Tampa Bay restaurant and bar openings: The Bier Boutique taps into Historic Uptown, Dunedin gets a Crazy Burrito
St. Petersburg restaurant Sophia’s Cucina and Enoteca also puts a spin on Italian classics in the Grand Central District.
The Bier Boutique
As its name suggests, the Bier Boutique, which opened last week, is all about craft beer. The tap list puts an emphasis on Tampa Bay and Florida drafts, plus more brews in cans and bottles. Not into beer? Pair cocktails or wine with Midwest-style comfort food like the signature bison burgers. The Bier Boutique features an indoor-outdoor industrial setting with roll-up garage doors and a nice view of Round Lake. Owned by Scott and Heather Brookey, the bar and restaurant joins recent arrivals Flatbread and Butter and Pete’s General in the Historic Uptown area of St. Petersburg. 465 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 827-2691. thebierboutique.com.
A second location for Crazy Burrito means Pinellas County can get in on the tostadas, tacos and, of course, burritos Hillsborough has enjoyed for more than a year. You choose from nearly 20 fat rollups, including the California (steak, fries, beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese) and pastor (seasoned pork, rice, beans, pico de gallo, cheese). Wine and beer complete the menu in laid-back digs. 1140 Main St., Unit 2 and 3, Dunedin. (727) 240-4527.
Sophia’s Cucina and Enoteca
The new restaurant from Lolita’s Wine Market owners Kelly and Alex Rodriguez debuted last week in the funky Grand Central District of St. Petersburg. Part of the Vintin Hotel, Sophia’s Cucina and Enoteca elevates traditional Italian dishes using modern flair. Limoncello cheesecake and wagyu beef carpaccio are two dreamy-sounding options. 2349 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 440-7764.
Chicken Salad Chick
Chicken Salad Chick’s fifth local restaurant has opened in South Tampa. The fast-casual franchise founded in 2008 tops everything from sandwiches to leafy greens with Southern-inspired chicken salad made on-site. Later this year, Chicken Salad Chick will also expand to Brandon.4050 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 501-6625. chickensaladchick.com.
The Wine Bar Cafe
This relaxed Seminole Heights hangout known for small plates, wine and live tunes launched in August 2018 at 6428 N Florida Ave., but closed Saturday after its final service.
The Nest is changing its business model. According to a May 23 Facebook post, the neighborhood kitchen will morph into a delivery-only eatery starting May 27. The Nest opened in November 2018 to provide South Tampa with a convenient, made-to-order breakfast and lunch option. 2217 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 512-6099. thenestnk.com.
Sunshine Kitty Catfe
The Grand Central District will welcome St. Petersburg’s first cat cafe. Founder and self-proclaimed “cat whisperer” Amanda Jones has unveiled the whereabouts of Sunshine Kitty Catfe, her coffee shop and temporary home for adoptable felines from no-kill animal shelter Friends of Strays. “Located in the heart of downtown on 1st Ave South, this 2-story building is a block from #Tropicana Field and surrounded by a ton of construction at the moment,” she wrote on Sunshine Kitty Catfe’s Facebook page last week. Jones aims to open sometime in fall. 1663 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. sunshinekittycatfe.com.
Originally established as a food truck in 2014, the quick-service franchise is planning a Tampa location. Chick’nCone specializes in panko-breaded fried chicken tossed with a signature sauce and presented in waffle cones — no utensils needed (seriously, forks aren’t provided). Other Florida outposts of the franchise are headed for Miami and Fort Lauderdale, joining mobile and brick-and-mortar locations in New York, Colorado, Texas, Kentucky and even Dubai. chickncone.com.