By Gary Nager
City Grill Opens!
You may have noticed that Winners Sports Grill, which has been located at 5429 Wesley Chapel Village Market on S.R. 54 just east of I-75, has closed. Although a lot of local residents already are loving the place, what you may not have realized is that former Winners owner Gerry Malynowsky already has completely revamped the restaurant into the elegant new City Grill, which is one of the first true sit-down, non-chair restaurants in Wesley Chapel, featuring what Gerry calls “chef-created fresh seafood, pasta and more.”
You can still get great wings and burgers at City Grill, but you can also get amazing appetizers like the unique Cuban Cigars pictured above, ahi tuna poki (tartare) and truly fresh blackened grouper.
Totalscape Solutions Starts ‘Hope Blooms’ October 1
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Totalscape Solutions, a full-service, comprehensive commercial and residential landscaping solutions company serving the greater Tampa Bay area for more than 10 years, will begin a unique fund raiser on October 1. That’s when Totalscape Solutions will begin planting 100-bloom floral displays in the shape of a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon — and you can get one for your yard! Best of all, more than 50 percent of the purchase price of your yard “ribbon” will be donated to breast cancer research. The purchase price also includes professional preparation of your soil bed, to ensure your ribbon’s flowers will stay vibrant through October and into the winter.
Totalscape Solutions prides itself in creating detailed landscape strategies and implementation plans to fit each client’s individual needs, from general maintenance to re-landscaping, irrigation repair, and lawn treatment with fertilizer and pesticides. The company’s goal is to impeccably keep every property on a consistent basis.
Secure your limited edition floral ribbon today & help Hope Bloom. For orders & more info, call Totalscape Solutions at 348-0960 or email Cheryl at Cherylf@totalscapesolutions.com.
And, Outside Of New Tampa & Wesley Chapel…
Jen & Travis Open & Close The Flaming Taco In Ybor?
I was so psyched that my dear friends Jennifer & Travis Davidson and their friends Mary Ann & Keith Cucuzza (photo above) had opened an amazing new taco stand in Ybor City called the Flaming Taco that I wrote them up as a Neighborhood Nibble item in our New Tampa issue, which hit mailboxes in 33647 two weeks before you received this issue.
But, the following for the Flaming Taco (which was located inside the Yo Boys yogurt shop, a little more than a block from the Columbia Restaurant), grew so big that the young entrepreneurs already knew the small space inside a not-really compatible business wouldn’t last long.
So, while the Flaming Taco might now be closed, The Flaming Taco Catering Company is already taking big orders for homemade, unique recipe tacos and other delicious Southwestern Tex-Mex favorites you don’t even know are your favorites yet. But, if you want delicious, fast fare featuring words like “all natural,” “grain fed,” “free range,” “no antibiotics” & “black angus USDA Choice beef,” the Flaming Taco has you covered.
Travis, who is from Arizona, says he got tired of not having the type of bold, spicy-but-flavorful Mexican food he grew up with since he moved to Florida. And, when the long-time IT geek was told by a friend of his that there was an availability on 7th Ave., he and Jen, a well-known local insurance sales person, decided it was worth a shot to see if Travis’ recipes — some of which he has been perfecting for years — would draw in the Ybor crowd.
As soon as standing outside on 7th Ave. on weekends between midnight-3 a.m. took off, Travis & Jen joined forces with Mary Ann and Keith, both of whom have been in business development and consulting, in order to expand to full lunch and dinner hours four days a week — and it took even less time for the owners to recognize that there was more that they could do.
Travis (still the group’s creative force in the kitchen) says, in addition to my already-favorite spicy El Cubano beef brisket taco and the six other items on the Flaming Taco’s menu (including the unique bacon guac-adilla), he also will do tortas (Mexican sandwiches), steak-on-a-stick and a few other unique items.
For info, call 389-2765 or visit TheFlamingTaco.com. — GN
Angry Chair Gets Wet Zoning
On August 1, Angry Chair Brewing, owned by Wesley Chapel residents Ryan Dowdle and Shane Mozur, as well as former Cigar City pilot brewer Ben Romano, was approved for a wet zoning license by the Tampa City Council for its future brewery and tasting room location in Tampa’s Historic Seminole Heights neighborhood.
Dowdle says that, if all goes according to plan, he hopes to be serving beers to the public at the new Angry Chair Tasting Room, which will be located at 6401 N. Florida Ave., by early 2014.