Monday, April 29, 2013
The pizza parlor's latest location is slated to open soon in the former Pappas Ranch location at 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater.
Mellow Mushroom is coming to Clearwater. The latest incarnation of the pizza parlor with the springwater dough is slated to come to the former Pappas Ranch location, 2630 Gulf to Bay Blvd, near Clearwater Mall. A sign on the door read that the Pappas Ranch closed because the building was sold. A Clearwater location is "coming soon," according to the Mellow Mushroom website. A Facebook page for the Clearwater restaurant also launched recently. Sign up for the free Clearwater Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The popular beach bar is opening its third location in the Countryside area in early May.
Jay Thomas is looking to fill a void. Thomas, an owner of the popular Brown Boxer beach bars, is taking the concept to Countryside with the latest location, expected to open in May. "This area does well," Thomas said. "We’re looking to fill a void, just like the beach." Brown Boxer already has locations at Clearwater and Madeira Beach. The Countryside location is in a former T.G.I Fridays near Enterprise Road and U.S. 19. It features outdoor seating and inside, TVs are plastered on virtually every inch of the walls around the large, rectangular bar. There will be live music most nights and the restaurant’s signature fare will be available until 3 a.m., Thomas said. "That’s what we do, have fun," he said. Brown Boxer, Countryside 2611 U.S. …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Conceptual plans to bring a Whole Foods Market to space at Countryside Mall in Clearwater are set for an initial, official review Wednesday.
There are more signs Whole Foods Market is coming to Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater. For example: The renderings planners filed in order to get direction from officials with the city's Building Plan Review Committee about bringing the nearly 38,000-square-foot store to space sliced out of the Sears at the mall. The committee is expected to review Wednesday the conceptual plans, which show different views of a modern facade and the Whole Foods logo. Sears would keep the south entrance near BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and the service and merchandise pick-up entrances on the north part of the building. New facades would be installed at the Sears entrances. The four loading bay docks would be split. Whole Foods customers would access…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Love crepes and homemade soup? Consider Salt N Pepper Bistro on Clearwater-Largo Road for lunch.
Soup and a sandwich or soup and a salad are popular lunchtime specials. At the Salt N Pepper Bistro patrons have the unique opportunity of ordering soup and a crepe. The Clearwater-Largo Road restaurant's lunch special is the 3-Cheeses Crepe with the soup of the day for $8.95. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The cheesy-square-shaped crepe filled the plate and came with a hearty crock of tomato bisque soup. The tomato and cheese combo brought back childhood memories of grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. Chef J.C. Lepretre has been making crepes and other French cuisine for more than 50 years. Lepretre loves the diversity of crepes. "It's a breakfast food. It can be a fancy dinner food. It's all…
Friday, January 25, 2013
A Save A Lot grocery store is open in the Cleveland Plaza near Cleveland Street and Missouri Avenue.
East Gateway residents have a grocery store. An area some consider a food desert because of a lack of grocery stores now has a few options for fresh food items. The Clearwater Save A Lot recently opened in the Cleveland Plaza. The grocery chain has more than 1,300 locations nationwide since opening in Cahokia, IL, more than 35 years ago, according to information from its website. The store is in the same plaza as Nature's Food Patch. While the natural and whole foods store has been in the space for more than 25 years, the store does not necessarily cater to the area's many financially strapped neighbors. Another option for food in the area can be found at the weekly East Gateway Farmers Market that meets nearby along Cleveland Street and…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Clearwater location is looking to fill full- and part-time positions before the restaurant's tentative opening March 4.
Sheri Zippo has opened many P.F. Chang's restaurants across the country. The operating partner of the Westfield Countryside Mall location has worked at the Tampa restaurant for more than four years. But she really feels a buzz about the latest restaurant, tentatively planned to open March 4. "It's coming along so nicely" Zippo said. "It really has a cool feel." In preparation for the opening, P.F. Chang's is hiring full- and part-time employees, including servers, cooks and bartenders, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Clarion Inn, 20967 U.S. 19 N. Positions include servers, bartenders, back waiters, take out servers, host and hostesses, and back of the house, culinary side, wok cooks, prep cooks, dish washers and pantry cooks…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Will you be sad to see this North Highland Avenue grocery store close? What do you think should take its place?
A Clearwater Sweetbay Supermarket, at 1861 N Highland Ave., is among 33 under performing stores in Florida scheduled to close in Feburary, the grocer's parent company announced Wednesday. The story sparked a lot of discussion among readers in several area Patch towns, who speculated about what should replace their store. Many have chimed in saying they'd like to see a Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's move in. Clearwater is slated to welcome a new Whole Foods at the Westfield Countryside Mall in a few years. Others have shared their opinions about why Sweetbay wasn't performing well. Could the proximity of a Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Highland Avenue have something to do with the closure? We want to hear from you: Do you shop at…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The new Gunslingers offers a variety of dining and entertainment options.
The spacious, new Gunslingers accommodates up to 1,200 people across its five business areas. The former Gunslingers on East Bay was only a bar but the new location offers a patio for happy hour and lunch, a full-service restaurant, catering and banquets, a nightclub and a planned concierge service called "Gunslinger Nation," according to a spokesman for Gunslingers. The old Tucson's building on Icot Boulevard was "heavily" renovated for a year with Gunslingers opening at its new location in November. The club side of the business plans to host a grand opening Jan. 26. The goal for the new Gunslingers is to become a destination where patrons can stay for the entire evening and have a variety of dining and entertainment options, according …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Kentucky-based gas station and convenience store opens its first Florida location on Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater Monday.
A Kentucky-based gas station and convenience store opens its first Florida location in Clearwater Monday. Thorntons plans to open nearly 20 other stores in the Tampa Bay area over the next three years. The 3,500 square foot store on Gulf to Bay Boulevard offers sandwiches, salads, baked good, coffee. “Thorntons strives to be customers favorite place to stop while on the go, known for fast pumps, clean restrooms, great customer service and top of the line beverages,” Erin Jones, a spokeswoman, said in an email. “The area is a growing market and great community to be a part of, when review areas to expand the Tampa Bay area was at the top of the list due to it's continued growth.” The store hired about 15 employees for this location, Jones …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A 7-Eleven and Advance Auto Parts stores are being built on the southeast corner of the intersection of Highland Avenue and Sunset Point Road.
Giants in the convenience and auto parts retail business are coming soon to a Clearwater intersection. A 7-Eleven convenience store is being built alongside an Advance Auto Parts at the corner of Highland Avenue and Sunset Point Road. The project is already underway.