When local executive chef Chris Burkey, Steve Bishop, Adam Itzkowitz and Lithia CPA John Zelatis met to talk about barbecue and grilling, the meeting turned into an instant bonding of friends, business partners and barbecue.
“When Steve Bishop, Adam Itzkowitz and I get together, it’s a total foodie gathering,” Zelatis said. “You have to see us sit down at food tasting, it’s the most hysterical thing you will ever see. Then we met Chris this past January to hang out and barbecue. By the end of the day, we were spoon-feeding each other. All of us have a lot of passion for food.”
It was this food passion between the four men that helped to make Craft A’fare Social Kitchen (Cask) more than just the number one brunch spot in Tampa. They have taken the restaurant to the next level, which is a dinner destination in South Tampa.
“We have always been known as the best brunch restaurant in Tampa,” said Burkey. “On the weekends, you couldn’t get a seat in the restaurant, but during the week it was very slow. Once John; Steve; Cask’s sous-chef, Kyle; and I got together, we got our inspiration for our new dinner menu from Cask itself. It was all what we feel Cask is about and the vibe of Cask. The name has a Southern feel to it and we’re known for the vibe and feel, so what wanted it to show in the menu items.”
Cask Social is a product of The Social Kitchen Company. Under the direction of Burkey, Cask strives to serve the best in new American fare and handcrafted cocktails. Boasting an extensive whiskey menu, local craft beer offerings and handcrafted cocktails, its bar staff are ready to satisfy any taste.
Locals from all over the bay area can wind down their workdays with Cask’s happy hour every week, Tuesday through Friday. During Cask’s popular Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch services, Cask is the ultimate South Tampa location to eat, drink and be social.
If you would like to learn more about Cask or check out its new menu options, visit https://casksocial.com/. Cask Social is located at 208 S. Howard Ave. in Tampa. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through Cask’s website or by calling the restaurant at 813-251-0051.
The restaurant is closed on Monday. Its hours of operation the rest of the week are Tuesday through Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.