Della’s After Dark 608 Oakfield Dr. Brandon Della’s After Dark has recently reopened due to popular demand. Its new chef Debbie Frangipane, trained at the Culinary Institute of America. She honed her skills while living in Venice, Italy. After perfecting her craft at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Armani’s in Tampa, Frangipane brings her passion for the culinary arts to Brandon. Della’s is only for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5 p.m., Della’s offers fine dining in Brandon. It’s a perfect date-night venue or a place to celebrate a special occasion. While you dine there, you can enjoy live jazz beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. During the day, Della’s Delectables is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. They specialize in luncheons and meetings. Check its daily specials. Della’s is located at 608 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information or reservations for Della’s After Dark, please call 684-3354.


Village Inn-Two Locations 1995 W. Lumsden Rd. Brandon 10293 Big Bend Rd. Riverview The Village Inn Restaurant has been part of the Brandon community for 30 years. With two Brandon area locations and a great new look, Village Inn is sure to please everyone. Both locations recently received remodels and guests are raving about the fun new look and the upgraded atmosphere. Guests can enjoy famous buttermilk pancakes, mouth-watering omelets and other traditional breakfast offerings, including unlimited hot coffee refills. The skillets, filled with an assortment of tempting ingredients and prepared by the Village Inn Skillet Experts™, make this a sought-after destination. Rounding out the wholesome menu are more of the country’s favorite foods, offering something for everyone, fresh green salads, juicy burgers, all-American sandwiches, traditional dinner entrees like Chicken-Fried Steak and children’s items. Village Inn also serves a wide variety of delicious pies, French Silk, Lemon Supreme, Key Lime, Triple Berry, Country Apple and Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme, to name just a few. Pies are available everyday and pies can be reserved online for pick up year-round. For more information or to order pies, visit or call for Brandon location at 657-7382 or Riverview at 741-3200. The two locations are at 1995 W. Lumsden Rd., in Brandon and 10293 Big Bend Rd., in Riverview.


Rolling Pin Kitchen Classes Plaza Behind Buffalo Wild Wings 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon Spend your next night out at Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium and enjoy a two plus hour fun and unique cooking experience. Whether a night out with a date, a couple escaping the kids, or singles ready to mingle, you are sure to have a good time and a great meal. Most classes include a full meal and complimentary wine/beer. Since 1995, Rolling Pin has been the “Culinary Resource” for the Tampa Bay Area. This locally-owned and operated culinary education center can help you develop the skills necessary to become a confident home chef. Rolling Pin offers cooking classes seven days a week, 8-12 cooking classes per week in a myriad of different styles. Rolling Pin is located at 2080 Badlands Dr., in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or register online at Enter code OSPREYRES to receive 10% OFF your cooking class registration. Offer good through 9/30/13. Hope to see you in the kitchen!


Ryuu Japanese Steak House Westfield Brandon Mall Beside The Cheesecake Factory Ryuu Japanese Steak House offers upscale Teppanyaki dining accompanied with an extended bar area that offers more than 40 kinds of sushi. They have taken the Teppanyaki cooking concept and have given it a more modern aspect. The word, “Teppanyaki” means grilling on an iron plate, but it’s so much more. This type of cooking was introduced to the U.S. shortly after World War II. Diners enjoy Teppanyaki cooking not only for the fresh, flavorful Japanese ingredients, but also for the performance artistry of the chef who masterfully chops and dices the food, then sets the entire grill aflame in the blink of an eye. If dinner with a show is not your forte, you can relax and have dinner or sushi in the bar and booth area of the restaurant. Kids eat free on Tuesdays. Draft beer and house wine is buy one get one free all day, every day. Ryuu Japanese Steakhouse is open seven days a week. They serve lunch Monday-Friday and offer daily specials. For more information, you can visit or call 438-5934. They are located next to The Cheesecake Factory at Westfield Brandon Mall.


A Simpler Place in Time Marketplace at 9905 Carr Rd. across from St. Stephen’s A Simpler Place in Time strives to support local farmers who use organic methods. It will complement its offering with certified organic produce from other regions when it is not available locally through its partner farmers. They also offer conventionally grown produce so you have the ability to choose. You always know exactly where your food is coming from and the growing methods associated with each of their items. The premise is simple; local and organic produce delivered right to your door. You save time and money by eliminating extra stops to specialty stores, while enjoying the convenience of shopping from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device at anytime and anywhere. The site is updated weekly and you can order every week from Tuesday morning through Thursday at 12 Noon, for delivery on Saturday of the same week at There are no long-term commitments or delivery fees, but there is a $25 minimum order. On Friday’s from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., you can also shop at its marketplace or order online and pick up for a 10% off your online order. The marketplace is located at 9905 Carr Rd., in Riverview (across from St. Stephen’s Catholic School off of Boyette Rd. For more information, call 383-4064 or e-mail con


