This Video Will Change the Way You See Tampa

Ben Bradley and Right Hand Films used a quadcopter to capture a unique view of Downtown Tampa. The aerial footage will completely change the way you see our city.

Footage includes shots of the Rivergate Tower (aka the Beer Can Building), Curtis Hixon Park, and Museum of Art at one of the best times to be in downtown. As the sun sets, you can see beautiful reflections on skyscrapers and the Hillsborough River.

You can check out other cool films by Ben Bradley and Right Hand Films on their website.

Another Platt Street Casualty: The Deck Is Closed

Can anything stay open on Platt Street in South Tampa?

Between Urban Cantina, Monsta Lobsta, The Rack, and Stacked Burgers (not to mention the old SoHo Pizza), Platt Street between Armenia and the Crosstown is starting to look like a ghost town.

And it just got a little worse.

This is now what it looks like inside the late-night pizza favorite — The Deck.

The sign is gone, the phones disconnected, the pizza ovens removed.

Another staple of the SoHo area is gone. And much like when The Rack closed, it was very sudden and no one seems to know why.

The Deck’s website is still live but there appears to be no signs of its impending return.

Do you have news or information about the closing of The Deck? Share your thoughts on The Deck closing or favorite memories from SoHo’s best dollar slice night in the comments below.

5 Twitter Accounts That Get Tampa News Before the News

Twitter is my favorite social media account because it often breaks news before most traditional channels can create and post stories. While you probably follow celebrities and athletes – because their tweets are so outrageous they usually are the news – you can also follow local accounts for the same reason. Our local police and government do a great job at keeping us safe, and keeping us in the know of everything happening in the city. Follow these five accounts to stay on top of the news anyone else can break it.

Tampa Fire Rescue (@FireRescueTampa)

Few accounts better cover breaking fire news in the area than Tampa Fire Rescue. They post when they arrive on the scene, update followers as they contain the flames, and post articles recapping the event when they know the cause.

If there’s a fire in Tampa, or TFR get a call in the middle of the night, the Twitter will be updating. This account regularly breaks news before most channels can write a story or tweet about it themselves. They also retweet reporters and fans who tag them about events. This means they can report updates on what’s going on even if they’re not there.

Tampa Police Department (@TampaPD)

The Tampa PD does a great job of connecting with the community in person and on Twitter. Police Chief Jane Castor is well-known around town and was lauded after the Republican National Convention for leading the TPD and 3,500 officers brought in from around the state for extra security. On Twitter, she is a common sight, posing at the IIFA Awards and working with students.

This account is more than a photo booth for the TPD. They regularly post updates about accidents and crimes in the area, and often ask followers for help identifying suspects. On New Year’s Eve, they posted phone numbers of cab companies and DD services and encouraged people to save them instead of driving drunk. This account is a great resource for Tampa locals looking to stay abreast of crime in the area – and looking to stay out of it.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (@HCSOSheriff)

The counterpart to the city’s police department is the HCSO, which posts throughout the day about traffic accidents, community opportunities like distracted driving classes, and tips to stay safe when on the road.

HCSO has a smaller following and fewer tweets than TPD, but it’s just as important and growing fast. During an emergency, these groups can turn to Twitter to communicate immediately and answer questions instead of waiting for traditional media. Social media has become so influential and useful for police departments that many criminology bachelor’s degrees have started incorporating media training into the curriculum.

Follow HCSO today, because you’ll appreciate their updates if there’s ever a city-wide emergency.

Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch)

Those of you who grew up in the north remember turning on the TV or radio and listening to them list off counties and schools that were cancelled for snow days. Floridians remember the same tradition, except with Hurricane Days. Today, parents and students can check the Hillsborough Schools account to see if classes are called off or on track.

A few weeks ago, Pasco County had issues with computer-based FCAT exams and had to postpone the testing for a few hours. Hillsborough assured parents that everything was running smoothly for its students and proceeded to thank teachers and administrators for their help. Anyone with a child in the HCPS school system will want to closely track this account.

Hillsborough County Government (@HillsboroughFL)

The last account to follow the news before the news is the Hillsborough government itself. On top of posting updates from the HCPS system and events happening downtown, this account posts updates from different branches of government that might not be the lead story on Bay News 9. For example, it posts information on controlled burns from the Parks and Recreation department. Residents smelling smoke during the day would want to know that they’re safe, and this account lets them know what’s happening.

