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Tampa ramps up to be a leader in the new relationship with Cuba
Miami Herald – May 5, 2015
Before Miami was even a city, Cubans were rolling cigars in the red brick factories of Tampa’s Ybor City and Cuban independence hero José Martí had visited to drum up support for the Cuban cause. It was the middle of the next century before Cuban exiles began making their mark on Miami. Read more from Miami Herald.
Concert review: A look back at the 34th annual Tropical Heatwave
Creative Loafing – May 5, 2015
For the first year ever, I took to the streets of Ybor City to cover Tropical Heatwave solo, with no real game plan in mind, only a few acts earmarked as must-sees, and accompanied by a different girlfriend each night. Neither had ever experienced WMNF’s annual musical bacchanalia, and both left exhausted but pleased, since they did more than a little dancing (and a whole lot of walking) to get that way. Read more from Creative Loafing.
Tampa firm promotes ‘José Martí Trail’ as tourist destination
Tampa Tribune – May 3, 2015
The Tampa area already struggles against Orlando, the top tourist destination in the world, to gain a share of the visitors who come to spend money in Florida. Soon, Orlando will begin competing for one of the attractions that makes Tampa unique in Central Florida — regular flights to and from Havana. They begin this summer, flying each Wednesday. Read more from Tampa Tribune.
Going way back with Cubans, Tampa leads push forward
New York Times – May 2, 2015
Decades before Miami danced to a Cuban rhythm, Tampa’s Ybor City grew up and got rich to the sounds of Cuban-inflected Spanish as thousands of workers rolled cigars by day and plotted the island’s independence from Spain by night. Today, Tampa sees itself as pivotal to Cuba once again: The city is taking the lead in the Obama administration’s effort to rekindle diplomatic ties to Cuba, a move that runs counter to the anti-engagement orthodoxy of Miami and Florida’s state government. Read more from New York Times.
Ybor to get Rock Brothers Brewing brewery, music venue by fall
Creative Loafing – April 30, 2015
On Wednesday, Rock Brothers Brewing, which collaborates with bands like Hootie & the Blowfish and Have Gun, Will Travel on signature brews, announced its plans to open a craft brewery and live music venue inside Ybor City's historic King-Greco Hardware building, built in 1895, sometime in fall. At 1901 N. 15th St., the brewery will "retain as much authenticity within our remodel as humanly possible," Rock Brothers co-founder Kevin Lilly said in a news release. Read more from Creative Loafing.
Tropical Heatwave has 70 bands on eight Ybor City stages
Tampa Tribune – April 30, 2015
Ambitious, audacious, eclectic, weird, exciting, strange, outrageous and adventurous are among the adjectives used to describe the acts at Tropical Heatwave, the annual party/musical event that takes over Ybor City each spring. Celebrating its 34 year, one of the longest-running festivals in America offers 70 bands spread over two nights and eight stages. More than 5,000 music fans are expected to attend. Read more from Tampa Tribune.
Italian Club holding fundraiser to honor Tampa’s first immigrants
ABC Action News – April 30, 2015
Many immigrants who lived as neighbors in Ybor City are buried side-by-side at the Italian Club Cemetery at the corner of 24th Avenue and 26th Street in Tampa. The Italian Club is raising funds to keep-up the grounds, a tough task at almost $3,000 a month. A fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Italian Club featuring comedy acts aim to generate enough to honor Tampa’s past. More from ABC Action News.
Versatile Tampa plays host of countries in “Infiltrator”
Tampa Tribune – April 30, 2015
Cephas Gilbert’s restaurant and adjacent home, and a large swath of Ybor City, were chosen for some of the scenes in the new feature film, “The Infiltrator,” starring Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. The front of Gilbert’s property represented a Tampa storefront, the inside became a convenience store and the backyard lush with Caribbean foliage stood in for Nicaragua. Read more from Tampa Tribune.
Don Vicente de Ybor to convert hotel rooms into apartments
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 29, 2015
The 16 quaint hotel rooms in the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn are soon to become apartments. Following a Tuesday report in the Tampa Bay Business Journal about the Don Vicente closing in May, Darryl Shaw, who owns the building, revealed his plans going forward. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.
New Selmon Greenway links the Riverwalk with Ybor City for walkers and cyclists
ABC Action News – April 29, 2015
The new Tampa Riverwalk is a beautiful place to take a stroll, but it's not always the best way to see the whole downtown. But now, a new $1.9 million dollar foot and bike path will take you pretty much all over town without a car. The new Selmon Greenway links together the far flung jewels of Ybor, Channelside, Downtown and the Riverwalk with the paved 15-foot-wide trail running mostly beneath the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. More from ABC Action News.
Ybor City church mentoring its youngest members
FOX 13 – April 26, 2015
An Ybor City church is taking care of its community's youngest members. Relevant Church's mentoring program sends volunteers into schools in need of some extra help. Their goal is to make sure every child has an adult they can look up to. Read more from FOX 13.
