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King State Unveils Alcohol Program, Mochinut Opens at Temple Terrace and More Food News in Tampa Bay | Openings & Closings | Tampa

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Openings

Mochinut The unique dessert franchise with a cult following has taken the country by storm, and Temple Terrace is the latest town to succumb to the mochinut trend. Tampa Bay’s first Mochinut celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, June 18. New customers will also be able to attend its soft-open period which runs from June 13 to June 16 from noon to 6 p.m. (or while supplies last) – but the Mochinut team will exclusively sell its mochi donuts and Korean corn dogs, excluding any beverage items. Mochi donut flavors will rotate every three days, in addition to weekend specials. Popular flavors of its chewy and stretchy donuts include mango, matcha, black sesame and Nutella. After next Saturday’s grand opening, Tampa’s Mochinut will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. 1401 N 56th St., Temple Terrace. @mochinut.tampa on Facebook

Moxie’s Cafe The new Moxies in downtown Tampa is just a short walk from the old one. Moxies Cafe is now open in its new location a few blocks from its old space at 514 N Tampa St. The cafe’s Facebook announced its first day of opening in the new space last week, months after the announcement that his 17-year-old home near the Dohring Building, just two blocks away, was due for demolition, and two weeks after the old location was completely closed. Although Moxies has moved down the street, the menu features the same made-to-order sandwiches, salads, omelets, perfect for breakfast, and wraps. According to a worker at the popular cafe, the only options they no longer offer are vegetarian and gyro sandwiches and bowls. 302 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. moxiesdowntown.com

Bonus Tavern The Bonu Taverna team has been relentlessly renovating its Central Avenue space throughout the first half of this year, and the restaurant finally celebrated a much-anticipated grand opening in downtown St. Petersburg last week. Describing itself as an “avant-garde” concept from southern Italy, Bonu Taverna’s menu includes options to share, vegan and gluten-free, pasta and “piatti grandi”, that is to say large plates. Appetizers include lasagna, littleneck clams over linguine and chicken Milanese as well as small plates like marinated olives, watermelon, goat cheese and pistachio pesto salad, grilled octopus, smoked salmon and calamari. Hours of operation at the coveted downtown 600 block location are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. 601 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. bonutaverna.com

Coming

Chance The empty restaurant space on the ground floor of St. Petersburg’s Station House that Ichicoro Ane most recently occupied is set to finally be filled with upcoming Asian fusion concept Good Fortune, which has become the ire of many. community members accusing the concept of stealing the name of an already established AAPI company. Slated to debut this summer, this brick-and-mortar is the latest restaurant in the Hunger Thirst restaurant group, which owns and operates popular St. Pete concepts Dirty Laundry, The Avenue, Park & ​​Rec and No Vacancy. The upcoming 6,000-square-foot concept will feature an intimate 12-seat sushi bar, indoor seating, and an outdoor patio, as reported in a press release. Good Fortune’s layout will be an open concept that will revolve around the restaurant’s focal point, its 14-seat cocktail bar which will offer Japanese whiskey and sake alongside local beers and bubbles. 260 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg. hungergroup.com

ICYMI

King State “UPS-N-DOWNS” King State, known primarily for its coffee, will soon serve both upper and lower dishes. Yesterday, the Tampa Heights cafe announced it would begin serving a full liquor menu under the Ups-N-Downs banner. The business is still waiting to receive its occupancy certificate from the city before it can move into liquor service. Once in service, King State will close at 3 p.m. with Ups-N-Downs from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday. The cocktails, which have yet to be detailed, will only be served during Ups-N-Downs hours of operation, except Saturdays and Sundays, when King State will begin serving brunch cocktails like Bloody Marys at 9 a.m. 520 E Floribraska Avenue, Tampa. king-state.com

Golden Dinosaurs partners with Metro Inclusive Health Gulfport’s favorite vegan spot will be “saying gay” all month and donating proceeds from every Chic-Fil-Nay sandwich it sells throughout June to Metro Inclusive Health. The veganized version of the sandwich from the popularly homophobic chicken franchise comes with homemade seitan, pickles and Dino sauce on a soft brioche bun. Celebrate Pride Month with a cruelty-free sammy (in all aspects). goldendinosaurs.com

Events

Oktoberfest 2022 Live music and beer, sounds like a typical Tampa weekend, doesn’t it? Now add lederhosen, dirndls, alphorns and even more beer. From Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will once again transform into the city’s largest beer garden for the 12th annual Oktoberfest Tampa. For those 21 and older, tickets range from a $10 one-day pass to a $25 three-day general admission pass. VIP options are also still available. Festival-goers are also invited to take part in a number of free activities that will take place during the event, such as the Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest challenge, mug-lifting, keg-stacking and one of the beard contests. and mustache in the region. . 600 N Ashley Dr. Tampa. www.oktoberfesttampa.com

Urban Brew & BBQ Birthday Gift Urban Brew and BBQ in St. Pete’s and Central District celebrates its birthday this weekend, but is giving away freebies instead of the other way around. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, the restaurant will offer 400 plates of its Southern comfort food, as guests can choose between a pulled pork or chicken platter with sides like coleslaw, mashed potatoes ground, cornbread and of course, his signature barbecue sauce. The free plates are for on-site dining only, so plan to hang out at the restaurant located at 2601 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, next to recently opened Bandit Coffee Co. and Twisted Indian. 2601 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. urbanbrewandbbq.com