Turn to the government account to learn about road closures and parking options for major events like the recent IIFA and Gasparilla. Overall, it’s a helpful resource for all things happening in the county each day.

When you follow these accounts, you’ll be on top of everything that’s happening in Tampa, and probably become a news source for your friends. Thanks to everyone in who works to keep us safe and help our kids in school, and thanks to the anonymous names running these useful accounts.

About the Author

Amanda Dodge is half of the marketing team at Hat Trick Theatre, a local non-profit theatre group about to enter its 10th season. She is the anonymous name behind @HatTrickTheatre, and follows all of these accounts to stay abreast of possible traffic and events downtown. 

Dinner at The Vinoy Renasissance

When considering dining options in downtown St. Pete, one of the spots that rarely crossed my mind was the Vinoy Renasissance. The posh, historic hotel, resort, and golf club was a place that always felt too much like a weekend destination to be a considered a casual dinning spot.

But I was wrong.

The Renaissance Marriott property may be a well-known gleaming gem along downtown’s waterfront, but it’s elite appearance doesn’t make it exclusive. It’s open and inviting for members, guests, and walk-ins alike.

Four of its restaurants are open to the public. The more upscale options are still casual enough to be inviting. Both Alfrescos and Merchand’s Bar and Grill serve American-style cuisine in upscale yet warm and unique atmospheres. (More about Marchand’s later.)

The Veranda Cafe coffee house and the Lobby Bar Veranda and Patio are great options for the spontaneous stop off at the Vinoy. While the inside of the hotel is amazing (the beautiful modern renovations that highlight the historic integrity of the interior are definitely worth experiencing), you don’t have to make it through the doors to enjoy what the hotel has to offer. Dining and drinking on the veranda is a great way to get a taste of the Vinoy while indulging in a little bay breeze.

But if you want to experience the full flavor of The Vinoy Renaissance, you have to make a visit to Marchand’s Bar and Grill.

Marchand’s Bar and Grill

I was lucky enough to experience the restaurant for myself during a tasting of their new Farm to Table menu.

Farm to table is a big element of the cuisine at Marcharnd’s. Their chefs and culinary teams work closely with dozens of farms in the area to bring the freshest meats, fish, and produce possible to the table.

Menus constantly rotate to accommodate the seasons of the area’s local food market, but one thing will remain the same — quality food done right. Here is a look at the menu items I was lucky enough to experience.

1st Course – Florida Avocado

Crisp Prosciutto, Pickled Radish, Duck Egg, Rocket Greens, Buttermilk Dressing

Chardonnay – Hahn SLH Estate, California

2nd Course – Spiny Lobster Cake (Carlo Eats’ Favorite Course)

Celery Seed, Chipolte-Lemon Grass Remoulade

Sauvignon Blanc – Starmont, California

3rd Course – Braised Veal Cheeks (Dive In’s Favorite Course!!)

Cabernet Linguini, Escarole, Bronzed Sweet Onion, Pecorino

Malbec – Trivento Amado Sur, Mendoza Argentina

4th Course – Lake Meadow’s Game Hen

Orange-Honey Crust, Charred Cabbage, Saison Beignet

Jai Alai IPA – Cigar City Brewing, Tampa

5th Course – Fried Flounder

Corn Spoon Break Andouille Stuffed Peppers, Jalapeno Butter

Key West Sunset Ale – Florida Brewing, Melbourne

Dessert

Plant City Strawberry Cannoli & Banana Cream Pie

Prosecco – Mionetto, Italy

1925 Fall Classic Dining

Don’t worry if you can’t open your wallet wide enough to splurge on these fancy food items (entrees range from $22-38) — although it would be totally worth it. To honor the year that it opened, Marchand’s offers an extremely affordable three course menu for $19.25 Sunday through Thursday (5:00 PM – 6:30 PM). So you can taste the experience of a Vinoy meal (starter, entree and dessert) at a price you can manage.

Along with fine dining menu items, Marchand’s also offers plates for all meals of the day. With separate menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, sushi, and dessert, it’s a great place for the day’s first or final bite.

So don’t overlook the Vinoy as simply a beautiful backdrop to St. Pete’s waterfront. Stop by to taste, savor, and explore St. Pete’s most visible hidden gem.