Preservation board Oks Ybor hotel plan
Tampa Tribune – April 22, 2015
Plans for a sleek four-star hotel in Ybor City cleared a major hurdle Tuesday as the city’s historic preservation authority in Ybor City approved a design plan for the project. The as-yet unnamed hotel would redevelop a block-size parcel in Ybor City on the northwest corner of East Seventh Avenue and North 15th Street, potentially adding a 180-room property with a budget that could top $50 million. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.
Free ice cream at Ybor City Saturday Market
Tampa Tribune – April 21, 2015
The Ybor City Saturday Market is a continuously operating year-round option for shopping fresh and local items. The market is celebrating 15 years in business with free ice cream on April 25. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.
Ybor’s La Segunda bakery celebrates 100 years Thursday
Tampa Tribune – April 20, 2015
We live in a commercialized world where everything is the “best,’’ the “all-time leader,’’ the “greatest thing since sliced bread.’’ That’s why we are often disappointed when things don’t reach the level advertised. And it’s why I got up early Saturday and headed down to La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City to check on perfection one more time before sitting down to write this. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.
Ybor City bakery celebrating 100th birthday
Bay News 9 – April 19, 2015
A landmark in Ybor City is celebrating a milestone birthday. La Segunda Central Bakery, at 2512 N. 15th street, is a century old this year. On April 23, the bakery will celebrate 100 years with a big birthday party. To put it in perspective, Woodrow Wilson was president and the price of bread was about 7 cents a loaf when Juan More started the family business in 1915. Read more from Bay News 9.
Delight Your Taste Buds Exploring Ybor City's Best Dining
USA Today – April 17, 2015
By day, Ybor City is a tourist mecca, inviting visitors to walk its cobbled streets and explore its fascinating history. By night, it’s an entertainment hotspot with oodles of bars and clubs lining the streets. At any time of day, however, you can find delicious dining options to choose from. To help you decide, 10 Best has scoured the charming streets of Ybor City to find the top ten dining spots. Read more from USA Today.
Ybor museum garden site of weekly public yoga
Tampa Tribune – April 13, 2015
Enjoy free beginner yoga every Saturday in Ybor City. Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings, the Ybor City Museum garden offers a shaded oasis for classes led by Yoga Loft Tampa. See more from the Tampa Tribune.
Festa Italiana celebrates Ybor City’s roots
Tampa Tribune – April 12, 2015
Roz Hulburt and her husband Terry paused in the shade along Ninth Avenue in Ybor City Sunday, as hundreds of people milled around them. The smoke from Terry Hulburt’s cigar mingled on the breeze with a bouncing rhythm from the main stage at the 18th annual Festa Italiana weekend in Ybor City. On the hunt for a peach bellini, a light cocktail made with peach schnaaps, Roz Hulburt, who is Sicilian, said the couple has attended each Festa Italiana festival since the event began. Read more from Tampa Tribune.
Singer Lance Bass will host Ybor club’s anniversary party Saturday
Tampa Bay Times – April 8, 2015
Liquid nightclub in Ybor City said with its third anniversary approaching, "We decided to either go big or go home," so it decided to go big with Bass, as in former boy bander Lance Bass hosting the gay nightclub's three-year milestone on Saturday. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
Darlings of darkness Seabound to play Orpheum in Ybor
TBO.com – April 8, 2015
Twenty years and eight albums after being introduced by a mutual friend, Seabound band members Frank Spinath and Martin Vorbrodt bring their brooding melodies to The Orpheum in Ybor City, as part of the “Speak in Storms” tour. Read more from TBO.com.
National Beer Day, Tampa Bay deals
ABC Action News – April 7, 2015
The Now Tampa Bay called around to a few popular beer establishments to see what kind of specials they were offering for National Beer Day. Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City won for offering happy hour pricing all day on pints. See more from ABC Action News.
Festa Italiana takes over Ybor City
ABC Action News – April 4, 2015
Festa Italiana weekend kicks off in Ybor City on April 9-12. We talked to Chef Rick Ceglio, a Sickles High School culinary instructor, and student Emma Sisarsky this morning about some of the food that will be featured at the event. Watch the clip at ABC Action News.
Rock Brothers Brewery and tasting room earmarked for Ybor City
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 3, 2015
An old 10,000-square-foot building in Ybor City is on its way to becoming one of Tampa Bay’s next brewhouse emporiums. Tony Casoria, who is a partner in Mandarin Hide and POW restaurant in St. Petersburg, said he and and his partners are developing Rock Brothers Brewery, which will include a tasting room and an intimate music venue. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Inside Florida's Stunning 110-Year-Old Icon, Columbia Restaurant
Eater – April 2, 2015
For well over a century, Columbia Restaurant has been hosting Tampa visitors and residents in its now-iconic Ybor City location. Serving Spanish and Cuban-inspired cuisine in a historic building, Columbia has several proud superlatives to its name.Read more from Eater.