This week’s foodie news roundup is absolutely massive. When it comes to openings, locals have a little something for whatever they’re craving—wine, coffee, ice cream or a loaded chicken sando. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has a slew of joints under construction like mostly vegan “fast-food” spot Nojaks and a new food hall. COVID-19 took another great one from us, however, as it led to the shuttering of Room 901 in the ‘Burg. Make sure to keep our poppin’ food scene alive by supporting local, and grabbing it to-go if you’re not ready to venture into the world.


Cafe Vino Tinto After over a year of renovations, Cafe Vino Tinto officially debuted its new location. The new location offers indoor as well as covered outdoor seating. Since 2016, Cafe Vino Tinto has been known for serving up an impressive lineup of espresso drinks, eats like frittatas, waffles with housemade syrups. 509 Main St., Safety Harbor. facebook.com/cafevinotintocoffee

Gracie Pasta & Provisions If permitting goes smoothly, the specialty shop is set to open its second location this week. Gracie offers handcrafted pasta, macaroons, gourmet cheeses, jams as well as locally sourced fruits and veggies. 1431 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. graciepasta.com

Hogg Batch The local coffee roasters launched a production facility in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District. Hogg Batch wants to use the address as a pickup spot for its customers and as a place to explore innovative ways to do retail geared toward home roasters. Just a heads up, the storefront is not functioning as a coffee shop, but the owners do intend to host occasional pop-ups and tastings. 2327 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. hoggbatch.com

Sip The wine bar is stacked with reds and whites available in three serving sizes: “sip” (1.5 oz.), get “some” (3 oz.), or pour a little “more” (6 oz.). Sip also offers brews, flatbreads and curated charcuterie. 6710 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. sipstpete.wpengine.com

Sprinkles This Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sprinkles is hosting its grand opening complete with raffles abd buy-one-get-one cups or cones (the offer expires October 1). That includes Sprinkles’ keto and vegan options, too. The shop also serves pie by the slice, cookies, muffins, malts and smoothies. 6870 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. sprinkles6870.com

Tender Shack Local Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations are offering the chicken-focused concept on DoorDash. The menu features “Nashville Hot AF” and “Dang Good Seasoned” chicken tenders and sandwiches. Along with fries, customers can also choose from six different dipping sauces including buttermilk ranch which the menu calls “ranch but with a kick” and the “spiced just right” Tender Shack sauce. Order via DoorDash from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. doordash.com

Wicked Oak Barbecue Wicked Oak Barbecue officially launched its storefront within Seminole Heights’ King of the Coop. The menu is filled with the concept’s signature eats like loaded mac and cheese, BBQ fries and nachos, pulled chicken and pork sandos as well as house-made sauces. 6607 N. Florida Ave., Seminole Heights. facebook.com/wickedoakbarbeque

Coming Soon

The Brickyard/Pizza N’ Brew Two concepts are taking over the former Caddy’s On Central Space. Scheduled for a December debut, The Brickyard moves into the 8,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor patio space serving small plates of American fare. Pizza N’ Brew is stationed in the smaller adjacent building where it’ll serve New York-style ‘za by the slice and pie. 217 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. segretis.com

Dignitary Cafe Local media celeb and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ian Beckles has plans for a South Tampa brick-and-mortar cafe. The space still doesn’t have an announced address or opening date, but its purpose is to extend Beckles’ “Dignitary Life” business, which connects influential individuals across Tampa Bay to local businesses. @dignitary_cafe on Instagram.

Manhattan Food Hall A food hall is set to open next month within the revamped Historic Manhattan Casino. Manhattan Food Hall is opening in increments, beginning with a coffee shop and small bites to accommodate social distancing, around early October. Once the phases are complete, look out for a relaunch event early 2021. 642 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. 727- 266-2667. @manhattanstpete on Instagram

Nojaks Initially slated for a late spring opening, the mostly vegan “fast-food” joint is opening mid-October in downtown Tampa. Two of the signature burgers on the working menu are vegan, with a traditional beef patty option. The restaurant plans to be open late to feed those stumbling back from The Hub. 305 E. Polk St., Tampa. nojakstastyfood.com

Pups Pub Scheduled to open before the end of the year, the indoor-outdoor dog park and bar is taking over the former space of South Tampa’s short-lived Old School Bar and Grill. Just a heads up, Pups Pub is 21-and-up for humans. 2202 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. pupspubtampa.com

The Saint Won’t be much longer until the Grand Central District welcomes a speakeasy. The Saint acquired its food license late August, which means it can open before the restriction on bars is lifted. The speakeasy has been teasing its signature cocktails, including one martini that invites guests to catch a flavored smoke bubble. Located on the ground floor of the historic Mari-Jean Hotel and is decked out in religious, and not-so religious, memorabilia like crosses, a Saint Peter mural by Chad Mize, candles galore, and framed photos of nuns doing less-than-nun-like things. 49 24th St. N., St. Petersburg. thesaintspeakeasy.com


Room 901 After four years in business, Room 901, referred to as “The Conversation Bar,” has closed for good in St. Pete’s Edge District (stylized “EDGE”). Owner Peg Wesselink pulled the trigger on shutting down in early August after not being able to recover from the financial backlash from the COVID-19 shutdowns of bars.

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