Vinoy Renaissance Details

Located at 501 5th Avenue NE  St. Petersburg  Florida  33701  USA. For more information find the Vinoy on Marriott.com.

The Best of Clearwater Beach Uncorked

Rain couldn’t stop the 3rd annual Clearwater Beach Uncorked.

Fans of fine foods and spirits came out in droves to mingle under two tents filled with world-class food, wine, and mircobrews. For two days (February 8th and 9th), the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa hosted hundreds of foodies looking for sand, sun, and something to eat. (Those who attended Sunday got an extra serving of sun).

The event, which benefited the University of South Florida School of Hospitality and Technology, didn’t disappoint. Attendees mingled with acclaimed chefs, winemakers, spiritproducers, brew masters, and culinary experts while enjoying food and drink from awesome establishments and vineyards.

Restaurants:

  • SHOR American Seafood Grill
  • Caretta on the Gulf
  • Oystercatchers
  • Crabby Bills
  • Jimmy Crow’s Nest
  • Salt Rock City
  • Rumba Island Bar & Grill
  • Marlin Darlin Key West Grill
  • Island Way Grill

Wineries:

  • Rosatello
  • Rex-Goliath
  • Milestone
  • Classical Wines
  • Dreaming Tree
  • Island Grove Wine Company
  • Red Diamond
  • Chateau St. Michelle
  • 14 Hands
  • Columbia Crest
  • Manifesto
  • Le Mistral
  • Aviary
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery
  • E&J Gallo
  • Hahn
  • Jamieson Ranch
  • Light Horse

Of the dozens of fine foods and drinks at Clearwater Beach Uncorked, I definitely had my favorites.

Favorite Wine: Island Grove Wine Company 

Because I’m a big fan of sweet wine, Moscato is always a favorite. So I was happy to stumble across a specialty Moscato flavor from Island Grove Wine Company. The winery, located in North Central Florida in Alachua County offers a variety of fruit flavored wines, but my favorite had to be the Blueberry Moscato. Muscat grapes blended with ripe, fresh blueberries brought me my favorite glass of the event.

Favorite Food: Caretta on the Gulf

My favorite restaurant from the event also had my favorite booth presentation of the day. The team from Caretta on the Gulf was not only whipping up one of the best bites of the day, they were also throwing high flames from the burner while perfectly preparing their bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp. It was fun to watch and even better to eat. A big win for the Sandpearl Resort restaurant.

Favorite Spirit: Midnight Moon Moonshine

The Spirit Beach Club was packed full of awesome spirits, but my favorite libation had to be the tastes of Midnight Moon moonshine. Made popular by shows like the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners, moonshine is making a modern day comeback. Mightnight Moon is getting it right by riding the wave with classic moonshine styles and a variety of flavors that include an original and apple pie flavor, as well as cherry, strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, and blackberry.

If you didn’t make it to the event, you can browse the photos of those who did by searching the following social profiles and hashtags:

And make sure to follow along these social profiles so you don’t miss out on this awesome culinary event when it comes back to Clearwater next year.

CBU Cheers!

7 Things That Can Ruin Your Trip To Tampa Bay

It’s estimated that almost 15 million people visited Tampa Bay in 2012, with about $3.75 billion being pumped into the local economy as a result. The statistics shouldn’t be surprising, though, since the city offers some of the best entertainment that the Sunshine State has to offer.

While slipping on a pair of flip-flops, throwing on some shades, and visiting the numerous attractions scattered throughout Tampa will lead you to a good time, there are some things that can ruin your trip. Here are seven of them.

Getting Stuck in a Hurricane

No matter whether you’d like to ride the roller coasters at Busch Gardens or lie on nearby Clearwater Beach, the weather in Tampa Bay can either make or break your day. Although Tampa hasn’t had a major hurricane pass directly through it since 1921, there have been close calls as recent as Hurricane Charley in 2004. To make matters worse, Tampa is the number one most vulnerable/overdue hurricane city in America.

While the odds of a major hurricane passing through the Bay area aren’t exactly high, you can expect to get thrashed by a daily afternoon storm throughout the humid summers. The good news: The torrential rains and frequent lightning usually only last for an hour or two before diminishing into the evening hours. Although the weather can easily ruin your time at the theme parks or beaches, at least you’ll have a dry night to try to save your vacation.

