Ybor City in the News - 2012

Ybor City is frequently featured in news stories. Below is a sampling of news about Ybor City in 2012.

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A Wee Bit O’ Ireland in Ybor
Examiner – December 31, 2012
To top off a nice cool day or night in Ybor, stop into the James Joyce Irish Pub for a wee taste of Ireland. Read more from the Examiner.

Before Outback Bowl showdown, fans flock to Ybor
My Fox Tampa Bay - January 1, 2013
The parade has become an annual tradition in Tampa.  It's one of the largest the city offers, made mostly of marching bands from across the country. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

The Family Business: J.C. Newman Cigar Co.
Tampa Bay Business Journal - December 28, 2012
Not too many Tampa Bay area businesses can say they have been in business for more than a century. The J.C. Newman Cigar Co. in Tampa proudly can. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Family Business: Columbia Restaurant
Tampa Bay Business Journal - December 28, 2012
So much has been written about the Columbia Restaurant and the family that keeps it running, yet it didn’t feel right to leave them off a list about multi-generational companies. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

More holiday parties: a sign of the times?
Tampa Bay Business Journal - December 28, 2012
An uptick in holiday parties could be good news not just for the restaurant industry, but for all industries, whether it’s a sign of larger budgets, hiring or just general optimism. “We’ve had fantastic walk-in business and fantastic holiday parties,” said Ybor City restaurateur Jason Fernandez. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Adamo Drive mural highlights Ybor history and heritage
Tampa Bay Times - December 25, 2012
That mix of sights, sounds and people is what Dave Scott is trying to capture on the giant mural going up now on Adamo Drive, the southern border of the historic district. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

USAmeriBank installs re-creation of historic "Lady Columbia" sign
10 News - December 19, 2012
Today, Dec. 19, USAmeriBank installed an 11-foot-tall sign that's a re-creation of the historic 'Lady Columbia' sign of the 1940's and 50's at its Ybor branch. Read more from 10 News or see the photo gallery.

Uniquely local gifts for last-minute shoppers
Tampa Tribune - December 20, 2012
Ybor City cigars, coffee and pavers make the Tampa Tribune's list of uniquely local gifts. Not only will you help support local businesses, but you may even impress that hard-to-buy-for relative. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s Riverwalk showcases history as expansion plans move ahead
Tampa Bay Times - December 16, 2012
Standing in front of a bronze bust of his great-grandfather — Vicente Martinez-Ybor, the man who brought the cigar industry to Tampa — 83-year-old Rafael Martinez-Ybor said the likeness "makes me feel proud of the name that I carry." Read more from the Tampa Bay Times [http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampas-riverwalk-showcases-history-as-expansion-plans-move-ahead/1266187]

Ybor City lands international food distribution group
Tampa Bay Business Journal – December 14, 2012
International food distribution company Al-Ashrafiya saw just enough smiling faces and competitive rates while visiting Tampa during a site search that the company chose Ybor for its first warehouse in the United States. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Positively Tampa Bay: For the Love of “Basebol”

Yahoo! News – December 13, 2012
Ybor City Museum Society makes big announcement on a future Baseball Museum! Read more from Yahoo! News.

Snow machines to turn Seventh Avenue into winter wonderland
Tampa Tribune – December 12, 2012
A stretch of Seventh Avenue is set to become a winter wonderland — at least for a couple of hours. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

10 famous cuisines in unexpected places
USA Today – December 12, 2012
Miami has a huge Cuban-American population, but Tampa, Fla. is a Little Cuba in itself, thanks to the Cuban cigar industry that flourished in the early 1900s in Tampa's Ybor City. Read more from USA Today.

Top draws in Ybor are its legends, characters
Tampa Tribune - December 10, 2012
The real treasure of Ybor is not its ornamental buildings or even its saffron-laced cuisine so much as its people. Since its beginnings, it has been home to an ever-lengthening list of characters. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Hillsborough Commissioners Select Projects For Historic Preservation
Tampa Bay Business Journal - December 5, 2012
Broadway Development, Ybor City Museum Society, Italian Club Cemetery, Cherokee and Associates and Michael Murphy received approval for Heritage Tourism Project Building and Sites Allocations grants from Hillsborough County. The grants will be used for improvements to historic structures in Ybor City that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Florida Historical Marker Program, or designated as a Tampa Local Landmark. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Cooper Gallery in Ybor holds annual auction
Tampa Tribune - December 5, 2012
Brad Cooper Gallery in Ybor City will hold its annual "Fine Art Auction" on Saturday, celebrating 28 years of sustaining a top-quality contemporary art gallery in Tampa. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Exit trucks, enter people
Creative Loafing - December 1, 2012
Airbrakes squeal, gears grind and the ground itself seems to shake. It is daunting to stand on the narrow sidewalk in Ybor City on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 21st Street as the light changes and huge, shiny oil tankers whoosh past. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Ybor is Illuminated: Centro Ybor Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Creative Loafing - November 30, 2012
Those who couldn't make it out to the famed tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City joined Mayor Bob Buckhorn along with several other community leaders for the Ybor City version on Wednesday evening. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Oddball races put runners through zombie hordes, color bombs and more
Tampa Bay Times – November 27, 2012
You may hear cries of "My eyes!" as hundreds of Speedo-clad runners in Santa hats hit the streets of Ybor City Dec. 9 for the Santa Speedo Run. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Best eats after midnight in Tampa
Tampa Tribune - November 23, 2012
New York, New York Pizza Bar and Grill at 1512 E. Seventh Ave. makes The Short List of the Tampa Tribune writers' five favorite places to eat after midnight. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Fuente Restores Ybor City Factory Building
Cigar Aficionado - November 20, 2012
It's about what Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. has done to an old red-brick cigar factory and how his commitment pays tribute to the history of Ybor City. Read more from Cigar Aficionado.

Ritz Ybor celebrates the season with Miracle on 7th
Watermark Online - November 19, 2012
For the fourth year in a row, The Ritz Ybor will usher in the holidays with a free event for the entire community. And this year, it will run in conjunction with Ybor City’s tree lighting ceremony. Read more from Watermark.

A Meal at The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City
The Martha Stewart Blog - November 15, 2012
After the morning session, a small group of us took a drive in the area and ended up in the historic Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City.  Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers, Ybor City became known as the cigar capital of the world for all of the millions of cigars that Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants would roll each year in its factories. Read more from Martha Stewart's blog.

Cigar fans fired up for annual Ybor heritage event
Tampa Tribune - November 15, 2012
Stogies and live music will help celebrate the history and heritage of the Latin district. The 14th annual Heritage and Cigar Festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ybor Square and the surrounding area, with proceeds benefiting the Ybor City Museum Society. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

College Hunks set up shop in Ybor City
Tampa Tribune - November 14, 2012
Last week, College Hunks Hauling Junk and sister company College Hunks Moving held a dedication ceremony in honor of their new "world headquarters" in Ybor City. About 100 employees work in the 10,000-square-foot headquarters, which is adjacent to the rear of Centro Ybor at 1513 E. Ninth Ave. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City: The past, present and future
My Fox Tampa Bay - November 14, 2012
All this week Charley Belcher is crossing things off his Bay area bucket list -- places you have to see if you live here in the Tampa Bay area. See his Ybor City videos at My Fox Tampa Bay.

Former Club Empire will re-open but with a new theme
WFLA - November 7, 2012
The property owner of now shut down Club Empire in Ybor City will re-open it's doors and transform the club into Factoria, a high end Latin hangout. Watch the WFLA video below.


Uniting for music
Tampa Tribune - November 5, 2012
On Election Day, an event notably removed from partisan contests will take place in the Ybor City's Cuban Club, where the Florida Orchestra will host the National Symphony of Cuba. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Bavaro building food company while turning out gourmet pizzas
Tampa Tribune – November 4, 2012
Ybor City has some restaurant shuffling. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

The Bad Monkey Bar: Military-themed mixology in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times – November 2, 2012
The Bad Monkey Bar is a new face on the Ybor strip, having taken over spaces previously occupied by a cigar bar and a tattoo shop, respectively. The wide entrance is marked by yellow and black safety tape, giving the impression that you're walking into some sort of airplane hangar, rather than a bar. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Crime down in Tampa Bay, businesses booming!
10 News – November 1, 2012
When you have a safe environment, people feel comfortable," said Richard Gonzmart. People are so comfortable that business at the Columbia is up 60 percent, the best it's been in a decade. Read more from 10 News or watch the video below.

