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The Mill Restaurant Plans for Second Location in Brandon

The Mill, the beloved chef-driven Rustic Americana restaurant located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, is opening their second location in Brandon later this summer. And we couldn’t be more excited to see this local restaurant concept expand! The Mill is recognized as one of the best restaurants in Florida, having won the Best Restaurant in Florida Award (Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award, 2015) and Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay – Best Chef Award (2015). They are known for their high quality ingredients, unique seasonal menu, craft cocktails, brunch, signature dinners and made from scratch charcuterie plates....

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Meet Foundation Coffee Co. Owners, Jason and Emily Smith

Jason and Emily have been married for almost 9 years and have 3 children. Emily was born and raised in the Tampa Bay and Jason was born in Birmingham, AL and moved here when he was in high school. Jason and Emily enjoy being involved at Bell Shoals Baptist Church and running Outdoor Impressions Pavers for the last 15 years. LD: Briefly describe the background/history behind the establishment of the shop: (When did you open, why, your passion for specialty coffee etc.) Foundation Coffee Co.: Currently living in the Riverview area, we found ourselves always driving to Tampa looking for a...

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MARGARITA: the woman, the myth, the libation

CLASSIC COCKTAILS SUCH AS THE MANHATTAN, SAZERAC, OR NEGRONI DATE BACK TO THE 1800’S. The Margarita, however, can’t really be traced much earlier than the 1930s. See, Prohibition was a real kick in the teeth for Americans. Ban something that everyone loves and, lo and behold, you make folks desire it more! Just as Canadian whisky came across the border thanks to our neighbors of the north, tequila started trickling in from south of the border. Americans grew fond of the spirit very quickly, to the point where now, in 2017, we’re credited as the number one consumer of tequila...

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3 to Try: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Summer is here (or perhaps it never left) and it’s high time we offer must-visit parlors to cool you down. Spend countless sunny days eating the delicious and unique homemade ice cream offered by these three shops. 1. Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream, Ybor City—Not your typical ice cream parlor, this Ybor City spot offers ice cream rolls (also known as stir-fried ice cream in Thailand). This hand crafted dessert starts with an ice cream or frozen yogurt base and can be customized with flavors, sauces and toppings. Can’t decide? Choose from their selection of signature rolls. Either way, the...

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Building on theAVENUE: Q&A with Stephen Schrutt

RESTAURANT FOUNDER Stephen Schrutt is making his mark in downtown St. Pete. Entering the scene almost six years ago with theAVENUE eat + drink, he found his niche and has since built a successful restaurant group by adding KINGS Street Food Counter, PROPER Kitchen & Cocktails and the most recent Park & Rec DTSP. We are impressed by Stephen’s business success and creativity and wanted to dive deeper into where he came from and where he’s headed. Q. When did you know this is what you wanted to do? A. When I was younger I had ideas of running...

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