Getting Your Identity Stolen

Most people think their phone is as important as the luggage they brought with them, so getting their precious device stolen or losing it can be as devastating as returning home from vacation to an empty house (well, not really, but you get the point). Losing your phone or getting it stolen also leaves you vulnerable to identity theft, which is a serious issue that can ruin your trip and make your life generally miserable. The same is true using unsecured public wifi — according to this travelers’ attitudes on wifi infographic, 8 out of 10 travelers use public wi-fi during their trip. Considering 89% of public wi-fi hotspots globally are unsecure and open to hackers and identity thieves, having your identity stolen is more likely than you expect.

Getting Hit By an Old Driver

In case you haven’t heard it before, old people love to move to Florida when they retire. In fact, Florida’s population consists of about 17.3 percent of people who are 65 or older — the highest rate of senior citizens in the nation. Unfortunately, many grandmas and grandpas who have the reaction time of a sloth are given licenses to drive on Florida’s congested roads (Tampa included). If you notice a head of gray hair with thick glasses behind the wheel, steer clear.

Getting Arrested By Tampa Bay’s Finest

Have you ever heard of the catch phrase, “Come on vacation, leave on probation?” Well, legend has it that Floridians coined it during the 1980s, when spring breakers would come to party on the beaches and fly back to college on papers. It’s no surprise, considering the amount of entertainment attractions the state offers visitors. Tampa is no different, since there are plenty of opportunities to find trouble either in the clubs in Ybor City or the beaches on the Gulf Coast.

Getting Drunk and Losing Your Wallet or Purse

Speaking of finding trouble, you’ll likely stumble into it if you overindulge on that vacation favorite: alcohol. There’s no denying that cold beers on the beach or tropical mixed drinks when you’re out enjoying Tampa’s nightlife are a tempting way to spend your vacation in Cigar City. That is, until you wake up with a headache and don’t have the money to buy Tylenol. As much fun as it is to go crazy on vacation in Florida, pace yourself so you remember all of it.

Getting Sunburned So Badly You Can’t Move

Unless your idea of an ideal vacation involves lying stiff in agonizing pain while looking like a lobster, you’ll want to use plenty of sunscreen when you’re out enjoying the sights that Tampa has to offer. Whether it’s the beaches or the theme parks, Florida’s hot summer sun will ensure your vacation goes up in smoke in a matter of hours if you don’t protect yourself. Remember to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and follow these other sun protection tips.

Getting More Than You Paid For at the Strip Club

If you thought the sun was the only thing that could burn you — yes, talking to the guys here — then you should probably avoid strip clubs altogether. While most people who vacation to Tampa won’t visit a strip club (you can move on to the next subheading now), there are a few fellas who want to find out what the hype is all about when people claim that the city is the strip club capital of the country. It’s all fun and games until you lose your dip stick and leak oil, boys.

While Tampa Bay is a fun and vibrant city, you must remember to practice common sense and keep your eyes and ears open — even on vacation. As long as you do that, you shouldn’t have a problem enjoying all that it has to offer.

Author Bio:

John Rakowski is a Tampa Bay resident. His loves include dancing to house music and sitting in the front row on SheiKra.

15 Movies to Watch Over the Holiday Break

The holidays are finally here.

For most people that means time to eat, shop, and be merry. And for a few of us, it means packing our bags and heading home for the holidays. Many Floridians travel back to their much colder home states during the holiday season. And since most of us have lost our ability to withstand the cold, we might be spending a few extra nights cooped up and curled up by the fire watching movies.

So before you head home for the holidays, make sure that whichever family member agrees to house you has their bundle tv plan set up or at least a Netflix account you can use. These movies will help you make the most out of your frozen movie marathons.

Home Alone

This movie is awesome because it can be enjoyed by all ages. Who doesn’t love to watch evil, awkward home burglars get hit in the face by a full paint can?

Forrest Gump

If you are lucky, you are going to have one or two days this holiday vacation where you have absolutely nothing to do. So spend the day with a movie that lasts a lifetime.

Ernest Saves Christmas

Ernest probably brings you back to childhood the same way that 90′s nostalgia like Goosebumps books and Legends of the Hidden Temple can, but you probably haven’t watched it in years. Watch it again… then never again.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

You have to love National Lampoon’s movies because they are edgy enough that the older crowd will get a laugh, but not so raunchy that the younger crowd will notice the totally inappropriate jokes.

