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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.
Tampa Pride returns with LGBT parade and street fest in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times – March 28, 2015
As grand marshal of Tampa's first gay pride festival in 13 years, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor posed for selfies and doled out hugs along the parade route that snaked down E. Seventh Avenue in Ybor City on Saturday. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
Baseball movie made in Tampa Bay in 1986 is ‘Long Gone’
Tampa Bay Times – March 25, 2015
Filmed around Tampa Bay in 1986, HBO’s baseball movie Long Gone changed the rules as one of the cable giant’s first in-house productions, paving the way for today’s Emmy superiority. Originally planned to film in the Panhandle, the director changed his mind after not finding a suitable location there and upon visiting Ybor City. Rad more from the Tampa Bay Times.
Latest bidder on Ybor arch land has invested heavily there
Tampa Tribune – March 23, 2015
A man working on one major Ybor City project, the old Oliva Cigar Factory, has his eye on another. Developer Darryl Shaw has bid to buy and develop a parcel close to the Ybor City Arch. His Ybor City Holdings firm was the only one to submit a bid for the city-owned land on the northeast corner of Nuccio Parkway by Friday’s deadline. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.
Cuban Sandwich Festival draws thousands to downtown Tampa
Tampa Tribune – March 22, 2015
This year, over 20,000 people attended Ybor’s 4th annual Cuban Sandwich Festival, a true Food and Cultural Art festival featuring over 100 booths with food vendors, art, cultural exhibitors and much more. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.
Cultures, cigars converge in Ybor City
Columbus Dispatch – March 22, 2015
Arriving to Florida early, I decided to spend the afternoon in Ybor City. The decision was a good one. About 2 miles from downtown Tampa, the neighborhood is a buzzing entertainment district that originated as an industry town and one of America’s great immigrant melting pots. Read more from the Columbus Dispatch.
Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop
FOX 13 – March 18, 2015
An Ybor City Museum exhibit is back by popular demand. The 'Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop' allows visitors to get a behind-the scenes tour of Ybor City's historic buildings, and enjoy the variety of architectural styles and stories each spot has to offer. Read more from FOX 13.
Plan to renovate Ybor City cigar factory gets $250K grant
Bay News 9 – March 12, 2015
A piece of Ybor City history is getting a facelift. Hillsborough commissioners have invested $250,000 in grant money to renovate the Oliva Cigar Factory, which is located at 2008 N. 19th Street. The building was built in the late 1800s. Read more from Bay News 9.
New anti-crime partnership created for downtown Tampa
Tampa Tribune – March 12, 2015
The Ybor City Business Watch was created in 2011 in order to bridge the disconnect between the police and business owners. Since then, officials said, the program has helped align Ybor business owners, residents and police officers to reduce crime by about 70 percent. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.