Restaurants & Food

The Take Out Butler’s Take: The Rack

The Take Out Butler’s Take: The Rack

  By Erik Butler The Rack is a culinary oasis for society’s cool and happening, while folks my age typically toil in a sea of early bird specials and AYCE deals. It was time for me to step out of my ho-hum routine and get back to The Rack to check out their latest “something […]

New O’Toole’s Owner Brings International Flavor To Pub

New O’Toole’s Owner Brings International Flavor To Pub

  By Nicole Valentin O’Toole’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has a new owner, Alistair Mitchell. Of both Scottish and American ancestry, Mitchell has owned multiple pubs in Europe for about 20 years. The return to the States by Mitchell and his wife, Jessie, was twofold: To help his elderly parents and to let their high-school-aged […]

Ford’s Garage Pulling In With Burgers, Beer & More To Buca di Beppo Spot

Ford’s Garage Pulling In With Burgers, Beer & More To Buca di Beppo Spot

  By Sharon Still After several years serving family-style Italian dishes to the Brandon area, Buca di Beppo of Brandon has closed its doors. The building, located at 11105 Causeway Blvd., will open up as Ford’s Garage in Spring 2015. Ford’s Garage is described on its Website as “your neighborhood burger and beer joint” and […]

PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend

PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend

By Nicole Heubusch PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, has recently opened a new location in the Riverview area. It has been open in the Riverview community since Sunday, August 24. “Business has been going very well so far here in Riverview,” said Operating Director Mickey Chard. This is a fast, casual restaurant […]

The Take Out Butler’s Take: EATS! American Grill

My service therapy dog Ruby and I were equally thrilled to hear about a unique “Yappy-Hour” sponsored by the amazing locally based volunteer organization Paws for Friendship (www.pawsforfriendshipinc.org.)  Ruby is always up for some “people food,” and I had a canine-like “Pavlovian” response to a hot new venue at the Winthrop Town Center. I had […]

Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

  Staff Report Join Publix Dietitian Nutritionist, Jamie Stolarz, MS, RDN, LDN, and local Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Rachel Moskowitz, MS, LMHC, in a free class that will focus on strategies to achieve happiness and reduce stress. The classes will discuss how different foods can affect mood, as well as the benefits of a healthy […]

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

  By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen After living in Florida for most of our lives, we discovered that we really haven’t seen all that our area has to offer. Armed with different Groupons and Living Social certificates, we’ve decided to visit as many different local places we can. We hope that some of the […]

Wayback Burgers Celebrates One Year In FishHawk

Wayback Burgers Celebrates One Year In FishHawk

  By Bonnie Mentel Wayback Burgers has been serving the FishHawk community the past year with fresh burgers, chicken sandwiches and hand spun milkshakes. “We’re going to be having our one year anniversary on Thursday, August 14. We’ll be having food specials throughout the day, giving away promotional items and making it a fun one-year […]

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 […]