Elf

I once watched Elf with my friend’s 90-year-old grandmother who didn’t speak English, and she laughed the entire time. This movie is so good it translates to funny in any language.

Sixteen Candles

Gather your mom, aunts, and sisters around and spend a girl’s day with Sixteen Candles or any other movie staring a teen-aged Molly Ringwald.

A Christmas Story

Do you really think there can be a top holiday’s movie list without this classic? You probably have watched this movie a million times in bit and pieces, but have you ever sat to watch it start to finish? Try it this year.

The Shinning

Gather your grown family members around and get creeped our together. There is a definite added creepiness to watching this movie when the snow is pouring down outside.

Bad Santa

A Christmas movie so good that it is aired on television channels year round.

Four Christmases

If you are splitting your holiday season with separate sections of your broken family, you will find the humor in these all too familiar situations.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Watching Jim Carry stumble around in his oversized mean, green suit is something that will make you laugh, cry, then laugh till you cry.

It’s a Wonderful Life

I’ve never seen this movie, so I’m adding it to the list because if you are like me, we really need to see this classic. Add it to this year’s list.

The Dark Knight Trilogy

One Batman movie can take hours. So over holiday break may be your only opportunity to have enough time to watch the entire series back to back.

Scrooged

Everyone could use a little Bill Murray in their holiday season. You might as well make it Christmas themed.

Wizard of Oz

Whether you think it’s creepy or one of the best movies of all time, the Wizard of Oz is always an awesome movie to bond over mutual mocking or love with the right members of your family.

What is your favorite movie to sit around and watch during the holidays?

Fleming’s Steak Experience Takes It Up a Notch

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar launched a new menu this October, and it features a unique way to personalize steak preferences and allow diners to customize their dining experience.

You start the process by selecting a cut of meat. The Prime New York Strip and the Prime Dry Aged Ribeye are the only two steaks available in all preparation methods so start there for a blank canvas for your steak creation.

Select a Steak Aging Method

Then make a decision on the aging process for your cut of meat.

As meat ages, natural enzymes breakdown hard connective tissue in the meat. This leads to a more tender and flavorful cut of steak. Most people are familiar with dry aged steaks. During dry aging, water evaporates from the steak leaving behind a higher level of flavor, along with a more tender cut of meat.

But now Flemings is offering a choice between dry aged and wet aged. In wet aging, natural juices are sealed in to produce a more tender and juicy final product.

  • Dry Aged – Cuts are aged a minimum of 21 days allowing a richer, bolder flavor with a distinctive nutty note (available for the Prime New York Strip and the Prime Dry Aged Ribeye).
  • Wet Aged - Cuts are aged a minimum of 21 days providing a juicy, flavorful, and savory bite (available for the main, bone-in, petit and Newport filet mignons, prime bone-in Ribeye, and Prime New York Strip).

Choose a Steak Cooking Style

After selecting the pre-prep of the steak, guests can select how they would like their steak prepared in the kitchen. Fleming’s now offers two choices for this as well.

  • Classically Prepared – Fleming’s classic preparation in which steaks are expertly seasoned with kosher salt and black pepper then broiled at 1,600 degrees.
  • Iron Crusted – A new preparation method where steaks are iron crusted and finished with butter and fresh parsley.

Pick a Steak Companion

Then it’s all about the finishings. Fleming’s offers four different companions for your steak.

  • Truffled Poached Lobster with béarnaise sauce and caviar
  • Diablo Shrimp baked with a spiced barbeque butter sauce
  • King Crab with Herb Butter simmered with fresh herbs and garlic and topped with caviar
  • Flavor Trio three steak spreads: gorgonzola and mascarpone brûlée, sweet onion bacon jam, and cabernet mustard

How to Create the Perfect Steak

After trying a few different variations of steaks and preparations, my suggestion for the perfect steak from Fleming’s:

  1. New York Strip
  2. Dry Aged
  3. Classically Prepared
  4. With Flavor Trio (because the gorgonzola and mascarpone brûlée is amazing)

About Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Nationally acclaimed Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders — with a unique wine list known as the Fleming’s 100®, which features more than 100 wines served by the glass.

Best Apartment Living In South Tampa

Tampa has great neighborhoods that feature mostly single family homes, condos, and apartments. When trying to decide if you are ready to purchase your own home or condo, you might find a good temporary home in one of these high-end apartment complexes.

