01. WALK-ON’S SPORTS BISTREAUX COMING TO MIDTOWN TAMPA
The Louisiana-inspired sports bar and grill Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux recently announced the development of a new location in the soon-to-open Midtown Tampa. Owned by former NFL quarterback Drew Brees, the restaurant has unveiled plans to open six Tampa locations within the next five years. Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux serves up a combination of traditional sports bar dishes, like burgers and tacos, alongside more Cajun-influenced ones, such as shrimp and grits. The chain has yet to release an opening date for the Midtown location.
02. SUPERNATURAL FOOD & WINE OPENS IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA
Downtown Tampa just gained another lunchtime sandwich and salad option. Supernatural Food & Wine has moved to 305 Polk St., the former location of Nojak’s. The restaurant is open and ready for customers, with a menu consisting of sandwiches like chicken salad, BLT, turkey and ranch, and many salad variations. Supernatural Food & Wine also offers vegan options, such as the roasted chickpea salad sandwich.
03. THE LARGEST BUILDING IN WATER STREET TAMPA TOPS OUT
1050 Water Street, the largest building in phase one of Water Street Tampa, has officially finished vertical construction. The building will be home to 490 apartment homes, and it spans 22 stories and 495,000 square feet. 1050 Water Street will also feature the development’s largest pool deck and a versatile rooftop space with numerous amenities, such as cabanas, outdoor kitchens and an entertainment lawn. The building is also complete with 24-hour concierge service and 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
04. WILLA’S OPENS IN NORTH HYDE PARK
Family-friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar Willa’s opened its doors to customers in North Hyde Park this month. The restaurant is owned by Tampa natives Nate Siegel and Merrin Jenkins, with the restaurant deriving its name from the latter’s great-great-grandmother. Willa’s menu primarily consists of American cuisine with French influences, with the restaurant’s signature dish being its rotisserie chicken.
05. POP ’N SONS DINER TO BECOME THE NEW LOCATION FOR BIRD & BONE RESTAURANT
Richard Hales, chef and co-founder of the Miami-based Grateful Hospitality group, has revealed his plans of building a Bird & Bone restaurant in the location that formerly housed Pop ’N Sons diner. At first, Hales intended to revive the 24-hour diner, which closed due to COVID-19, after he moved to Tampa last year. Instead, the new restaurant, one of Hale’s already-established concepts, is described as “American, seasonal and chef-driven,” with signature dishes like Nashville hot chicken and popular items from other Grateful Hospitality concepts, which span cuisines from barbecue to Chinese food.
06. FIT BOWL CO. OPENING AT SPARKMAN WHARF
A hub for acai bowls and smoothies, Fit Bowl Co. has revealed it will join the dining garden at Sparkman Wharf. The restaurant first opened on Davis Islands in 2017 and is set to move into the space formerly occupied by Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters. Fit Bowl Co. offers three bases for its acai bowls, a choice of four fruits, a slew of toppings for customization and six original smoothies.