New Tampa BrewFest Moved Back To November!!

With the world having gone completely crazy over Covid-19, the Rotary Club of New Tampa Noon rightfully decided to postpone this year’s New Tampa BrewFest (which was seriously packed last year; photo, top right).

Recognizing that the original August date was too soon to host even a socially-distanced event, BrewFest chair Jeff Ulbrich said the Rotary Club decided to postpone the 2020 BrewFest until Saturday, November 7, beginning at 6 p.m., again at the Venetian Events Center on Cross Creek Blvd.

Attendees can again expect a huge variety (90 or more!) of craft, micro and other brews (from 30 top local breweries), including ciders and “hard” seltzers, plus top-notch wines and deliciously “legit” food trucks.

Look for additional updates in these pages and go ahead and pre-buy your tickets now at

Saying Goodbye To Pier 1

I have never been the biggest fan of Pier 1 Imports in either of its New Tampa locations — I felt it was always just a little too pricey for the quality of the merchandise — but I am never happy to see another major anchor store close, and the Pier 1 located at 18047 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy. in The Walk at Highwoods Preserve plaza on BBD was clearing out its inventory in preparation for the local store’s closing, as part of the Ft. Worth, TX-based chain’s shuttering of between 400-450 of its 1,000 or so locations nationwide.

But, this store appears to be in no hurry to close. The 20%-50%-off promise on every sign inside (photo, far right) still only brings Pier 1’s prices down to almost as low as the regular prices at Target or even At Home. I’m guessing that until the discounts hit 50%-70% off, there will still be plenty of inventory to keep it open.  

Coming To The Grove In WC!

Here are some of the new eateries and businesses that are either open now, are opening soon or are under construction in The Village at The Grove at Wesley Chapel:

• Double Branch Artisanal Ales (now open, but currently to-go only)

• F45 Training (open)

• Jillian Joseph Photography (open)

• Roman Group Realty

• Treble Makers Dueling Piano Bar

• Lagoon Realty 

• The Dessert Box

• Brooklyn Bagel Co. (frontage on S.R. 54)

• King of the Coop (fried chicken; located next to Brooklyn Bagel on 54)

• Falabella Family Bistro

• The Kilted Axe

• Pizza Worx NY pizza

• Pasco EDC Business Incubator

• Japanese Restaurant (unnamed; replaces Casa Cubana, which will open a different eatery in the under-construction Krate container park at The Grove).

For The Grove leasing info, email; for event info, email! — GN  

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