President Obama’s early-morning rally boosted sales for nearby businesses
Creative Loafing – November 1, 2012
The yellow ticket for the Obama rally said doors opened at 7 a.m. It wasn’t long before the line had wrapped its way around several blocks of Ybor City last Friday. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Going once, twice, sold: Ybor street signs auctioned off
Bay News 9 - October 29, 2012
One by one, 12 "La Setima" street signs were auctioned off to the highest bidder in Ybor City. Read more from Bay News 9.

Church band's prayers answered with fateful knock at door
Tampa Bay Times - October 27, 2012
Now he wondered if he was staring at the Las Vegas band that has played on the Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Revamped Guavaween returns to Ybor as a music festival
Tampa Tribune - October 25, 2012
When Guavaween rolls into town Saturday, organizers say you can expect the same high-octane spectacle fans have come to love. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

President Obama in Ybor City

ABC Action News - October 25, 2012
Thousands turned out Thursday morning as President Barack Obama gave a speech at a grassroots rally at Centennial Park in Ybor City. Read more from ABC Action News.

Chico Garcia’s Ybor City mural was envisioned as a ‘destination point’
Tampa Tribune - October 25, 2012
Chico Garcia's new mural near an art studio on Seventh Avenue is a collage of images depicting the area's heritage. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Taking a walk on the haunted side
Observer News - October 25, 2012
According to Howden, few places in the Tampa Bay Area are as active for otherworldly spirits as Ybor City. Howden is the guide for the living to hear about — and perhaps encounter — the no longer living. Read more from Observer News.

Restored cigar factory 'a gift to Tampa'
My Fox Tampa Bay - October 24, 2012
Their goal is to make the building look like it did when it opened more than 100 years ago. They were hired by the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company to restore the old factory for its corporate headquarters. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Curtis Larmon, who owned Tampa's oldest furniture store, dies at 83
Tampa Bay Times - October 23, 2012
By 8:40 a.m. each day, he arrived at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street in Ybor City, where Larmon Furniture has stood since 1931; it is the oldest Tampa furniture retailer still in business. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Food Fridays: Tampa’s Cuban Supreme
National Geographic Traveler - October 19, 2012
“These ingredients represent the heritage and diversity of Tampa,” says Yvonne Yolie Capin, a city council member who, last April, officially declared the Cuban the Florida city’s signature sandwich. Read more from National Geographic Traveler.

Guavaween music lineup announced, The Hold Steady to perform
Tampa Tribune - October 17, 2012
The Guavaween music festival is slated to draw about 30 acts and will be headlined by The Hold Steady, event organizers announced today. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Ybor's 'La Setima' signs up for bid next week
Tampa Tribune - October 17, 2012
Twelve signs declaring Ybor City's main thoroughfare "La Setima" will be auctioned off at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Manheim's auction site at 401 S. 50th St. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ybor exhibit chronicles Tampa's passion for baseball
Tampa Tribune - October 16, 2012
Tampa's love of baseball began more than 100 years before the Tampa Bay Rays came to the area. It began before Ybor City was founded. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

A 500-year history of eating
Tampa Tribune - October 14, 2012
Gary Mormino, a USF history professor, describes the blending of European and Native American cuisines in a lecture on the "500 Years of Eating in Florida" at the historic Centro Asturiano building, Ybor City, to open the celebration of 500 years of Florida's Hispanic Heritage. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Streetcar honors anniversary by rolling back fares
Tampa Tribune - October 10, 2012
To celebrate the anniversary, the system is offering 10-cent rides all day on Oct. 20. Service begins at 10 a.m. The celebration also will include participation by Cirque du Soleil, live entertainment at Centro Ybor, discounts by vendors along the line and streetcar history tours. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Beloved Tampa police major stands down after 30 years
Tampa Tribune - October 10, 2012
Vince Pardo, president of the Ybor City Development Corp., cited a 76 percent reduction in crime in recent years. "You're a big, big part of that," Pardo said. A paver in Ybor on Seventh Avenue will be dedicated to Honeywell. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Top 10 U.S. destinations in October
Reuters - October 5, 2012
From Thrill Day (October 27), a zombie dance party on the St Pete pier, to Necronomicon, the 31st annual "convention of science-fiction, fantasy and horror fans," to Ybor City's takes on Oktoberfest and Halloween (or Guavaween, as the adult-centric celebration is called), it seems like Mickey Mouse isn't the only character you might see this month in Central Florida. Read more from Reuters.

10 more of America's best historic restaurants
CNN - September 26, 2012
The Hernandez/Gonzmart family claims the title of Florida's oldest restaurant and America's oldest Spanish restaurant with their 107-year-old icon Columbia in the Ybor City area of Tampa. Read more from CNN.

InVision Tampa: Reshaping Your City For The Future
83 Degrees - September 25, 2012
Using a federal grant of $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the InVision Tampa project is working toward creating a new master plan for downtown Tampa, the Nebraska Transit Corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. Read more from 83 Degrees.

Ybor City Chamber of Commerce 47th annual Gala
Tampa Bay Times - September 21, 2012
For decades, an invitation to a fancy, fall dinner from Adela Gonzmart, late matriarch of the Columbia restaurant, marked the start of the Ybor City social season. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Taste Tour of 813: Carne Chophouse, Ybor City
813Area.com - September 20, 2012
The Ybor City Historic District had been long overdue for an area steakhouse by the time Carne Chophouse finally opened its doors earlier this summer. Read more from 813Area.com.

Hoffman Porges Gallery celebrates 1-year anniversary
10 News - September 19, 2012
The Hoffman Porges Gallery in Ybor City will celebrate its 1-year anniversary under new ownership this Friday, Sept. 21 with an opening reception featuring the works of Greg Latch and Ray Paul. Read more from 10 News.

Touch-ups for Tampa's oldest restaurant
My Fox Tampa Bay - September 17, 2012
The Columbia restaurant is known for its Spanish decor, rich cultural heritage, and good food. But what they're restoring outside the famous eatery is "What's Right With Tampa Bay." Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Menu takes a time warp
Tampa Tribune - September 17, 2012
People wait in a line that stretches around the block at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City on Sunday to enjoy rock bottom prices at the annual 1905 event, which celebrates the opening of the original location on Seventh Avenue. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Sounds, smells and tastes highlight Festival del Sabor
Tampa Tribune - September 15, 2012
Centennial Park at Eighth Avenue and 19th Street was the site of the seventh annual Festival del Sabor, which translates in English to Festival of Taste. The celebration drew thousands of people to Ybor to embrace the food and culture of area Hispanics. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Lawyer turns passion into a profession
Tampa Bay Times - September 14, 2012
Now, turning an abandoned Spanish grocery bodega in the historic district into an art gallery has made the hobby a part-time business. Renovations are complete and Box on 5th, at Fifth Avenue and 18th Street, is open for emerging artists to display their work. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

No parade, no problem as Guavaween nears
ABC Action News - September 13, 2012
For the thousands of people that attend each year, the 20+ bands that perform and the dozens of bars and restaurants that live through Guavaween each year, it seems the future will undoubtedly be different from anything "the regulars" have ever seen. Read more from ABC Action News.

City of the Month: Tampa
Travel Smart blog - September 1, 2012
Ybor City is the epicenter of Tampa’s eclectic history – Italian, Cuban and Sicilian. Visitors can get both a history lesson and an evening of great dining and entertainment in the city just minutes from downtown Tampa. Read more from Travel Smart.

Recipe: Columbia Restaurant’s Cuban Sandwich
ABC News - September 7, 2012
During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., ABC’s Diane Sawyer visited Columbia Restaurant, which has been in business since 1905, to learn how to make the perfect Cuban sandwich. Read more from ABC News.

Cigar Hunter: Tampa’s tobacco paradise at the GOP convention
The Daily Caller - September 7, 2012
The historic Ybor City neighborhood is home to more than a half-dozen tiny cigar shops that make and sell their own house brands. View the slideshow.

