Ups and downs 

Columbia soars at TIA, Boundary closes.

BEFORE: Chef Jason Kingsley (left) with Jim Wilson at the Boundary earlier this year. JAMES OSTRAND

Only six months after opening in the formerly notorious Club B2T (Bottom to the Top) strip club at 1101 First Ave. North in St. Petersburg, the Boundary American Grille & Tavern has closed. Former Meze 119 chef Jason Kingsley (whom I named Best New Chef You Oughta Know in the 2012 Best of the Bay issue) and partner Jim Wilson confirmed the rumor this week on Facebook.

“For whatever reason it just did not do the business we had predicted and would not support a business of that size,” Wilson wrote. “I will reopen in the latter part of January in Gulfport’s Art District at 2930 Beach Blvd.”

Wilson says Kingsley will stay on as head chef, but the restaurant’s new name will be the Dish Neighborhood Bistro…

The uber-trendy downtown Green lounge bar, sandwiched between Central Organics and Mandarin Hide, is now Café del Mar. Located at 243 Central Ave., downtown St. Pete’s newest lounge boasts full liquor (before it was just beer and wine, and liquor limited to that evening’s menu) and a large outdoor patio with live music…

Doug Dozark, son of Peg’s Cantina owners, has officially opened his own brewery. Cycle Brewing celebrated the end of the world with a craft beer extravaganza at Peg’s on Dec. 21. Partygoers chugged growlers of RareR DOS, pints of Batch 200 (coffee with cream Imperial Porter) and a Rum Batch 200 “RareR” ale. Keep a watchful eye on the ales coming out of Dozark’s brewery; chances are they’ll be very tasty. Distribution of Cycle Brewing beers is slowly but surely reaching the community via Keep the Pint nights at Willard’s Tap House in Largo and special casks at Ale and the Witch. For now, your safest bet for finding a Cycle Brewing beer is a trip to Peg’s (3038 Beach Blvd., Gulfport, 727-328-2720)…

Tampa International Airport’s CEO Joe Lopano must be smiling, because the Daily Meal just named Columbia Restaurant one of the globe’s top 31 spots for airport dining. It’s been almost two years since Lopano took over TIA, hiring Bhavesh Patel as director of concessions to assemble a sampling of dining options from the local community.

Shula’s Steak House, Cigar City Brewing, Mise en Place’s First Flight wine bar, the Green Iguana, and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe can all be found throughout the airport. CL’s Mitch Perry checked out TIA’s new tastes in June’s Food Issue. The Columbia is located in Airside E (for airlines Delta and Air Canada). Perry reported that the owners brought in authentic Spanish chandeliers, photos of family, and of course the Spanish and Cuban cuisine they’ve been serving for over the last century.

The airport menu has been simplified to keep wait times short for travelers, featuring such items as the Cuban sandwich, 1905 Salad, and Spanish Bean Soup. Also on the menu are Miranda’s Ybor City Devil Crab Croquettes and Cafe con Leche.

Florida’s oldest restaurant ranked number 25 out of 31 airport restaurants across the globe, including eateries at major hubs like Singapore, San Franscisco, London, Paris and Munich. Restaurants were judged on cuisine and style/decor/service. The Columbia Cafe at Tampa International Airport is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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