Check Out The Sake House! 

The Japanese restaurant and sushi bar formerly known as Fong’s Sushi and Sushi Raw, in the Shoppes at Amberly plaza in Tampa Palms (next to Crunch Fitness) is under new ownership and my first visit to the new Sake House will have be going back for seconds. 

I didn’t get to speak to the new owner but I did enjoy some tasty fried pork shumai dumplings (photo above), a unique chicken fried rice and some super-fresh snapper sashimi. Hopefully, I’ll be telling you more about the Sake House in a future issue. In order to help make that happen, please call or stop in and tell them you heard about the Sake House from Gary at Neighborhood News!

The Sake House is located at 15311 Amberly Dr., Tampa. For hours and more information, call (813) 977-3838 or visit

La Berry Is Now Ice Spice Café! 

In our last coupe of issues, we’ve told you about several new Indian restaurants that have or are going to open in New Tampa.

Well, add one more to the list, as the former La Berry Frozen Yogurt Café, located in the same Trout Creek Commons plaza as Burger 21 at 20304 Trout Creek Dr., off Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., is now the Ice Spice Café. It is still a frozen yogurt shop that also carries Indian ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, plus wraps, salads and Indian chaat, which is a savory snack I’ve never sampled or even heard of before.

What I can say with certainty is that Ice Spice Café has creamy frozen yogurt, with flavors like salted caramel (30 calories per ounce) and white chocolate (34) that are low-fat (1g per ounce), low-carb (5-6g sugar per ounce) and delicious!

Fore more info, call (813) 591-1758 or search “Ice Spice Café” on Facebook.

Coming Soon: Bubba’s 33! 

Congrats also go out to Jeff and Crista Dean, the owners of Bubba’s 33, which is now going vertical between Ashley Furniture and Texas Roadhouse on S.R. 56, west of I-75, in Wesley Chapel. This will be the first location in Florida for Texas Roadhouse’s sports bar concept, which held a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce-hosted groundbreaking (photo above) on Sept. 9. 

For additional information, visit

 Congrats, Dr. Dave! 

Congratulations to well-known local optometrist Dr. David Scamard and his office manager Eileen Popescu of Excellence in Eyecare on their August 14 ribbon cutting hosted by the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

You can visit Dr. Dave’s two-year-old independent optometry office inside the Costco on S.R. 56 — even if you’re not a member of the wholesale club — and he provides a full-range of eye care services, including comprehensive exams, visual field analyses, retinal imaging and more, with walk-ins welcome. 

Dr. Scamard opened his first optometry office in our area more than 17 years ago and I can personally attest to the fact that he’s a great optometrist and a really good guy.

If you need more details, or it’s been a while since you had your eyes checked, call (813) 279-7038, visit or see the ad on pg. 12 of this issue.

— GN

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