Post Hyde Park

Neighborhood: Hyde Park/SoHo | Location: 502 S. Fremont Ave.

Features/Amenities:

  • 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Three Story Buildings
  • Fully-Euipped, 24-Hour Fitness Center
  • Resident Business Center
  • Urban Vegetable Gardens
  • Controlled-access entry gate
  • Walking distance to Hyde Park, Bayshore, and SoHo

The Vintage Lofts at West End

Neighborhood: North Hyde Park | Location: 801 North Rome Ave.

Features/Amenities:

  • 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms
  • Swimming Pools and Spa
  • Controlled-access entry gate
  • 4-Story Parking Garage
  • Public Area Wi-Fi

Bell Channelside

Neighborhood: Channelside | Location: 1120 E. Twiggs Street

Features/Amenities:

  • Covered Controlled Access Parking
  • Poolside Seating
  • 2,700 Sq. Ft. Fitness Studio
  • Yoga and Spinning Room
  • Cyber Cafe
  • Complimentary Coffee Bar
  • Billiards Area and Outside Kitchen

Element

Neighborhood: Downtown | Location: 808 North Franklin

Features/Amenities:

  • Resort Style Elevated Sundeck with Spa, WiFi, Outdoor Bar, and Cabanas
  • Poolside Clubroom with TVs and Entertainment Kitchen
  • Fitness Center with State -of-the-Art Weight and Aerobic Equipment
  • Walking distance to Curtis Hixon Park, Straz Center, and Downtown Restaurants

Post Harbour Place

Neighborhood: Harbour Island | Location: 8000 Harbour Post Drive

Features/Amenities:

  • Studios and 1, 2, and 3 Bedrooms
  • High Ceilings
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Four Swimming Pools
  • Boat Slips with Lifts
  • Walking Distance to Channelside,  Tampa Bay Times Forum, and Downtown Restaurants

Pierhouse Channelside 

Neighborhood: Channelside | Location: 1226 E. Cumberland Ave.

Features/Amenities:

  • Nautical Themed Art Park
  • Resort Inspired Pool
  • Two-Story Fitness Center
  • Clubroom with Fireplace and Flat Screen Televisions
  • Large spa
  • Poolside Grilling Area
  • Easy Acess to Ybor, Channelside, and Downtown

The Slade

Neighborhood: Channelside | Location: 1190 E. Washington Street.

Features/Amenities:

  • Infinity Pools
  • Salt Water Pool
  • 2-Story Fitness Center
  • Club Room and Cyber Cafe
  • Whirlpool Spa
  • Rooftop Sun Deck
  • Gated Parking

NoHo Flats New

Neighborhood: Channelside | Location: 1190 E. Washington Street

Expected Opening: Now Leasing

Features/Amenities:

  • Pool Lounge with Seating and Flat Screen Televisions
  • 1, 2 and 3 Beedrooms
  • Outdoor Grilling and Dining Areas
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fire Pits

Tired of Apartment Living?

If apartments just don’t cut it and you are ready to get a home of your own, make sure to take the right steps. While going through the process of finding a home or condo, Keller Williams lists the best steps as:

  1. decide to buy
  2. hire an agent
  3. secure financing (choose a loan officer, get approved)
  4. find your home (search, search, search)
  5. perform due diligence (use a homeowners insurance calculator to find insurance rate, consider property taxes, get an inspection, etc.)
  6. make an offer
  7. close
  8. move in

Whether or not you are looking for an apartment as a temporary home or a long-term residence, Tampa has a variety of high-class, amenity-rich properties to choose from. Which do you think is the best?

The Rack in Hyde Park Closes Its Doors

A South Tampa staple shut its doors this week when The Rack in Hyde Park closed down.

On Friday October 11, the marque facing the traffic coming east on Platt Street was removed — no more messages about all you can drink happy hours or half off sushi specials.

After noticing that the signage was removed, we called The Rack and received no answer. The Facebook page and Twitter account for the Hyde Park Rack seem to have been taken down as well.

The Brandon Rack is still open. When we called to ask what happened at the Hyde Park location, a staff member confirmed that the Hyde Park location was closed, but said the reasons why were not discussed with the Brandon staff.

Whatever the reason for closing, it’s a loss to South Tampa, and now, we can only hope another awesome restaurant moves into the prime location near SoHo. Who else is bummed that The Rack closed? What do you want to see go in its place?