS! American Grill has opened in the Winthrop Plaza where Green Iguana used to be.  It is the newest restaurant to open up in the plaza, making it a premier destination in the area for local dining. It joins Ciccio Cali, The Egg & I, Cappy’s Pizza,(…)

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

  By Michelle Caceres Seafood lovers are rejoicing that a quality seafood restaurant has landed in Park Square. Catch Twenty-Three, located at 16132 Churchview Dr., the brainchild of owner Rob Wickner, is a stylish seafood restaurant with dishes inspired by flavorful Latin and Caribbean influences served up in a casual, upscale setting. The extensive menu(…)

Two New Restaurants Coming To Brandon Creating Over 100 Job Opportunities

Two New Restaurants Coming To Brandon Creating Over 100 Job Opportunities

By Sharon Still Internet slang terms like LOL (laugh out loud), ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing) and IDK (I don’t know) are now making its way into mainstream society as two new area restaurants are using that concept with a twist to attract diners. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham teamed up with MVP Holdings(…)

Papa Murphy’s Opens Riverview Location

Papa Murphy’s Opens Riverview Location

  By Sharon Still Earlier this year, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza opened its newest location in Riverview. This is the third area location for franchise owner Cole Kilen, who also operates a location in New Port Richey and Brandon at 859 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. In 1981, Papa Murphy’s introduced freshly-made pizza that customers(…)

PDQ Chicken Plans Summer Opening In Riverview, Hiring In June

PDQ Chicken Plans Summer Opening In Riverview, Hiring In June

  By Sharon Still The one-acre property on the southwest corner of U.S. Hwy. 301 and Big Bend Rd. in front of Sam’s Club and adjacent to Walgreen’s will soon be a new PDQ Chicken. Construction started in early May on the stand-alone building with an anticipated opening date for the 4,800-sq.-ft. restaurant in mid-to-late(…)

Cherry’s FishHawk Grand Opening Set For June 7

Cherry’s FishHawk Grand Opening Set For June 7

  By Nicole Heubusch Eat, Drink and be Cherry! This has been a popular motto in our community for years. Ever since the first Cherry’s opened in Ybor City in 1994, there has always been one around in the area. Cherry’s began to expand in 1996 and was a franchise in 2001. The FishHawk Cherry’s(…)