Five new art exhibits signal the end of summer
Tampa Tribune - September 7, 2012
In Ybor, an exhibit called "The Jerry and Steve Show" celebrates 30 years of work by HCC professors Jerry Meatyard and Stephen Holm as they worked to build up the HCC art department. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

The Full Monty
My Fox Tampa Bay - September 4, 2012
The production opens Sept. 6. Find out more by watching Charley's segments, and then go see the show at The Cuban Club. View the video at My Fox Tampa Bay.

Messages in Ybor pavers are heartfelt, humorous
Tampa Tribune - September 4, 2012
Nearly 2,400 pavers have been engraved on the sidewalks of Ybor since the program began in 1990 and more are added each month. It's known as the "Walk of Fame" for people who don't have to be famous. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Artists eager for studio's expansion
Tampa Tribune - September 4, 2012
The studio at 1800 E. Eighth Ave. is preparing for a $200,000 expansion. In addition to providing more space, the goal is to offer better facilities for those taking classes. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

The everyday that once was
Tampa Bay Times - September 2, 2012
For all of Ybor City's oral history, Jeff Moates wondered: Why aren't there more artifacts? Where are the details of everyday life in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Gay Republicans party at 'Homocon'
Politico - August 29, 2012
As Ann Romney talked about love on the convention stage in Tampa, gay Republicans and their supporters were welcomed warmly here in this small town outside of Tampa filled with tattoo parlors and cigar shops. Read more from Politico.

Columbia Restaurant a 107-year-old landmark in Tampa's Ybor City

WFMZ - August 29, 2012
Before the Republican National Convention got underway in Tampa, we took some time out to visit the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood and a One Tank Trip: Convention Style. Read more and watch the video from WFMZ.

Glimpse the late-night RNC party scene in Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times - August 28, 2012
Scenes from Times reporters as they roamed the streets of Ybor on Monday night to check out RNC party action. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Where to go for Cuban cuisine in Tampa
Fox News - August 28, 2012
While the "Cigar City" may not be known as a "foodie" town, the city's restaurant scene is anything but boring --thanks to strong Spanish and Cuban influences.  If you're in Tampa for the GOP Convention or just passing through town, check out this go-to guide for a memorable meal. Read more from Fox News.

Ybor City offers a special appeal
Tampa Tribune - August 27, 2012
It is known for cigars, a hipster entertainment district, a proud Cuban heritage and, of course, food. Steaming paella, Spanish tapas, French cuisine, and an ever-changing menu from a litany of restaurants beckon locals and tourists strolling down the heart of Ybor City. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City offers valuable lessons for Republicans
Tampa Tribune - August 27, 2012
We hope delegates and politicians in town this week for the Republican National Convention have time to visit Ybor City. Beyond its ethnic restaurants and historic buildings, the Latin Quarter offers some powerful lessons on immigration that could be useful to a party struggling to connect with Hispanic voters. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Embracing the essence of Tampa
Tampa Tribune - August 26, 2012
Tampa has a history of welcoming newcomers. Many leading citizens trace their roots to immigrants who came here to work in the cigar factories in Ybor City and West Tampa. They came from Cuba, Spain, Italy, Germany and elsewhere, often with empty pockets but always with a desire for freedom and hope for a better life. For most, their dreams came true. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Stick a fork in it— or don't
Tampa Bay Times - August 26, 2012
Ybor City restaurateur Jason Fernandez has run into the same thing for parties he's booked at his Bernini, Carne Chophouse and other locations. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor turning into RNC party central
Bay News 9 - August 25, 2012
“Ybor City is going to be the hub of the convention,” Fernandez said. “I mean everybody’s going to be down here. If you want to have a good time you come to Ybor City.” Read more from Bay News 9.

10 ways to hang around and enjoy the RNC hoopla
Tampa Bay Times - August 23, 2012
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin always has his finger on the pulse of Ybor, so here's his take: "I think the Columbia Restaurant, Tampa Bay Brewing Company (pictured above) and Gaspar's Grotto might be the most LIKELY locations to see a celebrity or big shot." Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

10 great places to put aside politics in Tampa

USA Today - August 23, 2012
Tampa got its nickname Cigar City because of the factories churning out smokeables in this historic area of town. "Ybor was where the Italians and the Spanish and Cubans and the Germans came together and developed a local culture," says Harris. Read more from USA Today.

Charley at the Chophouse
My Fox Tampa Bay - August 22, 2012
Charley Belcher heads out to the Carne ChopHouse on 7th Avenue in Ybor City. Watch the videos at My Fox Tampa Bay or below.

Take the tour: Cuba comes alive in Historic Ybor City
VOXXI - August 22, 2012
The 22-blocks of Ybor were once the heart of the country’s cigar factory industry. At its peak in the late 1800s to the 1930s it was the cigar capitol of the world, producing about one million cigars a year. Read more VOXXI.

Fabled Ybor rooster puts the fun in funeral
Tampa Bay Times - August 20, 2012
What mattered to the roughly 75 costumed mourners was the memory of James E. Rooster, the wild chicken that roamed Ybor's side streets until his death in 1997 at the paws of a stray mutt. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor City, full of nightlife
Tampa Bay Times - August 20, 2012
There's no better place for nightlife than Ybor City, sprung from Cuban cigar factories east of downtown Tampa. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Best Tampa Bay watering holes for RNC visitors
Chicago Tribune - August 20, 2012
Most of the suggested bars are within a 10-minute taxi ride from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the RNC is being held. Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

A great big bite of history
Tampa Tribune - August 19, 2012
During the festival, which included at least nine other food vendors, organizers created the world's largest Cuban — 36 feet. The new record surpasses Miami's 30-foot creation, slathered together in December. Read more from Tampa Tribune or watch the video from WFLA.

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In Tampa, Cuban influences mix with beach
Boston Globe - August 19, 2012
Tampa’s history is tied to Cuba, mostly because of its once-booming cigar industry. The long-neglected Cuban District, Ybor City, has been revived, and at night it reverberates with revelers, locals and out-of-towners. Read more from Boston Globe.

Lipstick meets lady luck at Hamburger Mary's Drag Queen Bingo

Tampa Tribune - August 16, 2012
It's a Monday night at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille in Centro Ybor, and a tall, lithe, flame-haired siren in full-drag is nursing a martini and getting ready to host the evening's event — Drag Queen Bingo. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Amateur cooks invited to compete in festival of flavor
Tampa Tribune - August 15, 2012
So you think you make the best chicken and rice in the neighborhood? Well bring it on, say organizers of the eighth-annual Festival del Sabor at the Ybor City Saturday Market. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

If the American Won't Come to Cuba...
Here Is The City - August 13, 2012
I grew up in Tampa, Florida, which has long love affair with the Cuban Sandwich. It began in the historic district, Ybor City, where the cigar industry boomed in the late 19th century with immigrants from Spain, Italy and, of course, Cuba. Read more from Here is the City.

Booze Cruize Brunch at Gaspar’s Grotto in Ybor City
813Area.com - August 10, 2012
When it comes to weekend brunches in the Tampa Bay area, the Booze Cruize Brunch at Gaspar’s Grotto would likely sit towards the top of the list, and for good reason. Read more from 813 Area.

Ybor comes with multiple personalities, one of which, or all of which, can appeal to anyone
ABC Action News - August 11, 2012
Set in the middle of the bay area and in the middle of Tampa is a historic district that has not only stood the test of time but has adapted with time. Ybor as I see it now, comes with multiple personalities, one of which, or all of which, can appeal to anyone. Read more from ABC Action News or watch all four videos videos.

History of Tampa food debated, celebrated
Tampa Bay Times - August 12, 2012
On Saturday, a panel of historians and food aficionados gathered in Ybor City to discuss the history of food in Tampa. The contentious sandwich topped their list. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

This Florida city has aspirations
Miami Herald - August 11, 2012
On the way back into town, you’ll want to stop at historic Ybor (pronounced EE-bor) City. A century ago, Tampa had earned the nickname Cigar City because it was the center of America’s cigar manufacturing. Read more from the Miami Herald.

Cuban Sandwich Show Highlights Tampa Art Community
Seminole Heights Patch - August 10, 2012
The annual Cuban Sandwich Show is back with a month long series of art and cultural events whose sole subject is the city of Tampa. Read more from Patch.

