Edge Eatery Originally scheduled to open in late 2021, the multi-faceted restaurant and lounge celebrated its grand opening on Friday, July 15 in downtown Saint Petersburg, on the ground floor of the luxury Fusion 1560 apartment building. With two different restaurants serving a wide range of dishes, a low-key lounge, a Colombian restaurant specializing in sangria, and a live bar stocked with a variety of beers, wines and spirits – EDGE is located in the newest hotspot in downtown St. Pete. , a total of five new concepts. Carne D’Vino—which debuted from EDGE Collective last year—plates Italian sandwiches and pizzas, The Cuban Sandwichere specializes in sweet and savory Latin American fare, while Saint Pete’s Sangrias serves Colombian-inspired food and drinks. EDGE Eatery’s fifth concept is a low-key bar and listening room with indoor and outdoor seating called The District Lounge, located behind the main dining hall area. 1572 Central Ave. , Saint Petersburg. edge_eatery on Instagram
ash Earlier this week, Strategic Property Partners announced its latest Ash concept, which will debut on the ground floor of the Asher Building in Water Street Tampa in the spring of 2023. The brand-new restaurant has been brought to downtown Tampa with a household name: Proper House Group (PHG), the minds behind Rooster & The Till, Nebraska Mini Mart, and more. PHG said its latest concept will specialize in Italian-inspired cuisine and boast a spacious 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio. Ash’s menu will offer “focused, fun and playful cuisine with Italian undertones”, and will play the role of neighbor to the UK’s popular Wagamama restaurant. The upcoming Italian eatery will be Tampa’s fifth concept for the restaurant group, along with recent Bib Gourmand winner Rooster & The Till, Nebraska Mini Mart, Gallito Taqueria and Asian-inspired Dang Dude—which debuted at Sparkman Wharf earlier in the day. This year. 1050 Water Street Tampa. ashtampa on Instagram
salty donut Tampa Bay is about to get saltier. Handcrafted donuts and brewed coffee from Salty Donut have found a new home in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village. The Miami-based chain’s new storefront will move to 1519 W Swann Ave. , according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The family-owned business offers a variety of locally sourced specialty cakes, including caramel crumbs, buttercream, raspberry coffee cake, gluten-free and sea salt chocolate chips, vegan cinnamon rolls, and Oreo cake pops. A mix of caffeinated drinks on the menu, including Cinnamon Milk Latte, Maple Brown Cold Drinks, Cortados, Cappuccinos, and The Salty Donut signature drink. No specific date has been set for its opening. 1519 W Swann Ave. , Tampa. saltydonut.com – Max Steel
3 Girls Brewing French Fry Festival Carb lovers unite – the annual celebration of French fries for 3 Brewing Girls is back. Held from 6pm to 10pm on Friday 15th July, this festival is packed with local food trucks with exclusive menus, live music and 3 signature artisanal drinks from girls. Food truck assortment includes: Pamz Pizza Cones, Anju Korean Gastro, Flip’n Tasty Filipino, and Mediterranean spot Maggie on the Move. Each food truck will bring its own twist on the classic potato dish, along with their regular menus. This year’s French Fries Festival is free to attend; Food prices vary from truck to truck. Besides all the delicious treats these food trucks will have to offer, there’s a live show by a multi-faceted cover, a Bus Stop band at 8pm, and all-you-can-drink craft brews. 222 Street 22 St., St. Petersburg. 3dbrewing.com
Willa St. Teresa 1796 Rum “Daiq-Off” Whether you know how to pronounce “Daiq-Off” or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you can sample some Santa Teresa cocktails at Willa’s annual daiquiri-making competition this week. Happening on Tuesday, July 19 at 5 p.m., Hyde Park Restaurant hosts an annual “Daiq-Off” competition where Tampa Bay’s best bartenders compete through three rounds of daiquiris making: the classic daiquiris, the Hotel Nacional and Hemingway daiquiris, and the old-fashioned. And no, we’re not sure what the difference is between them either. A $25 ticket will get you two cocktails, small meals from Willa, and access to music by DJ AJ Hall. The winner of the daiquiri boasts the title of “Fastest Tins in West Florida” and a grand prize of $500. Tickets and more information can be found at resy.com. 170 W Fig St, Tampa.
Bandit Coffee Co. Popup. x Lost Coast Oyster Co. Hey mums hunters – a specialty raw pub event is heading to downtown St Pete next week. This delicious pop-up happens on July 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Bandit Coffee Co. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the founders of Lost Coast Oysters, Brian and Lindsey Rosegger, as well as chat with them about farming, sustainability, and the positive impacts of aquaculture in the Tampa Bay area. Besides its raw bar, there will be an assortment of eclectic small plates crafted by Bandit chefs – which include sourdough focaccia with guava butter and basil oil, French fries topped with smoked paprika and fermented shijito mayonnaise and Surf n’ Turf hot dog with blue crab Scrambled avocado, pico de gallo, and crunchy shallots. There’s no door fee for this Monday night event, but Bandit’s mini plates will range from $6 to $9, with locally-bred oysters—which are sold for half a dozen and a dozen—at market price. David Heath of Arash Selects, a Florida-based importer and distributor, will also be there to pour a hand-picked selection of natural wines that complement the fresh oysters and small plates. 2662 Central Ave., Saint Petersburg. lostcoastoysters.com
Longtime CL food reviewer heads to Casa Santo Stefano I’m not sure if it was because my grandfather was a sea captain who brought people to Ellis Island or perhaps the horrific spectacle of Ukrainians rushing to flee their homeland in the face of war, but Immigrant Tales by Richard Gonsmart in Casa Santo Stefano’s List brought tears to my eyes. We decided to start with a delicious hand-painted oval dish of six arancini – breaded risotto balls, mixed with bolognese, mozzarella, and peas. They are served with a small bowl of fresh salsa that sings with the acidity of the tomatoes and isn’t a bit spicy. You can almost imagine the little mouths eager around their grandmother’s kitchen table, seated with wide eyes, offering their close friends an “I told you so” look with every tempting bite.—John Palmer Claridge
Caspers Corporation to sell all of its McDonald’s sites There are hundreds of McDonald’s locations throughout Tampa Bay, and a large portion of them will receive a change of ownership this fall. The Caspers Company, which owns dozens of McDonald’s storefronts across Florida, recently announced plans to sell all of its locations on October 1, though no other financial details were disclosed. With 60 locations stretching from Tampa Bay to Jacksonville to Tallahassee, the Tampa-based company has been running franchises for the fast food chain since the 1950s. The Tampa Bay Business Journal, which broke the news earlier this week, details the general trend of McDonald’s companies buying franchisees’ locations, though it’s uncertain whether that’s the direction Caspers will take. casperscompany.com