The Paddywagon describes itself as an "upscale twist on the neighborhood bar experience." During the ribbon cutting, part-owner Jeff Barnes credited the downtown community for organically fueling the bar's growth through word of mouth since its soft opening in May.
Anise Global Gastropub blends Asian cuisine with a range of tapas, and also offers specialty made cocktails and wines. Behind its sophisticated interior, is a concept that grew from a food truck operated by Kevin and Xuan Hurt. The mayor prided himself on his efforts to develop the food truck scene from a legal perspective, and at one point even got behind the bar and mixed some drinks.
The two new businesses join a solid selection of other restaurants, cafes and eateries that all opened in downtown during the past year, including Le Mouton Noir Bakehouse, Tunduree, Sapphire Room, Crystal Dining Room, CENA, Oxford Exchange, Bay Bistro, and the Bamboozle Tea Lounge.
Well, we were actually on our way to Publix to pick up food. We would have taken 15th Street North if we didn't need to stop at the store. While turning north onto Nebraska from Caracas Avenue, I saw a unique mural being painted on a little gray building directly across the street from my block.
Despite the sweltering heat, more than 100 people showed up to the dedication of the Adamo Drive Mural, American Journey, joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn and mural artist Michael Parker in a dedication ceremony to celebrate its official unobstructed view, allowing all a glimpse of Ybor City’s rich history.
Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa community leaders this Tuesday, May 21, to celebrate the newly finished Adamo Drive Mural. The dedication is taking place at 2 p.m. which will include a preliminary session with the artist, Michael Parker, and a reception afterward.
Karen Cashon and Heather Wolf-Erickson presented a concept for the park, which would be a fenced-in area in an undeveloped part of Henry and Ola Park. Features would include water fountains for both humans and canines and handicap accessible pathways. Current cost estimates came at just under $40 thousand. Both stressed that all plans were strictly hypothetical and no money has been secured by the city.
“We've had a lot of community support and had some people who were not interested in the dog park,” said Wolf-Erickson of the planning process, “so I get to listen to both of those phone calls and I'm excited to listen to people who don't want it and I'm excited to listen to those that do. Maybe it's not the right place, maybe we have to keep looking but we wanted to do our due diligence. Yes there are a lot of dogs in the area, but there's no formula. Just because you want it doesn’t mean we need it. That's why we're doing this background work.”
"It was a super emotional decision [to move] but it is really good," Williams said Monday. "The opportunity came up and we decided it would be perfect."
But during the club's board meeting this week, it didn't take long to notice that the prints along with several vintage shuffleboard trophies and a scoreboard had gone missing.
As Floridians, hurricanes are routine. We are conditioned to it, the pace of preparation every year like clockwork. But as one New Yorker wrote me this morning, "Yes, you guys have hurricanes down there unfortunately. NYC does not, sadly."
So here are some ways people in the area are helping or can help.
Pedal America TV, a national PBS TV show about bicycle riding, spotlighted a Tampa neighborhood bicycle club last December and dispatched the show's host Ira David to the historic residential district of Central Tampa.
It will be aired this morning on Monday at 9 a.m. on PBS station WEDU Plus (605 on Bright House, 203 on Comcast, 137 on Knology and 475).Visit bike activist Alan Snel's blog for more info or Pedal America's site.
We'll keep you posted on future dates or when a video comes available.
Here's a promo of the show:
Women from every generation, old and young, and their male feminist counterparts gathered on the corner of Park Street Saturday morning. Outside Republican State Representative Larry Ahern's St. Petersburg office, about 30-40 activists held signs and chanted. Awake Pinellas organized the march as part of a national day against war on women.
"Larry Ahern is not a friend of women's rights," Dunedin attorney BJ Star said.
Star is the president of the West Pinellas National Organization for Women or NOW. She joined NOW in 1975 when she was a police officer.
"I was facing differential treatment from superior officers and the union wasn't sympathetic back then," Star said."So I went to law school so I would never have to have someone else explain the law to me. I will explain it to them now."