Short List: Best don't-miss Tampa restaurants

Tampa Tribune - August 9, 2012
With about 50,000 people expected to descend on Tampa for the Republican National Convention at the end of August, you may have someone ask, "What's the one restaurant I need to visit?" Of course, plenty of smaller eateries offer local cuisine, but this list is geared more toward high-end dining experiences. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City
AAA Travel Views - August 8, 2012
In Florida, you can’t avoid stumbling across Cuban and Spanish restaurants – the cuisine is simply a part of its history and culture. Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is undoubtedly one of the finest in the state, and you shouldn’t skip any chance to dine there. Read more from AAA Travel Views blog.

Building history: RNC makes good use of historic Cuban Club
My Fox Tampa Bay - August 6, 2012
There's another place that takes us back in time to 1917, and it will soon be used as another venue for the Republican National Convention. The Cuban Club in Ybor stands firmly on the spot it was born 95 years ago, right on Avenida Republica De Cuba. Watch the video below or read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Cuban sandwich event a real slice of life
Tampa Tribune - August 3, 2012
You can sink your teeth into a Cuban sandwich — figuratively — at the "Cuban Sandwich Show: All Art. All Tampa," a month-long series of art and cultural events devoted to Tampa and its official sandwich. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City restaurant Hamburger Mary's launches 'hate-free' chicken sandwich
ABC Action News - August 3, 2012
Called the "Hate Free Southern Chicken Sandwich," it's supposed to be an option for those who disagree with Cathy's views. "Actually, it was just a light-hearted spin on the whole thing," said Melanie Todd, the manager at Hamburger Mary's. Read more from ABC Action News.

Step up to the plates at Restaurant Week

Tampa Tribune - August 2, 2012
For small, independent, recently opened eateries such as Fernandez's Carne Chophouse, the event is a chance to build a customer base. Carne is a classic steakhouse with a Latin flair, with such menu items as braised lamb shank and pork shoulder pot pie. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s diverse history, attractions offer RNC visitors plenty to do outside of the hall
Washington Post - August 2, 2012
Tampa’s former Latin quarter, Ybor City, adjacent to downtown, was for the first half of the last century the cigar manufacturing capital of the world, with more than 200 factories once lining the narrow streets. That heritage is celebrated here, and still alive in the cigar shops mixed in among the bars and restaurants in what is now a bustling entertainment district. Read more from the Washington Post.

Tampa’s time to shine
Boston Herald - August 2, 2012
A predinner walk through the historic neighborhood of Ybor City is a must. Strolling through Tampa’s Latin quarter, the aroma of cigars and coffee waft through the streets, which are pedestrian--friendly, packed with shops, pubs, restaurants and chickens. Read more from Boston Herald.

Cuban Sandwich Show Returns In August, Tampa
83degreesmedia - July 31, 2012
No creative outlet goes untouched throughout the month -- whether you prefer the art of storytelling (Chusmeria de Ybor: Fables and Tales of Our Town, Aug. 5 at King Corona Cigar Lounge in Ybor City), literature (Strange Fruit: Readings by Tampa Writers and Poets, Aug. 8 at Grownman Brand Studios), or cooking (Taste of the Cuban Sandwich, Aug. 18 at Ybor City's Cuban Club). Read more from 83 degrees.

The Short List: Where you're made in the shade
Tampa Tribune - July 27, 2012
Seventh Avenue, Ybor City — The narrow street and relatively tallish buildings can set up the right scenario for strolling at certain times of day. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Rockin' Roller Holiday World
Sunday World - July 26, 2012
The city's main entertainment hub is located in the quaint Ybor quarter, which is full of bustling bars and restaurants housed in period style buildings and serviced to the rest of the city by tram-like streetcars. Read more from Sunday World.

Free streetcar ride with market purchase
Tampa Tribune - July 25, 2012
During the month of August, make any purchase at the Ybor City Saturday Market and receive a voucher for a free streetcar ticket. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Digging into the past
Tampa Tribune - July 23, 2012
For the past few weeks, archaeologists working in conjunction with the University of South Florida have conducted a dig at the Ybor City Museum State Park. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ybor and Channelside big winners so far in RNC bookings
Tampa Bay Times - July 20, 2012
Confirmed bookings corroborate her guess: At least a dozen Ybor City restaurants, bars and clubs have been booked for official and unofficial events, some booked solid from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Taste Tour of 813: Bernini, Ybor City
813Area.com - July 19, 2012
Every once and a while the stars align and I’ll find myself chowing down on a restaurant meal so scrumptious, so enjoyable, so well-executed that I feel bad for all the years I’ve lived completely unaware of it. Read more from 813Area.com.

Remembering Ybor City Restaurant Las Novedades
Tampa Tribune - July 18, 2012
For those who don’t know, Las Novedades was located on the corner of 15th Street and Seventh Avenue in Ybor and featured a spectacular main dining room which resembled an outdoor courtyard. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Photo Slideshow: Real Food Dinner, Tampa
83 degrees - July 17, 2012
Self-proclaimed "beyond organic" farmer Joel Salatin, shares his vision for the future of food in America as The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City hosts a local farmer supported dinner in April. See the slideshow from 83 degrees.

Eugene C. Iavarone Family Selected for Ybor City Chamber’s Prestigious Gonzmart Award
Maddux News Wire - July 17, 2012
The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will present the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Award to the Eugene C. Iavarone Family at its Annual Gala to be held at the Columbia Restaurant Saturday, September 15th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Read more from Maddux News Wire.

Happy birthday, dear Tampa
Tampa Tribune - July 15, 2012
The situation would change dramatically over the next several years because of three momentous events: the discovery of phosphate in the region; the arrival of Henry Plant and his railroad and steamship lines; and the arrival of Ignacio Haya and Vicente Martinez Ybor and the founding of Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Tampa's Centro Ybor shopping complex up for sale
Tampa Bay Times - July 12, 2012
Centro Ybor, a restaurant, retail and office center in Ybor City, is for sale. Colliers International Tampa Bay announced Thursday it was launching a marketing campaign to sell the 216,315-square-foot property along Seventh Avenue.No listing price was given, and prospective buyers will compete through a bidding process. Read more from Tampa Bay Times or watch the video from 10 News below.

Tampa Fights Miami in a War for Cuban Sandwich Supremacy
The Huffington Post - July 11, 2012
While they may look the same to the casual observer and have similar ingredients, the subtle differences between Cuban sandwiches has arouse the passion of locals in Tampa and Miami. Even the origins of the Cuban sandwich are in dispute. Read more from Huffington Post.

'I Am a Cuban Sandwich' play
Bay News 9 - July 11, 2012
The smell of baking Cuban bread at La Segunda Bakery brings back sweet memories of an Ybor City upbringing for actor and writer Richard DiPietra. He and his wife Mary Ellen transformed his childhood stories into a popular one-man show playing at the American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg. Read more from Bay News 9.

Summer road trip initiative sends five bloggers across the U.S. to ‘re-discover’ Latino heritage
Latina Lista - July 9, 2012
With Latinos tracing such a long history in the nation, there are countless sites across the country important to accurately telling the role of Latinos in US history. To help “re-discover” these sites — and enlighten a whole new generation — the American Latino Heritage Road Trip launches tomorrow. Read more from Latina Lista.

Enjoy Coffee and Archaeology in the Park
10 News - July 8, 2012
The Florida Public Archeology Network and University of South Florida are teaming up for an event called Coffee & Archeology in the Park. Read more from 10 News.

Author compiles photos, stories of longtime Tampa businesses
Tampa Bay Times - July 6, 2012
In 1931, Rubel Larmon opened a furniture store in Ybor City. It's still there. In fact, his granddaughter Elizabeth Kalamaras and her husband, Jimmy, own Larmon Furniture and split their time between the original store and a second site in Town 'N Country. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Drag queen bingo caller has your number — if you're lucky
Tampa Bay Times - July 6, 2012
Lovable and hilarious are words a co-worker uses to describe Melanie Minyon, drag queen bingo caller at Hamburger Mary’s. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Tampa welcomes new U.S. citizens on Independence Day
Tampa Tribune - July 4, 2012
Rachaid Lachgar, a native of Morocco, was one of more than three dozen people who became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday, Independence Day, at the Ybor City Museum. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Sculptor's statues bring Tampa history to life
My Fox Tampa Bay - July 3, 2012
You may not know Steven Dickey, but you've probably seen his work. His sculptures are icons that have helped shape the history and culture of the Bay area. Watch the video below or read the article.

