I see Fresh Market as more of a direct competitor to Rollin' Oats, and with it's nearly-finished (and long awaited) expansion, it appears FM has not negatively impacted Rollin Oats.
I think the 4th Street neighborhood can support everyone. Just look at the TWO Publix (Publixes? Publii?) on 38th and 4th. The Northeast Shopping Center Publix has been consistently number one for the entire chain, so volume-wise there is enough room for another high-quality entrant.
It's also true that TJ is a much better corporate neighbor than others. Although Casita Taqueria is certainly acceptable (a place that's CLOSED on Sundays? What's up with THAT?), but what is that compared to a DECENT grocery store focusing on natural, vegetarian, vegan and especially non-GMO foods.
I, for one, welcome our new Trader Joe's overlords.
I would love a Trader Joe's on 4th St. but why can't they look at the vacant buildings at the corner of 38th N and what was going to be the Hip Hop Soda Shop down toward Gandy. Perhaps it's a matter of not enough parking though the Sarasota location is a parking nightmare.
As someone with multiple allergies, it's exciting to hear I will have more than one option going forward. Rolling Oats is great, but a second option would be nice, as well. I don't think the current locations of Casita and Ringside are that great... I don't go because... eh... not much happening on 4th.
I was very sad to hear that Casita, Ringside and other local businesses are getting displaced. I plan to continue to support them wherever they end up.
From what I've read, at least, TJ is one of the better big stores in terms of pay, service, etc. But there are plenty of other locations they could go in instead, where they would not be forcing out our existing independent businesses. Big and small, I think, could happily co-exist. But driving out the small ones is wrong, and having one Big Box after another will completely change -- for the worse -- the feel and character of St. Pete. -- Ester, LocalShops1
Can't wait!! hurry up already :)
Although I can't argue with the idea that Trader Joe's could more easily land in a vacant Sweetbay location I love Casita and don't go there nearly as much as I would like to simply because they have no parking. Move Casita and Ringside somewhere where there is more room to park and sit regardless of Trader Joe's but hurry up with Trader Joe's as I am sick of driving to Sarasota
Hey GeekedChef, Florida Cane Distillery limits each distillery visit to 10 people. Apologies for any confusion!
When you say 10 people per tour does that mean your party must be 10 people or only 10 people (as in I could bring one other and join other groups to meet a number of 10)?
dough...what a joke...overpriced or should i say priced right for the south tampa snobs who pay for overpriced mediocrity
as for the chef macchia? pretty sure we'll be reading about her departure from this venture before the middle of next year
lookin pretty tasty!
I love Red Mesa. I'm still a little sore the Chino Latino isn't on the menu anymore. That plate would be a contender for my "last meal on death row".
Next time I'm in Tampa, I'm there! This sounds awesome!
and 3 years later Best of the Bay "best soup" goes to non-other than The Stone Soup Company.
Love Debbie, love her food and love Della's. I agree... it's a must visit location. Everyone deserves to splurge on themselves and if you're gonna do it, you might as well make it amazing!
Just one beer week, and one beer festival to support it.
hmmm how many beer weeks does tampa have now?
Ryan...you might want to get ALL the facts about that night and do your research before writing this article. You failed to mention that two innocent patrons were severely attacked while trying to get in their vehicle, also there are a couple of misstatements, as I have a copy of the police report. Yes, it's true, that due to this fight they no longer are doing the Long Island Ice Tea night, but if you are going to mention any part of the fight and people who were injured, then mention ALL parties, don't leave out facts....that is just poor journalism.
Not busy any more...what a waste of space.....George come back!
We went on a Thursday and it was dead! Not sure what sensible voice is talking about - it's like a ghost town over there. Also what happened to the music? Instead of dj curated music during happy hour, they have something called rockbot where people pick what they want to hear from a very limited list. And you have to buy credits on the thing. And the selection stinks!! What were they thinking?
Here are some places that have a NO CORKAGE CHARGE policy:
Ocean Prime; Kona Grill; Trattoria Pasquale Italian, & Brio Italian
Here are some others with their charge. Call to verify.
Flemings- $20.00 ; Roys- $20.00 ; Michael's 717 South- $16.00 ;Malio's - $25.00
Capital Grille - $25.00 ; Charley's Steak $15.00 ; Texas de Brazil- $20.00 ; Oyster Catchers - $20.00 ; Chart House $20.00; Seasons 52 - $15.00; Jacksons - $10.00;
Our favorite is Flemings for Steaks, but reservations suggested, especially in March (Spring Training, etc.)
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