Nephew of the Week: Christopher Trevena

One thing is for sure about Chris…he has the wildest hair in Ybor and the biggest smile! Stop by Hamburger Mary’s and meet him today.

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Lost Cell Phone at “G”Bar

It’s common for people to leave cell phones at clubs for one reason or another. When a phone is found the next day at a bar, the staff tries to find the owner. If the phone is not locked, they call the last number called from the phone and ask if they know who the phone number belongs to, and to please call them, they have the phone.

One Sunday morning, Robert of Florida Entertainment Group found a phone at GBar. He proceeded to call the last number and a sweet very elderly woman answered the phone, whispery. She said yes, she knew who the person was who had this number. It was her lovely granddaughter visiting her from up north. Robert said that the phone was found on the sidewalk in front of GBar and she could come and pick it up.

Then the grandmother asked, “What does the ‘G’ stand for?” Robert quickly thought, “I can’t tell her gay,” so he said, “God.”

The grandmother said, “That is definitely a place my granddaughter would go to.”

LOL LOL, you just can not make this up.

Sugar Benefit for Ybor Holiday Spirit

The doors opened for the Sugar party at The Honey Pot on Sunday. The red floor-to-ceiling curtains were draped to conceal the biggest dessert party benefit in Tampa! Once unveiled, people saw that 30 restaurants donated their desserts and helped make the charity night a huge success.

“The cost to hold the December event, Ybor City Holiday Spirit, is getting more expensive,” said Mathieu Stanoch, promoter of the huge Ybor City Christmas community event.

“We now have the addition of six high school bands that want to participate in the 7th Avenue parade. We need more money and sponsorships to make this all happen. So smaller-venue benefits are being held for the Holiday Spirit events.” This is the fourth year for the Ybor City Holiday Spirit events, but the seventh year for holiday decorating in Ybor City. GaYBOR members, local residents and the YCDC come together to decorate 7th Avenue, Centennial Park and 15th, 16th and 17th Streets. It is now a community holiday destination with the snow falling on 7th Avenue during the night parade. Last year over 40,000 families drove to Ybor to experience the snow parade.

The Sugar party had plenty of assorted desserts, puddings, cookies and specialty drinks to sample along with a full line-up of great entertainment for the attendees.

A very special call out to Florida Entertainment Group, D. Stephen Moss, Steve Donahue and staff for supporting new, innovative, artsy ideas in our historic Ybor City.

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza’s Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza and Italian Restaurant, located on the corner of 8th Avenue and 17th Street had its grand opening celebration in Ybor City. The ribbon-cutting ceremony had family members attending from New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Florida alongside special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Sharing the ribbon-cutting merriment with brothers Lenny, Marco and Joe Cristino was their gracious mother, Caterina, from New York City. City officials included Tampa’s Economic and Urban Development Administrator, Bob McDonaugh, and Vince Pardo, YCDC manager.

dish_lastThe Ybor City business leaders and area invitees experienced some of the best Italian food Tampa has to offer. On the sampling tables were chicken parmesan, cheese ravioli, meatballs, 24 delectable varieties of gelato and of course a lot of varieties of the specialty: coal oven pizza! Rosanna Spallino sang festive Italian songs to the grand opening crowd. Soon she had the crowd dancing throughout the courtyard.

Open daily for lunch and dinner with a full liquor bar…and don’t forget to try their famous homemade gelato! It’s a real treat.