Ybor City's new James Joyce Irish Pub trades location for selection
Tampa Bay Times - June 29, 2012
What you will find is a comfortable, quality pub with a selection of beers and spirits diverse enough to keep you coming back. Read more from TampaBay.com.

'Magic Mike' film shows off plenty of Tampa Bay
Bay News 9 - June 29, 2012
Director Steven Soderbergh spent two weeks filming scenes locally. The setting bounces between Ybor City, Tampa, Tarpon Springs and Sunset Beach. Read more from Bay News 9.

Take your pick: Ybor's main road has three names
Tampa Tribune - June 28, 2012
Seventh Avenue? La Sétima? La Séptima? How about all three? Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Students' trash-to-art project aims to inspire
Tampa Tribune - June 27, 2012
Called "One Waterway One Tampa Bay," it is presented by the staff, volunteers and teenage student-artists of Community Stepping Stones, a nonprofit learning center in Sulphur Springs. It's at the Ybor Campus Art Gallery of Hillsborough Community College through Thursday, and covers one wall of the first floor gallery. Read more from the Tribune.

People praised for contributions to Ybor
Tampa Tribune - June 27, 2012
The Ybor City Museum Society recently honored people for their lasting cultural and economic impact on Ybor. Read more from TBO.com.

2 Media Companies Merge, Create Up To 5 Jobs
83 Degrees Media - June 26, 2012
Web Decorators, which was previously located in the Westchase neighborhood, has been in business since 2005 and has since relocated to the offices of Kim Francis Communication in Ybor City. Operations for the merged company, Media Fusion, will be housed at 1517 E. 7th Ave., Suite E, in Tampa. Read more from 83 degrees.

Proposed rules roil cigar industry
Tampa Tribune - June 25, 2012
"This is our heritage," Moreno said. "You're taking a national heritage if you restrict us." Moreno said he's particularly worried about rules that would limit customers' ability to pick out cigars from a humidor. Read more from the Tribune.

Tampa offers GOP conventioneers a chance to go beyond sunshiny artifice
Washington Post - June 22, 2012
Republicans, I share with you the wisdom of the hermit crab: Leave the convention hall — you have time, between Aug. 27 and 30 — and liberate yourselves in Tampa. Read more from the Washington Post.

At Spaghetti Warehouse, dinner theater troupe serves murder mysteries with your meal
Tampa Bay Times - June 22, 2012
MurderS She Wrote, Inc. performs a monthly dinner theater show at the Italian eatery, filled with all the goofy cheesiness you'd expect. Read more from the Times.

Man v. Food Truck

Creative Loafing - June 20, 2012
The Man of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food was back in Tampa last week on a national food truck tour. Red Stag by Jim Beam sponsored the tour, and four cities made the schedule: Tampa, Indianapolis, Chicago and a fourth city to be voted on by fans. Watch the video below or read more from Creative Loafing.

Restaurant returns historic Ybor City building to original use
Seminole Heights Patch - June 20, 2012
The 100-year-old building that housed Ybor City’s first Latin social club is once again the talk of the town. Proprietor Jason Fernandez recently opened Carne ChopHouse in the historic El Centro Espanol building (now part of Centro Ybor) in the heart of Ybor City. Read more from Patch.

Ybor City's Bad Monkey Bar salutes military, police, firefighters
Tampa Bay Times - June 15, 2012
Military, police and firefighters feel especially welcome at the Bad Monkey Bar. "First responders are an under-represented audience in the Ybor demographic," said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dave Scott, a tireless promoter of the historic Latin community. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Building forever written in Ybor City's history
MyFox Tampa Bay - June 11, 2012
It's stood there since the early 1900s, serving as a social hub for cigar rollers after long, hot days in the factories. But for Mancuso-Weekly, it's more than just a building. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Tampa council's compromise on Seventh Avenue signs: It's La Sétima and La Séptima
Tampa Bay Times - June 8, 2012
The Tampa City Council decided Thursday to split the difference. Sort of. Council members voted 5-2 to come up with a new resolution, this one putting up new signs along Ybor City's main strip with three names: Seventh Avenue, La Sétima and La Séptima. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor signs could be auctioned
Tampa Tribune - June 6, 2012
"La Setima," the colloquial but misspelled name of Ybor City's main street, is on the chopping block. Tampa City Council members will vote Thursday on whether to replace the signs with the correctly spelled Spanish name, "La Séptima." Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Get out and enjoy weekend events: Enjoy arts and eats at Ybor City Art Walk
Tampa Tribune - June 6, 2012
The Ybor City Art Association invites you to its monthly Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along the sidewalks of Ybor City. Tour eclectic art venues such as the recently reopened YAA Members Gallery along with Agora, Hoffman-Porges Gallery, LaFrance and many more. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Buffalo Wild Wings has eye on Ybor
Tampa Tribune - June 6, 2012
Tampa's first Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant is expected to open in a Seventh Avenue storefront late this year or in early 2013. The chain restaurant known for its chicken wings has settled on a location at 1625 E. Seventh Ave. across the street from the Bernini restaurant. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

26 Metal Bands at Scion Rock Fest in Tampa, Fla.
New York Times - June 3, 2012
The festival occupied three clubs and a theater for one night along the East Seventh Avenue strip here. It drew about 4,000 Southern metalheads, but wove itself into the raucous Saturday night atmosphere and caused little disturbance. Read more from The New York Times.

Tampa Upcycle finds news uses for old stuff
Tampa Bay Times - June 1, 2012
Abdallah repurposes all sorts of items "collecting dust or being thrown out" to sell at Tampa Upcycle, a repository for unused arts and crafts supplies that she opened in late March in the historic Roosevelt 2.0 building in Ybor City. Read more from the Times.

Tampa International Airport's food options evolve with local flavor
Tampa Bay Times - May 31, 2012
If, as Patel claims, "the airport is an extension of the community's living room," Columbia owner Richard Gonzmart is sitting in the easy chair. Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor residents protest plan for power poles
WTVT My Fox Tampa Bay - May 31, 2012
A new project isn't sitting well with many people in Ybor City.  TECO wants to install huge concrete power poles near Adamo Drive, as part of a plan to expand the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. Read more from WTVT.

Buckhorn to Miami: 'We'll take it to you any day of the week'
Bay News 9 - May 26, 2012
Good music, culture and, no doubt, Cuban sandwiches were the featured attractions to the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City Centennial Park on Saturday. Read more from Bay News 9.

The great Cuban sandwich debate
NBC Latino - May 25, 2012
First, what everyone does agree on: a Cuban sandwich is made with slices of mojo-flavored roasted pork butt, mild, smoked ham (none of the wet, boiled, processed stuff), Gouda or Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Read more from NBC Latino.

Festival helps Tampa pay homage to the classic Cuban
TBO.com - May 24, 2012
Pursuit of the ultimate Cuban sandwich inspired Padilla and Latin Times Publisher Jolie Gonzalez to create a festival glorifying the tropical delicacy in its Ybor City birthplace. Read more from TBO.com.

Ybor gallery series aims to highlight Tampa's 'hidden jewels'
TBO.com - May 23, 2012
On Saturday, Hoffman Porges Gallery in Ybor City will inaugurate a new quarterly art series called "Art in Review." It's a concept designed and curated by Moira Shriver, who says it's a way to showcase Tampa's "hidden jewels." Read more from TBO.com.

New law firm comes to Tampa
Gulf Coast Business Review - May 22, 2012
Located adjacent to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, the new office will help better serve the firm’s clients in the area, but most of its staff will provide support from its Miami headquarters, it says in a news release. Read more from the Review.

At happy hours and discount nights, $5 fare can be fantastic
Tampa Bay Times - May 20, 2012
The smoked chicken dinner at New World Brewery includes baked beans and garlic bread. Now that’s a meal deal. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Rehab Guavaween to bring back charm of Ybor
Tampa Bay Times - May 19, 2012
Under a plan headed to the Tampa City Council, the entry fees and the outdoor wet zone would go — and along with them, the fences. The event would still host live music across Ybor at about half a dozen venues, where tickets would go for $20. But otherwise the event would be free. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Hungry for Tampa
TBO.com - May 20, 2012
You're in luck, J.M. In our archive we have the recipe for making Cuban bread according to Anthony More Jr., longtime baker at La Segunda Bakery. We also have the Seabreeze devil crab recipe from the restaurant's cookbook. Get the recipes from TBO.com.

