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As Tampa slowly reopens amid a global pandemic, we already know that there will be an amplified focus for businesses on cleanliness and consumer and employee health. What other trends can we foresee continuing as we emerge post-COVID? Will there be a real commitment to embrace walkable cities and neighborhoods? While Mayor Jane Castor deploys her Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan in downtown Tampa and effectively opens up the sidewalks, parking lots and empty streets to outdoor seating for restaurants and retail, one has to wonder…will Tampa become the next U.S. Walkable City?

Walkable cities provide many benefits to residents and local businesses; from improved health and happiness along with environmental well-being, to improved personal finances and increased local commerce. Along with this wonderful opportunity for Tampa residents and business owners to experience a sort of COVID-inspired walkable urban design, the Downtown Tampa Partnership, an Economic Development Organization, is boosting the Mayor’s efforts with their Tampa’s Downtown Reinvestment & Relief Fund. This fund provides grants to downtown Tampa businesses as they open their doors once again.

Tampa Bay is Awesome celebrates the re-opening of Tampa’s business community by highlighting some new hot spots that you simply must experience:

Shibui – Opening June 8th,  This is the newest Asian Fusion concept by Nocturnal Hospitality Group. Follow them on Instagram to get a sneak peek of their food, drinks and elegant dining experience.

Address: 808 N Franklin St Suite 812-14, Tampa
Photo credit:  Shibui Facebook page

Fly Bar The highly anticipated return of a local hot spot, the Fly Bar is now hiring in preparation for its imminent return! (We can’t wait either.)

Address: 442 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
Fly Bar and Restaurant
Photo credit:  Fly Bar and Restaurant Facebook page

DeVito’s Italian Specialties – From the owner of Taps, this brand new, elegant Italian restaurant is now serving authentic, classic Italian cuisine with a modern, artistic presentation.

Address: 200 N Tampa St, Tampa
DeVito's Italian Specialties
Photo credit:  DeVito’s Italian Specialties Facebook page

Butter’s Burgers – Now open featuring crafted burgers, beers and cocktails and a penchant for pugs. (Check out their website, you’ll see what we mean.) The images of the burgers are quite literally mouth-watering.

Address: 777 N Ashley Dr D1, Tampa
Butter's Burger


By Jodi McLean

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