Tampa Teasers: Grocery store in Seminole Heights, adult playground & retro arcade downtown


Thirsty for more local openings? Sip away, Tampa. While we’re chomping at the bit to experience Water Street Tampa (we all can starting November 30), there are several other anticipated arrivals that also come with considerable hype.

Duckweed Urban Market, a local gem with location in downtown at 803 North Tampa Street, will soon expand its footprint with a second spot in Seminole Heights. The market carries all the essentials of any good quick stop, with gourmet accoutrements one would expect from a locally grown concept.

Duckweed plans third store in Tampa

The grocery store is a welcome addition to booming Seminole Heights neighborhood. It will be located at the 52-unit Avenue Lofts apartment community at 5236 North Florida Avenue.

One more spot to work and then unwind in Seminole Heights? Yea, we’re sold. Also, kava is a pretty fantastic alternative for folks looking to put a halt to their caffeine consumption.

Clementine Cafe will join Duckweed in Seminole Heights. The cafe makes organic indulgences that will melt you like butter. Their sourdough cinnamon popovers are revelations. The ahi tuna tataki lettuce cups on the contrary are amazing grab and go snacks perfect for a healthy work day.

Grassroots expands beyond St. Pete

It’s not alone. Grassroots Kava House, a kava/coffee shop based out of St. Pete, will join it. The shop has been known to host live music events, and is exceptionally popular for its ample seating, comfortable work stations and massive kava selection.

Both could be open by late 2019. It’s especially good news for future residents of Avenue Lofts, who will already be able to walk to top foodie spots like Ichicoro and Rooster & The Till from their front doors.

The deliciousness by no means ends there. Park & Rec, a St. Pete-based bar, arcade, cocktail lounge and adult playground is set to take over the former AJA location at 290 S Meridian Avenue.

Mega-sized beer pong, over the top mixed drinks, fun music and more are pinnacles of the Park & Rec vibe. Owner Steve Schrutt is known of The Avenue, a praised burger joint in downtown St. Pete, and his concessions at Tropicana Field, which includes Kings Street Food Counter.

Adult playground from St. Pete has big plans for Tampa

The concept will feature four bars in the two-story space, according to a report from ABC Action News.

Will there be DJs? Yes. Will there be lawn games that put your college tailgate to shame? Probably. We’re there for the retro arcade games and local beers. An official opening date hasn’t been announced yet. Follow Park & Rec on Facebook for updates.

What are you most excited to see open in Tampa? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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