Carne Chophouse is affordable, stylish
Tampa Bay Times - May 16, 2012
Steaks and chops take center stage, supported by nostalgia-inducing classics like garlicky escargots and trout almondine. But it's affordable (according to him, steaks are within a couple bucks of mid-priced chains like Longhorn), with a few nods to Ybor's past (a little chimichurri, some sofrito potatoes). Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Discover Florida's tropical west coast
The Daily Mirror - May 18, 2012
It’s now a trendy district with great shops – including an ­incredible vintage clothing store called La France – as well as cafes, bars and restaurants and a thriving gay scene. There’s a little museum which tells the cigar rollers’ story and a cigar festival every ­November celebrates the quarter’s colourful ­heritage. Read more from the Mirror Online.

Land set aside in Ybor for Al Lopez Baseball Museum
TBO.com - May 17, 2012
A land transfer approved Wednesday by Hillsborough County commissioners paves the way for a baseball museum named after Tampa native and baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez. Read more from TBO.com.

Ybor City's Seventh Avenue — La Séptima — will always be La Sétima for one Ybor historian
Tampa Bay Times - May 16, 2012
During last week's Tampa City Council debate over the authentic and appropriate Spanish spelling for Seventh Avenue, one voice was conspicuously missing. Not a word was heard from Frank Lastra, the historian and Ybor City native who pushed the council to add the controversial "La Sétima" to Seventh Avenue street signs 16 years ago. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

HCC galleries open strikingly varied exhibits
Tampa Tribune - May 16, 2012
At the Ybor Art Gallery, local and international artist Theo Wujcik will exhibit recent works through June 10 in a show called "No U Turn." The show explores ways in which the famous artist continues to interpret the culture in which he lives. Read more from the Tribune.

Photos: WMNF Tropical Heatwave 2012
Nicole Kibert - May 13, 2012
Freelance photographer Nicole Kibert (aka elawgrrl) captures the excitement and energy of the 2012 Tropical Heatwave in Ybor City. View the photo slideshow.

Tampa woman thankful for Mother's Day home makeover
My Fox Tampa Bay - May 13, 2012
Her Tampa home was in dire need of repairs. This weekend a group of volunteers from Relevant Church in Ybor City got together to fix it up. Learn more from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Perfect Florida getaways
City & Shore Magazine - May 11, 2012
Nearby, you’ll want to visit Ybor City, founded by Cuban cigar manufacturers in the 1880s, which maintains much of its cultural clout more than a century later. Read more from City & Shore.

Ybor City: La Septima prevails over La Setima
10 News - May 10, 2012
Is it La Setima or La Septima? That's the question the Tampa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) debated this morning. The CRA is made up of Tampa city council members. The debate boiled down to history, grammar and the letter 'P'. Read more from 10 News.

In Ybor City, the mother of all bartenders goes by Mama
Tampa Bay Times - April 10, 2012
Her kids call her Mom. Everyone else calls her Mama. Only a few know her actual name: Carol Steen. Say it and she might not respond right away. Sometimes even she forgets she has a real name. But that's Mama, the mother of all Ybor bartenders who watches out for her customers — and scolds them if they misbehave. Read more from the Times.

Andrea Gonzmart is Ybor chamber chairwoman
TBO.com - May 8, 2012
Richard Gonzmart was 2 when his father took the reins as chairman of the Ybor Chamber of Commerce. His daughter Andrea was 2 when Gonzmarttook the reins. On Tuesday, it was Andrea Gonzmart's turn. Read more from TBO.com.

Church of Scientology renovates old cigar factory, holds pieces of Tampa's history
My Fox Tampa Bay - May 7, 2012
On the corner of 8th Avenue and 13th Street, it stands as a symbol of Tampa's past – holding 116 years of history between its red-brick walls -- and sign of its future. Years ago, it stood as the Tampa Bay area's only brick cigar factory. View the slide show at My Fox Tampa Bay.

Sacrilegious Lunch? The Cuban Sandwich Debate
National Public Radio - May 6, 2012
Philadelphia has its cheesesteak sandwich, Buffalo its wing. Now, Tampa has officially claimed the Cuban sandwich. The Tampa, Florida city council last month passed a resolution designating the Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich and specifying its ingredients. Listen to the audio or read the transcript from NPR.

On your radar: Tropical Heatwave makes its annual appearance, and check out Lady Antebellum or the Gipsy Kings
Tampa Bay Times - May 7, 2012
This year's WMNF-88.5 extravaganza features more than 70 artists on a whopping 13 stages around Ybor City on Saturday. Read more from the Times.

Got $5? Here are 20 fun ways to spend it in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times - May 3, 2012
They say $5 doesn't go as far today as it did 50 years ago. Or even a decade ago. But we're a glass-is-half-full kind of newspaper. We maintain that if you know where to look, you can still find plenty of fun things to do each week for as little as $5. Read more from the Times.

Ybor City Historic District merchants fight graffiti artists
ABC Action News - April 30, 2012
Even though much of the graffiti is in the alleys behind businesses on 7th Ave, it's a black-eye on the entire Ybor Historic District.  And merchants have taken notice. Read more from ABC Action News.

Mural on edge of Ybor City to spruce up gritty stretch of Adamo Drive
Tampa Bay Times - April 26, 2012
An ambitious project is under way to paint a massive mural on the side of a steel fabrication plant. Once completed this summer, the 12,600-square-foot artwork promises to be the largest public mural in Florida and depict the heritage and culture of Ybor, said the artist, Michael Parker. Read more from the Times.

The Cuban Sandwich Crisis has a winner: Tampa
National Public Radio - April 25, 2012
After an admirable effort by the upstart Miami Cuban community, the people have chosen Tampa as the true home of the Cuban sandwich. More than 7,200 people voted here at The Salt, and the results speak for themselves: 57 percent chose Tampa, 43 percent went for Miami as the first city of the Cuban sandwich. Read more from NPR.

Plans move ahead for public library expansion
Tampa Tribune - April 25, 2012
Construction on the two-story replacement library, at a maximum 30,000 square feet, is set to begin in 2013 with an opening in late 2014. Read more from the Tribune.

Some of the sandwiches in question, getting a press on the grill
National Public Radio - ‎Apr 21, 2012‎
Now, most food historians agree the sandwich was invented in Tampa's Ybor City, but that's not the end of our story. On Thursday, the Tampa City Council officially renamed the Cuban sandwich the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich. Read more from NPR.

Then & Now: Ybor Square stemmery, 1978 and 2012
Tbo.com - April 18, 2012
Built in 1886, the three-building complex at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 13th Street was Ybor City's first cigar factory. Read more from TBO.com.

Work Begins On Adamo Drive Mural Project, Ybor City
83 degrees - April 17, 2012
With expected completion quickly approaching, prep work and design input has begun on the Adamo Drive Mural Project in Ybor City. Read more from 83 degrees.

Visit to great Ybor City inspires visions of old dark deeds among the 'Goodfellas'
Orlando Sentinel - April 14, 2012
Of course, all this was a long time ago. Ybor's streets now reverberate with history by day and legal party times by night. Read more from Orlando Sentinel.

Ybor City artists see Arts and Eats combining two of district's passions
Tampa Bay Times - April 13, 2012
Every second Saturday beginning in May, partnering Ybor restaurants will have menu specials as well as local art hanging on their walls. After dinner, customers will receive a map on a handbill that encourages them to stop by some of the galleries (there are at least six) and about 20 art-related shops within the square-mile district. Read more from the Times.

Tax revenue could help improve facades of Ybor buildings
Tampa Tribune - April 10, 2012
The Ritz Ybor, The Castle and three other Ybor City businesses soon might receive thousands of dollars for improvements to their facades. The money was generated by a special tax district within Ybor City. Read more from the Tribune.

Centro Ybor owner joins the bidders vying for Channelside
Tampa Bay Times - April 9, 2012
Chicago-based M&J Wilkow Ltd., a firm that owns and operates Centro Ybor, has submitted a bid to buy the retail and entertainment complex in the Channel District of Tampa. The firm has paired with two other investors. Read more from the Times.

Ybor City renaissance: Rediscover its history, cultures and funkiness
Tampa Tribune - April 8, 2012
I have no hesitation saying that Ybor is as safe as any other neighborhood in Tampa and actually safer than most urban communities in the United States. Read more from the Tribune.

