Restaurant News: Hello, goodbye 

Empouria opens, one World of Beer location closes.

The second time wasn’t a charm for Margarita Mama’s and Banana Joe’s. Both restaurants are closing only two months after relocating from Channelside in Tampa to the Kress Building at 475 Central Ave. in St. Pete. Immediately following their opening, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants cited the businesses with 10 critical violations, noting a follow-up visit was needed. According to the Tampa Bay Times, building owner Samuel Boutros stated the businesses had violated the terms of their contract and had not paid their share of utility bills or addressed code violations and subcontractor debts. Their busiest night may have been the grand opening, which featured free cocktails and a silent auction that benefited the Children’s Dream Fund…

Perhaps St. Petersburg isn’t big enough for two Worlds of Beers. The city's first World of Beer, located at 5226 Fourth St. N., celebrated its final night on Sun., Oct. 7.

“Tomorrow will be a sad day,” lamented customer Jacqui Ardington. “But it’s not goodbye; it’s see you later, old friend.”

Bartenders shared pints with customers in honor of the final night.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the former craft beer spot is being revamped into a gastropub focusing on locally sourced ingredients. The Downtown St. Pete WOB at 100 Fourth St. S. remains open …

The Chattaway celebrated 91 years at the same location and 61 years with the Frer family on Fri., Oct. 5. On the same day, longtime owner Jillian Frer — the Queen of the Chattaway — turned 80 years old. The Chattaway is famous for its Chattaburgers, wings, kitschy open-air backyard, bathtub planters and high teas…

The bar formerly known as the Independent reopened as Empouria at the end of September. Owner Johnny Vellines closed for renovations and opened the bar in the same building at 29 Third St. N. …

The Edge District Farmers’ Market is moving from the studio at 1000 Central Ave. to the adjacent parking lot with the same address. The fall market opens on Wed., Oct. 10 and is scheduled to run weekly on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. in addition to the Sunday morning market that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. …

University of South Florida Professor Emeritus and Florida Studies Chair Gary Mormino retired last week after 35 years of teaching. Mormino, who is a living, breathing library of Florida-centric food knowledge, celebrated with friends, family and former students at his retirement party. He’s solely responsible for dozens (if not hundreds) of students eating their first Ybor City deviled crab at Carmine's. La Tropicana Café can thank him for starting all his Ybor tours with purchases of café con leches.

The Tampa Bay Times' Jeff Klinkenberg captured (and roasted) his friend Mormino in his Sunday story: “A perpetual student, he tries to learn from anyone who can teach something about Florida, even if it’s a recipe for mullet roe. He knows governors and senators, but he is acquainted with alligator wrestlers, too.”

Mormino can still be spotted purchasing focaccia bread and fresh mozzarella at Mazzaro’s (both of which he fed to students in class regularly) or sipping on a coffee at Kahwa with his wonderful (and patient) wife Lynne.


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