Tampa Bay Buzz
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January
2015
South Tampa's Ava now serves lunch
Looking for a new lunch place? Try Ava. South Tampa's newest restaurant is now open for lunch at 718 S. Howard Ave. Less than two months after pulling back the curtain on his piece of Tampa Bay's trendy SoHo area, principal owner Michael Stewart has expanded his offerings beyond dinner. "We've got our dinner service in shape, and we thought starting lunch in the new year made sense," Stewart told the Tampa Bay Business Journal this week.  Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant closes between 2 p.m. and the start of dinner at 5 p.m. The lunch menu covers the basics: pizzas, salads and sandwiches along with a smattering of items from...
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Conde Nast honors Le Meridien Tampa

Downtown's Le Meridien Tampa hotel has racked up another win. The new hotel is listed as one of the top places to stay in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. "An old courthouse converted to hotel in the center of town. The update couldn't have landed in better hands than the folks at Le Meridien,"...

15 reasons to visit Tampa Bay in 2015

The Outback Bowl kicked off another busy year in Tampa Bay, with loads of new things to see, do and eat. If you're local, 2015 is the year to explore your hometown like a tourist. And if you're a tourist, 2015 is the year you should take over Tampa Bay. Here are some good places to start: Lights on...

Florida Cracker cuisine gets to Shine

Tampa Bay's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood sprouts another cutting-edge restaurant today with the opening of Fodder & Shine. Fodder & Shine (@FodderandShine), 5910 N. Florida Ave., was created by Greg and Michelle Baker, owners of the award-winning Refinery restaurant a few blocks to the...

Your 2015 Outback Bowl Tampa Bay to-do list

Expedia Viewfinder partnered up with Visit Tampa Bay to reveal things to do while in town during the big game. Every New Year’s Day, the third pick college football teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference play in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. This year, the...

Tampa Bay? There's an app for that.

You can now carry around everything you need to know about visiting Tampa Bay in one device. Visit Tampa Bay's 2015 Official Visitors Guide is now available as an iPad app. Apple posted the app to its iTunes store this weekend. This is the second year the 80-page guide to discovering Tampa Bay's...

Ulele among top 100 US restaurants

Three months after it opened, Tampa Bay's Ulele restaurant has made Open Table's list of the Top 100 restaurants in the country. “This is a great honor, especially because Ulele has only been open since Aug. 26,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation co-owner and president of the Columbia...

6 Tampa Bay pioneers honored

Tampa Bay honored 6 of its founding citizens Friday morning with busts on the Tampa Riverwalk. The statues will join the dozen already lining the 2.5-mile waterfront promenade through downtown. The Historic Monument Trail captures important figures in Tampa Bay's history, from Native Americans to...