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PHOTOS Small Giant brings Columbus-style pizza to Water Street Tampa

A melty pepperoni pizza on a plate
Columbus-style pizza | Photo via Press Marketing

Water Street Tampa just enjoyed two major debuts. Cru Hospitality Group, parent company of Cru Cellars, is expanding its brand, and has opened two concepts in Water Street Tampa — Wine on Water and Small Giant This follows the recent debut of their Champagne bar concept, Bouzy, in Hyde Park Village. Found in the up-and-coming neighborhood, these localized destinations will showcase some of the best wines at Wine on Water and dining options at Small Giant. The adjacent concepts are located on Water Street on the bottom floor of Cora, one of the neighborhood’s three residential buildings. 

“We’re beyond thrilled to expand our brand into such a strong community,” said Jennifer Bingham, Owner and Sommelier at Cru Hospitality Group. “We know that these two concepts will quickly become staples to residents and visitors of Water Street Tampa and we look forward to enhancing the neighborhood with new and unique options.”


A burger covered in fresh provolone cheese and mushrooms. Golden fries are on the plate.
Fresh mushroom burger at Small Giant
A burger covered in fresh bacon and kimchi. The burger is on a toasted bun on a black plate with a side of golden fries.
Kimchi Burger at Small Giant

A new wine garden coming to Water Street Tampa

Wine on Water (1057 Water St) is a modern wine and spirits shop featuring over 250 selections, including familiar favorites with a focus on distinctive small-production wines. Top international distillery and brewery brands will be highlighted alongside small batch offerings. In addition to retail opportunities, guests can enjoy a rotating by-the-glass list in the outdoor patio area. Wine on Water will feature 18 patio seats, as well as an indoor tasting table with nine seats for guests. Operating hours will be 11am to 10pm daily. The two concepts are connected, so you can enjoy a meal at Small Giant and walk straight through to the dreamy bottle library.

This concept will cater to the community through its elevated space ideal for private events, its support for sustainable and organic wineries and online ordering featuring neighborhood delivery. Locals can come together in the space for an extensive series of educational classes and tastings offered for both new and seasoned wine enthusiasts throughout the year.

An L shaped bar. A bartender speaks to guests who approach the bar.
Small giant features full bar with a curated selection of cocktails
Exterior of a restaurant with full glass doors. A copper sign with a whale drawn on it hangs over the door.
Outside Small Giant. The restaurant is connected to the new wine shop, Wine on Water, and is on the same block at Yura Vine and Chill Bros Ice Cream

Columbus-style pizza in the heart of Water Street

Small Giant bar and restaurant (1011 E Cumberland Avenue)  provides the neighborhood with a lofty space to gather and connect as a community. This inclusive and approachable concept boasts the atmosphere of a classy, local corner bar and is the first to bring Columbus-Style Pizza—cut in squares, topped with cupped pepperoni slices and encompassed by a flaky crust with a butter crunch—to the Tampa Bay area. Cocktails and craft beers will satisfy all tastes, while Small Giant’s food menu offers enhanced selections of familiar and comforting bar accoutrements. Catering and event packages will also be offered to upgrade any private or networking event.


A cheese pizza topped with pepperoni. The slices are cut into squares.
Columbus-style pizza at Small Giant | Photo via Press Marketing

Small Giant will be open for guests from 11am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 12am Friday and Saturday. The concept will seat 75 guests between the indoor and patio spaces.

Follow Wine on Water on Instagram, and Small Giant on Instagram for updates.

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