We’ve been monitoring local news and entertainment sites for restaurant openings and closings, and we’re happy to say that we have some fun news to share about new places opening in the near future or a little later this year. Here’s a short roundup:

  • Here’s a list of six new restaurant concepts opening in the area this summer.
  • A new omokase sushi restaurant plans to open in St. Pete by the end of the summer. In case you’re wondering, this means the sushi chef gets to decide what you eat.
  • Look for the Maple Street Biscuit Co. to open later this year where the old Local 662 was on Central in downtown St. Pete. Bring on the Southernness! [Note: That’s just a few short blocks from Vela!]
  • Foodie fave Ox and Fields in Tampa has a new menu, a new chef and a shorter name — simply the Ox.