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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Yeah, Clearwater Beach is the Best Beach Town in Florida, according to a USA Today Poll, but where is the best place to eat? Rate and review your favorite Clearwater Beach restaurant in our directory.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Sea Dog Brewing Co. of Maine plans to open its first Florida brew pub in Clearwater.
Clearwater craft beer fans rejoice. Florida's first Sea Dog Brewing Co. pub is coming to the former Pssghetti's building along U.S. 19 near Countryside Mall in November. The Sunshine State is one of the Maine-based beer maker's strongest markets, which led it to open the Sea Dog Brew Pub here. An Orlando location will open soon after. “People know the Sea Dog brand in New England and they seek it out in Florida,” Paul Carbone, Florida sales and marketing manager of Sea Dog Brewing Co., said in a news release. “There is a craving for quality craft beer in this region and it’s an area where we feel we can grow.” Sea Dog’s beer, especially the Blueberry Wheat Ale, has grown in popularity in Florida over the last 10 years, according to the …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Like crepes? Head to the new Salt N Pepper Bistro.
Crepes are so diverse. "It's a breakfast food. It can be a fancy dinner food. It's all about the ingredients. They can be just butter and sugar, if you have a sweet tooth," said J.C. Lepretre, owner of the new Salt N Pepper Bistro on Clearwater-Largo Road. The diversity of fillings is fun, said Lepetre as he stirred a pot of leeks. A native of France and a chef his whole adult life, Lepretre has been around the crepe business for more than 50 years. The Palm Harbor resident has previously owned French restaurants in Clearwater and in his native France, he said. The art of making a crepe is all in the wrist. And in September, Lepretre brought his culinary skills with crepes and a variety of French cuisine to the new bistro. Sweet or savory…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Carmine J. Chioccariello, 40, former owner of The Venue restaurant on Ulmerton Road, faces a felony charge for allegedly keeping $126,000 in sales taxes paid by customers.
A former Clearwater restaurant owner is accused of pocketing $126,000 in sales taxes paid by customers, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carmine J. Chioccariello, 40, former owner of The Venue restaurant on Ulmerton Road, faces a felony charge relating to theft of state funds. Chioccariello was released on $15,000 bond Wednesday. The Venue closed earlier this year after losing its restaurant permit, state records show. It reopened in May as The V Tampa Bay under new owner John Bernier, the Times reports. Related Coverage: The Venue Looks to Reopen as 'The V' and Fill 75 Jobs
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The new bar & grill is doing well so far, thanks to a cleaner image and good food.
Move over O’Boobigan’s, and make way for Irish Pat’s Bar & Grill. The new pub opened in the former home of O’Boobigan’s about a month ago, and so far business has been good, according to managing partner Rui Sousa. “I haven’t had one person say the food isn’t terrific,” he said. After doing some cosmetic cleaning up of the place, including patching holes, painting the interior and fixing the floor, Sousa says the restaurant is now “a clean, safe place to come and eat with the kids.” Sousa, who is also a partner in a pair of popular St. Pete establishments, didn’t mess with the O’Boobigan’s formula; he just tweaked it and upgraded it a bit. There is live music on the outdoor patio twice a month, happy hour daily from 4-7 p.m., free pool…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The new Mediterranean restaurant and lounge recently opened on U.S. 19.
Tapas is one of the hottest forms of dining around right now, and thanks to a new venture from a group of experienced restaurateurs, area diners have a new choice to add to their options list. Basque, an upscale Mediterranean tapas restaurant and lounge, recently opened its impressive doors on U.S. 19 in Clearwater in the former home of the Wild Fish Nite Club. And according to partner and executive chef Keith Williamson, they plan on being one of the most desirable dining destinations on this side of Tampa Bay. “We are a complete Mediterranean tapas restaurant,” Williamson said. “All of our meals are influenced by European dishes — French, Greek, Italian, Spanish. “We are a scratch kitchen — everything is made from scratch. And all the …
Friday, June 1, 2012
With the latest location of the wing joint set to open on Monday, here is a look at how the site went from a hole in the ground to a Hooters haven.
Hooters, the iconic restaurant founded in Clearwater nearly 30 years ago, finally made its way to the beach. The world-renowned wing joint opens its Mandalay Avenue location Monday, following nearly a year of work that included the demolition of the exisiting building and the construction of a modern three-story structure that includes a rooftop bar. But in the meantime, we thought we'd walk you through the construction phases with a photographic timeline of the work from its early stages to its recent completion. Are you excited about the Hooters opening on the beach? Let us know in the comments below.
Friday, May 18, 2012
A number of new establishments are popping up in the area, many with strong local ties.
If you haven’t visited Clearwater Beach recently, you might be surprised at all the new bars and restaurants that have sprung up on the island, especially on north Mandalay Avenue. In just the past year, at least five eating and drinking establishments have a foothold on Clearwater’s most popular slice of real estate. And with more eateries under development, the business boom on the beach appears to be just beginning. What’s New to Eat? The first new place hits you right in the face at the end of the causeway: a two-story Hooters that towers over the northeast corner of Mandalay. Construction on the mammoth chicken wing mecca began in late 2011 and, according to Hooters chief marketing officer Denise Williams, is tentatively scheduled to …