Tampa Bay Buzz
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December
2014
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 Restaurant Group. “I want to thank all of the Open Table reviewers who put us on this very exclusive list.” The Gonzmart family, owners of Tampa Bay's iconic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, created a new icon when they opened Ulele in the City of Tampa's 105-year-old former Water Works building, which housed the machinery to pump water to the growing...
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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...

Snow falls on Seventh

The forecast is for flurries Saturday evening in Ybor City. You'll find the white stuff blowing in the air on Saturday when Tampa's historic Latin Quarter hosts Tampa Bay's newest holiday tradition: the Snow on 7th holiday festival. The Christmas tree is lit outside Centro Ybor. The marching bands...

The day the South Florida Railroad came to town

Our friends at the Tampa Bay History Center (@tampabayhistory) reminded us via Twitter that today's the day in 1883 that the South Florida Railroad arrived in Tampa Bay. Railroad baron Henry B. Plant was to west Florida what his competitor, Henry Flagler, was to the cities along Florida's Atlantic...

Le Meridien honored as a Historic Hotel

Le Meridien Tampa, Tampa Bay's newest luxury hotel has been honored by Historic Hotels of America. The hotel opened this year in the extensively renovated 1905 federal courthouse in downtown Tampa. The courthouse, which sat empty for years, is on National Register for Historic Places. Today's what...

Tampa Bay is easy on your wallet

When you visit Tampa Bay, you'll go home some great memories -- and a few bucks still in your wallet. That's because Tampa Bay knows how to have a good time without spending a lot of money. The region ranks No. 2 on CouponsDaily.com's new 15 Most Frugal Cities list. Here's what CouponsDaily has to...

Sprichst du Deutsch? Hilf uns, bitte.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? If you’re a fluent German speaker, Visit Tampa Bay needs your help. Starting Dec. 17, Tampa becomes a port of call for AIDAvita, a German cruise line. We’re looking for about a half-dozen volunteers who speak conversation-level German to greet 1,200 disembarking passengers at...

5 Uniquely Tampa Bay Experiences for Visiting AIDA Cruise Passengers

German cruise line AIDA (@aida_de) will make Tampa Bay a monthly port of call starting Dec. 17 and running through April. The ship's 1,200 passengers will have from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during each visit to discover the gems Tampa Bay has to offer. We have a few suggestions: 1. The Florida Aquarium...