Buckfin Blue Cafe Closes in Gulfport, Mediterranean Chain Cava Heads to St. Pete, More Tampa Bay Food News | Openings and closings | Tampa

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Chicken Chick Salad It’s safe to say that Tampa Bay has become a hub for all kinds of chicken, and as the country’s only fast-food chicken salad chain, it makes perfect sense that Chicken Salad Chick will continue to grow in the region. This month, Tampa Chicken Salad Chick franchisees will open their fifth location in Wesley Chapel on July 20. The chain already owns eight locations across Tampa Bay, including Brandon, Lutz, and North and South Tampa. According to a press release, the first 100 customers at the site’s grand opening will get a free chicken salad for a year. The first guest, which opens at 8 a.m., will receive one large chicken salad per week for 52 weeks, and the next 99 guests will receive one large chicken salad per month for 12 months. Best known for its chicken salad, this chain offers more than a dozen flavors of the dish as well as salads, soups, sandwiches, and sides like cheese and pepper dips, and more. 25038 Wesley Chapel Blvd. Wesley Chapel. chickensaladchick.com

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CAVA When a fast, casual Mediterranean restaurant closes, another opens. St. Pete Rising notes that Cava—a place to build your own pot—will take over Zo’s Kitchen, a similar Mediterranean concept in St. Petersburg. The move comes after Cava acquired 261 Zoë kitchens across the country. The capital-based chain features a menu that allows its customers to create custom dishes, salads, and pita’s, each accompanied by a choice of dips/ spreads, proteins and toppings. With a variety of all things Mediterranean, Cava’s location in Saint Petersburg will allow diners to take their meal in many diet directions, be it vegetarian, keto, etc. So far, but you can keep up with Facebook and Instagram for the latest information. 1320 4th St. N, St. Petersburg. cava.com

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Backfin Blue Cafe Last week, Gulfport lost one of its longest running seafood restaurants — Backfin Blue Café, located next to Stella’s and Gulfport Brewery + Eatery — which had its last day of operation on July 4. Come close the doors of the beautiful Backfin Blue Café. Over the years, we’ve built a family with a lot of people, and we’re so grateful for doing so,” Carly Russell – daughter of owner Harold Russell – posts online. And although Backfin Blue Cafe is permanently closed, Russell says her father hasn’t finished the restaurant industry. So far, he’s keeping all his beloved recipes, and is considering the possibility of opening a food truck or a local catering company instead. 2913 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. backfinbluecafe.com

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Emo Night Tampa x La Sétima Club Emo Night Tampa is as passionate about local vegan food as it is sad alternative music – and the next installment will feature an exclusive pop-up from the highly anticipated Ybor wine bar. La Sétima Club, an all-natural wine bar set to open sometime this year, will be in vegan wings and chicken sandwiches at Emo Night on Saturday when the dance party takes over Seminole Heights American Legion Seminole Post 111 this weekend. The spicy lineup includes Sum of Our Failures, Kick Veronica, Rutterkin, and Head High—while the spicier assortment will feature La Sétima honey garlic wings, sauces ranging from mild, medium to spicy buffalo, and even the exclusive ‘Cry at Emo Night’. Hot sauce. While folks can’t sample any of La Sétima’s range of natural wines in a pop-up this weekend, American Legion has a full-service bar for all your boozy needs. 6918 N Florida Ave. , Tampa. lasetimaclub.com

Lucky Tigré x In Between Days to take over the kitchen Before Lucky Tigré opens its saree counter in South Tampa this fall, sample “Filipino” bites at In Between Days Restaurant in St. Petersburg this week. From July 6-15, Lucky Tigré will take over the kitchen of The Burg’s only Tokyo-style listening room, serving white pepper pork dumplings, bihon noodle salad, chicken adobo bao buns, bola bola dumplings, and hamachi kinilaw, a Filipino-style ceviche. These delicious little plates can be paired with the extensive drink menu at “In Between Days,” which owners boast as one of the most comprehensive dishes in Florida. The intimate listening room is open from 5pm to 10pm from Wednesday to Saturday. 2340 1st Ave. S, Saint Petersburg. inbetweendays.co

Bonsai and Brews Ybor’s NOLA-inspired Zydeco Brew Werks is hosting a Bonsai and Brews event on Tuesday, July 12. Whether you enjoy working on small Japanese trees or Zydeco craft beer – like the famous double “Nature Walk” IPA – this upcoming event is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience. No tools or experience required to attend this exciting workshop, as guests will leave with their own little tree. Basic knowledge of care and maintenance will also be provided, but keeping it alive, however, is entirely up to you. Tickets for this event cost $75 and can be found at Thunderstruckbonsai.com. Another install for this event will be on Tuesday, July 26th. 1902 E 7th Ave. , Tampa. zydecobeer.com

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