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Tampa bar/restaurant openings we can’t wait for in 2020

Rendering of a new downtown bar with outdoor seating

That’s right, there’s a just a few weeks left in 2019. Sheesh, a decade sure does fly. Tampa certainly isn’t the city it was back in 2010. Out with the old and in with the new, right? In case you weren’t already exhilarated by the arrival of the new year, we have a few delicious options that will emerge around Tampa in 2020.

The end of 2019 saw the debut of Psomi Greek Bakery, Olivia traditional Italian restaurant, La La’s Sangria Bar, Chill Bros Ice Cream, Park & Rec TPA, and the announcement that Tampa’s Hall on Franklin will expand in Orlando and St. Pete. Oh, not to mention the fact that the developers behind Armature Works are opening a similar food hall concept in St. Pete.


Fly Bar & Restaurant

OK, this one is more a return. Fly Bar and Restaurant announced it would close its Franklin Street location back in 2018. In 2020, the popular spot will reemerge in a popular corner near Oxford Exchange.

Located at 442 West Kennedy Boulevard, the new Fly Bar will of course continue to deliver the same energy and flavorful offerings it did on Franklin Street. We still crave those fried goat cheese balls, the cauliflower and broccoli bowls, and the tasty house sangria.

The new location does mean no more rooftop drinks with Fly Bar, but its new location will offer ample outdoor seating.


A true original in Tampa’s now flourishing nightlife scene, diners continue to rave about the small plates, such as the frites and mussels with hopped aioli, and the rabbit tacos.

An official opening date is still TBA. Follow Fly Bar on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Copper Shaker

Cheers, Ybor City, you’re in for a treat. The ever popular St. Pete-based cocktail bar, Copper Shaker, will open in the booming area sometime in 2020.

It will take over the former Flynn’s Retro Bar & Gaming at 1502 East 7th Avenue. The coming soon sign on the door indicates it may actually open before the start of 2020, but in case you can’t make it out to Ybor before then, we’ll consider this a 2020 arrival.

What do you need to try when it opens?

Let’s hope they bring over the fried shiitake strips, hanging tender mojo steak, and the truffled shroom and onion flatbread. 

As for the drinks, you can’t go wrong with smokestack. This cocktail features Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey, maple syrup, and creole and orange bitters. Oh yea, it’s smoked too.

The Mr. Tea is a total palate refresher, and a flavorful pick-me-up at the bar. Sip on a cocktail made with black tea infused bourbon, raw sugar, aromatic and peach bitters. 

Keep up with everything happening with The Copper Shaker by following the kitchen and bar on Facebook and Instagram.

Sugar Factory

Get ready for something incredibly sweet, Tampa. The Sugar Factory, a massive and wild candy shop featuring boozy cocktails, and giant sundaes that are more like exquisite centerpieces than desserts, will take over a portion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2020.

The Sugar Factory will be located in the mezzanine area of the casino overlooking the grand entrance. The 120-seat full-service restaurant will feature the brand’s signature confectionary, which boasts a 4,000-square-foot, floor-to-ceiling candy wall with over 500 types of candy, including a selection of bulk and novelty candy like the world-famous Couture Pops.

Sugar Factory’s legendary desserts will grace the menu, including the famous King Kong Sundae – 24 scoops of ice cream topped with sprinkles, gummy bears, caramel sauce, fudge sauce, giant swirly pops and more, serving up to 12 people. OK, they say 12 people, I say all for me (please don’t judge).

Sugar Factory Tampa will be located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 5223 Orient Road. Sugar Factory American Brasserie will be open weekdays from 11am–11pm and weekends from 11am-1am. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily and brunch will be available on Saturdays and Sundays. Parking is available in the parking garage or through valet at the entrance of the hotel and casino.

Astro Brewing

Tampa’s tiniest brew hub is opening in June 2020. Astro Brewing will open at 3329 South Westshore Boulevard in the former Jasmine Thai space, though the owners plan to only take over half of it.

“We aim to be a very small neighborhood brewery offering quality ales and lagers to local folks,” wrote the owners in an Instagram message to “We will have a very small brewing system (3.5 barrel) one of the smallest in Tampa actually.” 

Their small size will allow Astro Brewing to rotate beer rapidly, and experiment more. They plan to serve all of the beer they produce on site. That’s right, no canning, no bottling, no distribution. It’s a pure as it gets. 

Keep up with Astro Brewing’s progress by following the brewery on Instagram, and Twitter.

Black Radish Vegan Grocery Store

3 Dot Dash is one of the best vegan spots in all of Tampa Bay. Now, the minds behind the delicious sandwich shop are debuting a full on vegan grocery store!

3 Dot Dash announced the news on Instagram on November 11. Called Black Radish Grocer, the concept will debut in the VM neighborhood in Ybor City in early 2020. 

Black Radish will offer humane and affordable options that the owners feel the city of Tampa needs. 

An official address is TBA. Follow Black Radish on Instagram for progress updates. 

That’s not all that coming to Ybor City. BarrieHaus will deliver serious lagers to the area in the very near future with an all new tasting room.


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