College Hunks is relocating to Ybor City
Tampa Bay Times - April 5, 2012
The recently acquired facility next to Centro Ybor will house corporate staff and employees of College Hunks' Tampa branch, nearly 50 people altogether. It also will become a training center for the company's 40 franchises and 350 employees around the country. Read more from the Times.

Dozens participate in run for slain student
Tampa Tribune - April 8, 2012
Walkers set out on the 2-mile course through Ybor City streets on Saturday as part of the Ryan's Run event, which raises scholarship money in honor of Ryan McCall. Read more from the Tribune.

Frozen Four: Tampa Bowls Us Over
Inside College Hockey - April 8, 2012
So why not make Tampa the permanent Frozen Four host? Hotel rooms are plentiful and reasonably priced. Most airports across the country offer affordable flights to either Tampa or Orlando, which is a little more than an hour’s drive from here. There’s plenty to do around here—museums, theme parks, the beach. Read more from Inside College Hockey.

Traveller's Guide: Florida's Gulf Coast
The Independent - April 6, 2012
Make sure you visit La Tropicana Café (813 247 4040) on East Seventh Avenue or La Segunda Bakery on 15th Street (813 248 1531; lasegundabakery.com) and try the local delicacy: a guava pastry accompanied by Cuban coffee. Read more from The Independent.

Ironic Inspiration for Gulf Coast Vacation: BP Ads
Associated Press - April 6, 2012
In nearby Tampa's Ybor City, the historic if slightly rundown district known for cigar manufacturing and Spanish-Cuban heritage, we stayed at the 1895 Don Vicente Inn, beautifully restored but with modern amenities (comfy beds and Wi-Fi). Read more at ABC News.

Festa Italiana a special Sunday
The Examiner- April 3, 2012
The Italian Club of Tampa celebrated its successful 15th Festa Italiana this past Sunday at Centennial Park in Ybor City. Read more from the Examiner.

Everything old is new again at Tampa Upcycle
Tampa Tribune - April 3, 2012
It's a hub where artists, designers and craftspeople can get materials to turn into something exciting and new. Read more from the Tribune.

High-energy music and art create community vibe
Bay News 9 - April 4, 2012
The high-energy, young vibe of rapper Jarrell and artist Travis Set mean good things for the area's autistic children and homeless population. The men call Ybor City home. Read more from Bay News 9.

A new church social: Faith leaders use technology to connect
Tampa Tribune - April 1, 2012
These days, the founder and lead pastor of the nondenominational Relevant Church in Ybor City is never without his trio of high-tech toys: a Mac laptop, an iPad and an iPhone. He is accustomed to the constant chirping of incoming tweets and text alerts. Read more from the Tampa Tribune or watch the video below.

Program matches local artists with venues
Tampa Tribune - March 28, 2012
Their art came to be on the walls through Pat Sanchez, owner of "Everything Eclectic," an organization that serves as a liaison between local artists, local businesses and local nonprofits. The Ybor Art Association is one of their participants. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Crowning glory awaits the Cuban
Tampa Tribune - March 23, 2012
City council members explored their options for naming an official sandwich at the urging of the city's Citizens Advisory Committee on Cultural Assets. Read more from the Tribune.

Tampa hosts convention for sexy pin-up culture
Palm Beach Post - March 21, 2012
Kelly Ackley, a 30-something mom of three, is wearing a black bustier, pink taffeta tutu and pink, kitten-heel boots. She's straddling a small rocking horse and with a saucy glance over her right shoulder, giggles as her is photo is snapped.  Read more from the Post.

Clearwater firm buys old V.M. Ybor grocery
Tampa Tribune
- March 20, 2012
A boarded-up Columbus Drive grocery store that opened when cigar factories flourished in Ybor City soon will get a face-lift and a new tenant. Read more from the Tribune.

Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em
Windsor Star - March 17, 2012
Leaving the rust belt cities of the American mid-west behind and heading for the sunny gulf coast of Florida it was hard to imagine I would stumble upon the remains of a once glorious manufacturing heritage. Read more from the Windsor Star.

Ybor merchants, Chamber come together (sort of) on un-fencing Guavaween
Creative Loafing - March 15, 2012
It's looking like there will not be a fence surrounding the Ybor City entertainment district at this year's Guavaween celebration. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Under Bob Buckhorn, Tampa continues legacy of embracing equality
Watermark Online - March 14, 2012
"...We want to tell the story about Tampa, the story of diversity, Ybor’s history and the stories of east and west Tampa. It’s not just downtown, it’s the great paella that is this city.” Read more from Watermark.

Memories of Ybor City in Tampa
Birmingham Weekly - March 10, 2012
One of the very special treats was going by Ybor City, a Cuban district in part of Tampa. There was an all night window at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. No matter what time we arrived we could always pick up Cuban sandwiches. Read more from Birmingham Weekly.

Ybor newcomer works out kinks
Tampa Bay Business Journal - March 9, 2012
In certain neighborhoods in Tampa Bay, medical offices are common. Although its restaurants and entertainment venues are numerous, Ybor City’s medical offices are less abundant. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

James Joyce Irish Pub reopening
Tampa Bay Times - March 9, 2012
Just in time for leprechauns, James Joyce Irish Pub opens Monday in the former Eighth Avenue location of Mema's Alaskan Tacos. Read more from the Times.

Riverwalk monuments will honor Tampa greats
Tampa Tribune - March 7, 2012
"It's a great honor for me, as a living relative, to see him being recognized," said Rafael Martinez-Ybor, 83, of Temple Terrace. "All these people, including my great-grandfather, did so much. … They helped make Tampa the metropolis it is today." Read more from the Tribune.

Pinup and burlesque is hot in Ybor
My Fox Tampa Bay - March 7, 2012
An old brick building in Ybor City holds a kind of time bridge from the 1950s to today. It's called American Pinup, a photography studio and magazine bringing back old-school sex appeal. Read more from My Fox Tampa Bay or watch the video.

Yankees share laughs on team-building day
New York Post - March 1, 2012
Yankees players and coaches on Thursday participated in improvisational skits and activities at Tampa Improv in Ybor City as part of the annual team outing. Read more from the Post.

Ybor City's community cop is winning over hearts and minds

ABC Action News- February 29, 2012
Though he's only been on the Ybor City beat for two years, officer Sean Mahabir seems to know everyone. Business owners in particular beam when the district's community police officer strolls by. "They just call me Officer Sean" laughs Mahabir. Read more from ABC Action News or watch the video below.

After renovations, historic building reopens in Ybor City
My Fox Tampa Bay- February 29, 2012
"It's our history." Those were the words of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on Tuesday as he stood inside a newly renovated building in Ybor City – another revamped piece of history in the area. Read more from Fox Tampa Bay.

Artists offer differing takes on life's journey
Tampa Tribune - February 29, 2012
It's always fascinating to see how two very different artists interpret a shared theme. That's why I'm eager to see the new exhibit opening Thursday at the Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus Art Gallery. Read more from the Tribune.

Festival Day honors Ybor City's roots
TBO.com - February 25, 2012
The family-oriented street festival offered food, dancing and music. Visitors sampled native cuisine and traditional dances. Read more from TBO.com or watch the video below from WFLA NewsChannel 8.

Ybor civic leader, baseball and cigar legend Marcelo Maseda dies
TBO.com - February 25, 2012
A two-time honorary mayor of Ybor City and a local legend in baseball and cigars, Marcelo Maseda died early Saturday. Read more from the Tribune.

Annual James Beard Resturant award nominees include three from Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times- February 22, 2012
Nominated by local food writers and a national panel of James Beard Foundation judges, this year's Tampa Bay nominees are Richard Gonzmart, owner of the Columbia, in the outstanding restaurateur category, and Refinery co-owner and chef Greg Baker and SideBern's executive chef Chad Johnson, both in the regional category of Best Chef South. Read more from the Times.

Historic Ybor Macaroni Factory Preserved

Tampa Tribune- February 21, 2012
The Ferlita Macaroni Factory building, once destined for demolition, is better than saved. It's restored. Read more from the Tribune.

Photos: Church of Scientology renovates historic building
MyFox Tampa Bay (WTVT) - February 20, 2012
Tampa's first cigar factory, built in 1886 and located at Ybor Square, now is home to the Church of Scientology. See the photo tour from My Fox Tampa Bay.

