Buddy Brew, BENTO will open inside Armature Works in Tampa Heights

inside a food hall with boards up around a new coffee bar

Buddy Brew Coffee Bar and BENTO Asian Kitchen will both open new stalls inside Armature Works in Tampa Heights.

Buddy Brew Coffee remains a staple for most local coffee connoisseurs with myriad locations across the Tampa Bay region. Its next stop is Armature Works. Buddy Brew will take over the space formerly occupied by Union Coffee.

Serving Tampa for more than a decade

Dave and Susan Ward opened the very first Buddy Brew Coffee Bar in Tampa in 2010. The name of the concept comes from the owners pup, Buddy. The pair created a label in jest with their dog’s name on it, but customers fell in love with it. 11 years later, and more than 7 locations in, Buddy Brew is ingrained in Tampa Bay’s DNA.

Buddy Brew’s opening timeline in Armature works is still TBA.

News recently broke that Ichicoro is gone from Armature. Its stall won’t be vacant for long. BENTO Asian Kitchen + Sushi just announced it would join the massive food hall soon.

“We are thrilled to announce that BENTO will be joining the lineup of amazing food stalls this month,” wrote the owners on Instagram. The concept serves up rolls, bowls, boxes, and sensational teas.

BENTO employs more than 500 people

BENTO opened its first location in Gainesville in 2002. Nearly two decades later, the concept employs 500+ people with locations in Orlando, Atlanta, Tampa, Jacksonville, St. Pete and beyond.

BENTO’s concept seems perfectly suited for these socially distanced times. Their readymade to-go boxes featuring pan-Asian favorites are the perfect grab and go treats. Signature items include Szechuan noodle soup, pineapple Thai fried rice, and Pad Thai.

An opening date is still TBA.

You can visit Armature Works at 1910 N Ola Avenue

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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