River’s Edge Bar & Grill 6226 Ohio Ave, Gibsonton Where can you have a cold beer or cocktail, listen to live music, grab a bite to eat and watch the dolphins play, all at a single location? Welcome to River’s Edge Bar & Grill. You can get there by car, bike or and enjoy the only river location within miles to include a full bar and kitchen. This great spot is located at 6226 Ohio Ave., in Gibsonton. New owners, the Cremeans Family, have made extensive renovations including an expanded pool room, extended back deck and a new roof. They’ve installed misting fans to keep you cool on hot summer days. There are more expansions to come. They are known (by their customers) as having the best burger in town (which is $6 and includes the fries and all the fixings). There is live music on Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The kitchen is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 Noon-7 p.m. Pool tournaments take place on Tuesday’s at 7 p.m., Ladies Night takes place on Wednesday’s from 6-11 p.m. Happy hour takes place Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. Domestic & Wells for $2.25. The kitchen is not open on Mondays. For more information, call 671-9196 or visit


Butterscotch Lane 5920 Providence Rd. Riverview Do you have a sweet tooth and just want a small cake or cupcake or other baked item or do you need a specialty cake for that special occasion? Butterscotch Lane has just what you need. Everything is baked from scratch, including the fondant. All fillings are made from scratch as well, no jams or preserves. Wedding cake packages that include cake stand, cake cutting, bridal shower cupcakes, rehearsal dinner cake etc., and several packages are available to choose from with delivery and set up offered. Its focus is on serving you in a way that relieves any worry about cake stands, changes in guest count or who will cut the cake properly at your reception. Specialty Cakes for all occasions, decorated cookies and cupcakes for all occasions. Cupcakes, petite cakes (enough for 1-3 people), brownies, cookies and cake pops are available for purchase in the store.Located at 5920-Providence Rd, Suite B, in Riverview, Butterscotch Lane is open Monday –Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 657-1001 or visit


Stonewood Grill & Tavern 612 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Established over 10 years ago, Stonewood Grill & Tavern offers steaks and seafood, along with wine and cocktails. Stonewood’s steakhouse-style Classic Cuts deliver an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy premium aged steaks. It serves only USDA Certified Private Reserve Angus Beef®, from the tender six oz. Filet Mignon to the perfectly-marbled 20-22 oz. Bone-In Ribeye. Fresh seafood has long been a staple at Stonewood. Marinated, seasoned, oak-grilled, blackened or broiled, we offer seafood lovers a wide variety of fish entrées, including eight oz. fillets of Cold Water Atlantic Salmon, Mahi-Mahi, Line Caught Black Grouper, Trout, Sea Bass and Swordfish. Happy Hour takes place until 7 p.m. Enjoy selected wines by the glass and by the bottle at half price until 7 p.m., and selected cocktails are only $7 before 7 p.m. Stonewood is located at 612 E. Bloomingdale Ave., in Brandon.Call 655-9561or visit


Wok Chi Regency Plaza Beside Staples 2420 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon Wok Chi is a stylish, fresh casual restaurant serving authentic, pan regional Chinese food. It offers a fun, interactive experience that honors traditional while embracing contemporary style. It captures the life force energy known as “chi,” which is expressed in the restaurant’s design, cooking style and overall experience. Each stir-fry dish is individually customized and prepared fresh, every single time. The dim sum, from the jioazi (steam-fried dumplings) and spring rolls to the pork buns and crab Rangoon, is always fresh, hearty, made to order and fun to sample. Pick your stir fry, pick your protein and your rice or noodles and Wok Chi will create your fresh meal with our choices. As part of its “spreading positive Chi,” a free cup of hot, healthy, organic, freshly brewed green tea is always available. The restaurant will serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. The check average is $12 and takeout is available. Wok Chi is located in Regency Plaza at 2420 W Brandon Blvd., in Brandon. For more information, please call 315-9877 or visit


Tokyo Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 13420 Boyette Rd. Riverview Like all Japanese steakhouses, the hibachi grill is the main appeal at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Sashimi and sushi rolls, vegetarian items like tofu and soup, steak cooked in front of you on the hibachi and a variety of rice and noodles all make this cuisine worth trying. Asian spices and sauces create unique dishes with a little bit of American flair. Free Wi-Fi to all customers is also offered. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday from 4-10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3-9:30 p.m. Tokyo Japanese is located at 13420 Boyette Rd., in Riverview. For more information, call 689-5544 or visit them on Facebook.

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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!