Ybor Knight Parade draws thousands
WTSP 10 News - February 19, 2012
Thousands of people packed Ybor City Saturday night to watch the annual Knights of Sant' Yago's Knight Parade. Read more from 10 News or watch the video.

Adamo Dr. Mural Project to cover 10000 sq. ft. wall in Ybor City
Bay News 9 - February 18, 2012
Art students at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus are taking their skills out of the classroom and onto the streets as they prepare to make one of the largest murals in the state of Florida. Read more from Bay News 9.

Foster Children Get Makeovers before heart gallery photo shoot
Tampa Bay Times - February 15, 2012
The new hairdos, nails and makeup came just before their afternoon photo shoot for the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay, a traveling exhibit of foster children who need permanent homes. Read more from the Times or watch the video below.

Mural to highlight Ybor City, Tampa
Tampa Tribune - February 13, 2012
As the first step of a project to add art to an industrial stretch of south Ybor City, a local artist and 14 of his students will paint a 35-by-360-foot mural on an Adamo Drive building. Read more from the Tribune.

Ybor City microbrewery reaches bay area milestone: craft beer in cans
Tampa BayTimes - February 13, 2012
Coming to a store near you, Tampa Bay Brewing Company's flagship Old Elephant IPA will be sold $10 for a four pack of 16 ounce cans. It's a fancy, local beer in a convenient and accessible package. Read more from the Times.

Spotlight stokes hunger of fans of local diners
Tampa Tribune - February 12, 2012
Destination dining brought a group of 11 from Salt Lake City to Vicky Doble's Tampa Bay Brewing Co. in Ybor City earlier this year. Read more from the Tribune.

Top citizen award goes to Ybor City stalwart
Tampa Tribune - February 10, 2012
Richard Gonzmart, president of the Columbia Restaurant chain, was named Tampa Metro Civitan Club Citizen of the Year on Thursday at the Governor's Day Luncheon at the Florida State Fair. Read more from the Tribune.

Tampa Bay craft brewers plan beer week in March
Tampa Bay Times - February 10, 2012
The week kicks off March 3 with the annual Florida Brewers Guild Beer Fest at Centro Ybor — it has sold out in advance the past three years — and ends March 10 with Cigar City's third annual Hunahpu's Day. Read more from the Times.

'It just screams to be a bank'
Tampa Tribune - February 8, 2012
On April 19, US Ameribank plans to hold a grand opening for the first community bank in Ybor City since the former Columbia Bank closed more than a dozen years ago. Read more from the Tribune.

Tampa restaurants waiting for nibbles from Republican National Convention
Tampa Bay Times - February 4, 2012
Fernandez has signed a contract to host a media organization for convention week, Aug. 26-30, in his as-of-yet-unopened Carne Chophouse in Ybor City. Read more from the Times.

ELEMENT Engineering Group Expands, Relocates in Historic Ybor City
Seminole Heights Patch - February 2, 2012
ELEMENT Engineering Group, LLC, a civil engineering firm, has outgrown its initial Ybor City office and has moved four blocks to larger office space within the historic district.  Read more from Patch.

Columbia Restaurant's Flan
Orlando Sentinel - February 2, 2012
In a regular column, 'Thought You'd Never Ask,' Orlando Sentinel food editor Heather McPherson shares restaurant recipes. See the Columbia's flan recipe.

Tampa façade programs helps businesses renovate
Tampa Tribune - January 31, 2012
The first facade grant went to Eric Schiller, owner of Gaspar's Grotto. He remodeled and expanded his restaurant, creating a patio dining area and a kitchen façade that mirrors Ybor's traditional casita-style housing. Read more from the Tribune.

Ybor City officer becomes part of community
Tampa Tribune - January 30, 2012
He joined Tampa police a few years ago and is now the community police officer for Ybor City, the city's historic and entertainment district. He was recently named the police department's 2011 Community Officer of the Year. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Columbia Restaurant group chosen for Water Works project
Tampa Tribune - January 26, 2012
"This site is off Seventh Avenue, the Columbia is on Seventh Avenue, and my grandfather's home was on Seventh Avenue between the two," Gonzmart said. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

2012 Fiesta Day in Ybor City - Latin Music, Food, Entertainment
813Area.com - January 25, 2012
Head out to the 65th Annual Fiesta Day in Ybor City for a day full of Latin-inspired food, fun, and more. Going down on Saturday, February 25 in Ybor City. Read more from 813Area.com.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company shares favorite football food ideas
ABC Action News - January 22, 2012
Ryan Kelly, Tampa Bay Brewing Company's General Manager, joined ABC Action News in studio to share some suggestions for Super Bowl party food ideas. Watch the video to see their ideas.

Concierges savor the Ybor experience
Tampa Bay Times - January 22, 2012
It's a chance for Ybor City restaurants, bars and attractions to show what they have to offer to a group of people who can send paying customers their way. And the concierges get acquainted with the people who can make things happen for a guest. Read more from the Times.

The top 50 restaurants in the Tampa Bay area
Tampa Bay Times - January 19, 2012
The Laughing Cat, Bernini of Ybor and The Columbia Restaurant make the Tampa Bay Times' food editor's list of top 50 restaurants. See the list at TampaBay.com.

Ybor businesses band together to collect Cigars For Soldiers
WTSP 10 News - ‎January 18, 2012‎
Last year, they collected 2,000 cigars. This year, they collected even more with a dozen stores and manufacturers participating. Read more from 10 News.

Stone Soup Company, Tampa, FL
Visit Tampa - January 16, 2012
Tampa's Soupman taps local ingredients, local talent to create restaurant & catering business and contribute community service. Read more from Visit Tampa.

Paws-itively delightful Pirate Dog Contest
Examiner.com - January 15, 2012
On Saturday January 14, the Krewe of Alegria teamed up with Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) to host the Cutest Pirate Dog Contest at Gaspars Grotto in Ybor City and the event was a barking success! Read more from Examiner and see the photo slideshow.

Ybor City, Florida Revisited
Jade Gryphon's Tavern - January 13, 2012
Today I visited Ybor City for the second time in a week. It is a colorful section of Tampa, rich in cultural heritage. Read more from Jade Gryphon's Tavern.

Art, Anywhere
Tampabay.com - January 12, 2012
More and more restaurant, bar and coffee house owners are hosting painters, photographers and sculptors, offering the stark walls of their facilities as a commission-free gallery. Ybor City's Tre Amici and The Bricks of Ybor are highlighted by Tampa Bay Times.

Two exhibits make splash as 2012 begins
TBO.com - January 11, 2012
Hillsborough Community College ushers in the new year with separate exhibits at its two campus art galleries. The Ybor Campus Art Gallery is showcasing the works of Ybor native Gil DeMeza in an exhibit called "Notes of Interest." Read more from TBO.com.

Image of Virgin Mary appears at hamburger restaurant
WTSP 10 News - ‎January 10, 2012‎
An Ybor City restaurant's name has taken on a new meaning after some say the image of the Virgin Mary appeared on one of its walls. Read more from 10 News.

Investing in history and jobs
Tampa Tribune - January 8, 2012
The goal here is more ambitious than repairing aging structures. Commissioners are going to create jobs by building "heritage tourism" in Hillsborough. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Flavors of Tampa Bay: El Puerto Restaurant and Grill
WTSP 10 News - January 5, 2012
El Puerto Grill is owned by a Peruvian and an Argentinean, Yanko Maceda and Nelson Umana, who both create delicious dishes from their homeland. Read the article from 10 News or watch the video.

Guinness World Records Rivalries and the Longest Cigar in the World
Huffington Post - January 5, 2012
Would anyone be interested in traveling down to Ybor City, Tampa Bay, Florida to judge an attempt on the longest cigar record? Read more from the Huffington Post.

West appointed to historical advisory board
Watermark Online - January 4, 2012
In December, GaYbor District Coalition president and MC Film Fest co-owner Carrie West was named to the Hillsborough Historical Advisory Board by Ken Hagan, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners. Read more from Watermark.

MSU band and cheerleaders highlight Ybor City parade
WILX-TV- January 1, 2012
The Michigan State University marching band and cheerleaders were the grand finale of the Ybor City New Year's Eve Parade in Florida Saturday night. See more from WILX or watch the video.

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