Hillsborough State Park Adds Glamping
Timberline Glamping Co., a North Georgia hospitality company, launched its first franchise location at Hillsborough River State Park in March. The company provides guests with one-of-a-kind luxury camping experiences in the heart of nature. Accommodations include large safari tents and bell tents equipped with beds, plush rugs, coffee makers, refrigeration, air conditioning, heating and more. Guests can pay for add-ons, like bike rentals, smores kits or use of pop-up dinner gazebos.
Yard House Restaurant Coming to Water Street Tampa
Strategic Property Partners, the minds behind Water Street Tampa, plan to bring the popular chain Yard House to the lot just across from Amalie Arena. The proposed site for the 16,400-square-foot restaurant and bar is on the northwest corner of Channelside Drive and Nebraska Avenue. Yard House is well-known for its large menu and wide range of craft beer selections, some locations having over 100 beers on tap.
Mayday Ice Cream Opens in Ybor City
Mayday Ice Cream opened its newest outpost in March in Ybor City. The St. Augustine-based frozen dessert maker also has branches in Jacksonville and Lakeland. The ice cream is handmade and the name is inspired by Americans who served in World War II. Fun, unique flavors include the perfect pear, made with fresh pears and a splash of riesling.
Collaborative Restaurant Opens in Seminole Heights
FLocale opened in March in Seminole Heights as a collaborative project from King of the Coop (Tampa’s first Nashville hot chicken restaurant), Westshore Pizza and Ybor City’s Rock Brothers Brewing. The restaurant, bar and nightlife venue features the same menu items found at King of the Coop and Westshore Pizza, as well as a bar with 20 beers and other beverages on tap. Live music runs on Fridays and Saturdays.
Midtown Tampa Announces Its Largest Office Tower
Development at Midtown Tampa hit $1 billion with the announcement of Midtown East, a 16-story, 400,000-square-foot office tower to begin construction in late 2022 and start leasing by the end of 2024. It will be one of Tampa’s tallest office towers in many years. As with its sister building, Midtown West, experts are anticipating that the tower will attract top-tier tenants long before the development is completed.
Hyde Park Village Plans First Hotel, Welcomes Warby Parker
Palihouse, a boutique hotel from Los Angeles-based hospitality company Palisociety, plans to open in 2023 as Hyde Park Village’s first hotel. Palisociety operates hotels in California, Oregon and Miami. In other news at Hyde Park Village, Warby Parker, a fashionable, quality prescription eyewear retailer, opened its third Tampa location in March. Local artist Reyna Noriega created a custom mural for the store.
Tampa Neighborhood Ranks Most Diverse
Pittsburgh-based company Niche has ranked Tampa Palms North as the most diverse neighborhood in Florida. Just north of Temple Terrace, the location ranked highly for ethnic and economic diversity. The city of Tampa proper ranked No. 3 on the list. Niche calculated rankings using statistics gathered from the census.