ICYMI – A Bite-Sized Roundup of Tampa Bay Happenings

Been busy? Grab a coffee and have a quick scan through our bite-sized round-up of happenings near our hubs in Tampa Bay.

HART is going high tech with new vehicles joining its bus fleet at the start of the new year. A two-year pilot program will introduce two driverless buses to the streets of downtown Tampa. The autonomous vehicles (AVs) will look like miniature buses. They will seat 12 people at a time, and they will not run on tracks, like the city’s trolley system. More here.

Four new restaurants opened in Tampa Bay last month. Have you tried any of them yet?

Tampa Theatre will close for six weeks on November 6 for its first major restoration in 40 years, which will see the theatre taken back to its original 1926 look. To celebrate the milestone, you can attend a free screening of Back to the Future at 7:30pm on November 5. More here.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, almost. From November 17 to January 5, Curtis Hixon Park will be transformed into a Winter Village. After taking a twirl around the ice rink, you’ll be able to enjoy seasonally inspired onsite treats from the Mise en Place cafe, the Kahwa coffee bar, and Whatever Pops. Fifteen pop-up POD stores will showcase local makers throughout the holiday season, too, with exhibitors including Dark Cycle Clothing, The Modern Paws and A Gift to Africa.

On the subject of all things festive, tickets for the 7th Annual Winter Wonder Ride with onbikes, a bike ride that funds the purchase bicycles and helmets for at-risk kids, have gone on sale. Registration for the Bike Build is also open. More here.

The Warehouse Arts District new ArtsExchange building, offering 2,500 square feet of gallery, education and event space, is now open. More here.

Cassis revealed its new waterfront lounge area of Beach Drive last month. The patio previously featured covered tables and chairs, but now boasts a free-standing lounge area with cabanas and high tops. Perfect for people-watching while enjoying the carefully crafted cocktail menu.

NUMEX opened quietly in the Grand Central District last month at 2710 Central Ave, a minute or two away from our hub. Its twist on traditional New Mexican cuisine retains the authentic flavors of the Hatch chile peppers, while adding a unique combination of unexpected flavors to each dish. NUMEX aims to capture New Mexico’s rich culinary culture and vibrant street food scene.

Try Wine has also opened a new location at 1 Beach Drive SE bringing its self-serve wine bar featuring 88 wines on tap and over 600 hand-curated wines in-store to the waterfront.

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