Dining and Drinks

WTFork: Upscale Selene brings modern Mediterranean cuisine to St. Pete Beach

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Denise ParkerTribune correspondent

Hold onto your hats, everyone.

There’s a newish dining destination on the Pinellas beaches that is NOT a great place for grouper sandwiches, onion rings and Key lime pie (not that there’s anything wrong with any of that) or a mediocre tourist trap with Sysco offerings.

A former Village Inn has morphed into Selene, a modern and serenely chillaxing adult oasis. (I didn’t see any children or a kids menu — and a youngster would need to have a pretty adventurous palate to be happy here.) That’s OK, because sometimes grown-ups need a break. The interior is sleek, somewhat minimalistic and awash in the soothing shades of Santorini blue and white.

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Sacred Pepper gives Mediterranean twist to menu

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By MARY SCOURTES GREACENSpecial Correspondent

If Sacred Pepper is not a smashing success, it is not for lack of creativity, attention to detail and a liberal dose of love.

“My mom always chose to be in the background, now she stands out on her own with this beautiful restaurant, Sacred Pepper,” said Lisa DeBartolo.

While DeBartolo Holdings has owned other restaurants, this one is almost mother Candy DeBartolo’s fourth child.

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New brewery opening this fall wants to add to Ybor’s beer, music culture

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Sean BowesSpecial Correspondent

Sweet-smelling cigar smoke and sounds of crowing roosters has long been a part of the Ybor City experience, but the taste of craft beer is cementing its place around the historic neighborhood.

Soon, Rock Brothers Brewing will be the newest spot in town to fill pints, growlers and kegs, but if you’re thinking the location will be a run-of-the-mill brewery complete with vacant warehouse décor, a thrown together cornhole game setup and a simple bar with draft beer, think again.

For years, Rock Brothers Brewing’s founders Tony Casoria and Kevin Lilly have made as many connections in the music industry as they have in the beer world. Long before shifting his career to festival planning — and beer — Lilly worked as a professional musician, playing guitar in various bands. These connections have helped the duo regularly collaborate with popular artists, such as 311, Hootie and The Blowfish and Have Gun, Will Travel. The best part of these relationships is each band customizes a personal beer, which is brewed and canned in their honor.

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Dozens of food trucks rolling into Tampa this weekend

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TBO.com staff

More than 75 food trucks will roll into the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend for the first Discover the Food Festival.

The event, running 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, is a “twist” on the Food Truck Festival previously held at the fairgrounds, the Florida State Fair Authority said, with the addition of craft beer vendor Coppertail Brewing Co. as well as selections from Budweiser, which will also be there with its Beer Garden Experience mobile bar truck.

Among the many food trucks set for the event are Hott Mess, Skoops Italian Ice, Claws and More and Monsta Lobsta, the fair authority said.

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Spaghetti Warehouse fans want restaurant to move out of Ybor, company says

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TBO.com staff

It has been an up-and-down ride for loyal fans of the 33-year-old Ybor City restaurant Spaghetti Warehouse.

First, they announced they were closing, then said they weren’t closing. Then they asked their customers to vote on where they should relocate the restaurant if it moves out of the former cigar factory that currently houses it.

Well, more than 5,400 customers have weighed in, and their most common answer is Brandon, the restaurant reported Thursday.

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Sprinkles Bakery brings Cupcake ATM to Tampa April 28

Published:   |   Updated: April 21, 2016 at 04:35 PM
Selene SanFeliceTribune staff

In a week, Tampa will have its very own Cupcake ATM.

Sprinkles Bakery will bring its cookie, cupcake and ice cream craze to Hyde Park Village on April 28 starting at 9 a.m.

The national chain, which bills itself as “the world’s first cupcake bakery,” will be serving up new cupcake flavors like Black Velvet and Lemon Meringue in store and through the 24/7/365 ATM.

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$1 sandwiches at Jimmy John’s on Thursday

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JANINE DORSEYTBO.com staff

Don’t bother to brown bag it on Thursday, April 21.

You can get a much cheaper lunch when you visit your local Jimmy John’s for Customer Appreciation Day.

Stop in at participating locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get an 8-inch sandwich for just $1 for the chain’s Customer Appreciation Day.

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Free organic shake at Evos on Earth Day

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Janine DorseyTBO.com staff

Celebrate Earth Day with some “feel good fast food” at Evos.

You can get a free organic milkshake, no purchase necessary, on Friday.

The offer is good while supplies last, with a limit of one per person.

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WTFork: Boutique burger joint Drama Burger stages a memorable meal

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Denise ParkerTribune correspondent

OK, drama-seekers … at long last you’ll be welcomed somewhere.

Drama Burger, which opened on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa in December 2015, is a funky little Lithuanian (yes, you read correctly) boutique burger spot housed in a repurposed Chinese drive-thru restaurant.

Just don’t go in expecting fancy trappings, despite the fact that it’s conceivable to pay $13 or more for a burger here. Instead, the venue has an offbeat charm with its minimalist, industrial Eastern Euro-chic décor, concrete floors, mix-and-match furniture and eclectic pendant lights.

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Free McDonald’s extra value meal when Lightning win

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JANINE DORSEYTBO.com staff

Let’s gooooo..., Lightning!

When the Lightning win during the NHL playoffs, you can win, too.

While the Tampa Bay Lightning remain in the hockey playoff race, with every win Tampa Bay area fans will score a free medium extra value meal.

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