Restaurants raise profile of Seminole Heights - New York News

Restaurants raise profile of Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood

Posted: Updated:
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Debi Johnson has called Seminole Heights home for several years now. While she's been renovating her home on the inside, on the outside, the neighborhood is also growing.

"It's getting a lot better," said Johnson, the President of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association.

Wes Miller agrees. He's lived here since the 90s.

"There's all kinds of businesses moving in, and once again, it's due to the type of people that are moving and have lived in Seminole Heights," he said.

"We've had Ella's open up, the Refinery, Domani's, just tons of new restaurants and a lot on the horizon," Debi added.

One of those new restaurants is the mastermind of Refinery's Chef Greg Baker.

"I like to think of it as just my tiny little restaurant. Apparently it's grown into something much bigger than we ever expected it to be," he said.

Thanks to rave reviews by national media and a nod by the prestigious James Beard award for three years in a row, the restaurant has become a big deal.

"It's very flattering, very humbling. I still look at myself as a dumb kid who cooks," Baker said.

However, he's stirring up quite the excitement with new plans to open up a restaurant called Fodder and Shine early next year. The timing couldn't be better.

"This is the greatest neighborhood in Tampa. Nobody understands that yet," he said.

The Front Porch certainly gets it. It's the area's oldest restaurant.

"It was built in 1898 and there's a lot of ghost stories and mystique about the restaurant," said Front Porch Manager Lisa Ianniello, "It's the neighborhood bar, restaurant, if you will."

Although Fodder and Shine will open up just next door, there's a sense of community, not competition, between all these small "mom and pops'" that are making Seminole Heights the place to be.

"Oh, I think nothing but plus, plus, plus!" said Wes.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 8 confirmed mumps cases at Stevens Institute of Technology

    8 confirmed mumps cases at Stevens Institute of Technology

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:26:31 GMT
    Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
    The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.  The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.



  • Search for woman who tried to snatch baby in stroller

    NYPD: Woman tried to snatch baby in stroller

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:37:43 GMT
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices