Nephew of the Week: Michael Greenberg
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Michael now calls Tampa his home. He is the executive chef at the Hamburger Mary’s in GaYBOR. His excellence can be found every day, but especially in the Sunday brunch buffet. When he’s not at Mary’s, Michael is busy working with the MS Society’s Tampa Walk. He has a big BINGO night planned for March 11. Hope to see you all there.
You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up!
Mark’s grandfather was quite the inventor. His favorite restaurant/cocktail lounge was in St. Paul. Everything in the place was white…the bar, tablecloths, china, chairs, chandeliers, lattice work, even the grand piano was white. In the 1950s, small pen light flashlights were new and popular. With this flashlight, he designed a lamp post for the bar top. Then there was a clip on the side. When you attached this to your drink, the light would come on. This way the bartender would know that you were ready for a new drink! A much more civilized way to order a drink, he would say! People came from everywhere to order a drink with this flashlight lamp post. LOL
Tampa Pride Update
The Tampa Pride Parade is limited to 100 entries and the Street Festival is limited to 100 vendors. The spaces are quickly filling up. Go online and reserve your space today.
City Side’s Got Pride!
On a festive Saturday night, City Side raised $2,500 for Tampa Pride! Congratulations and many thank yous to the staff, management and entertainers!
New Late Night Spot
The Row Boat Restaurant located on 8th Avenue and 15th Street in Ybor City has just opened a new express location. It is located across the street, behind Liquid Lounge. The Gyro Express with be open through bar closing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We will see you all there soon.
New Tampa Bay Pride Band
The first rehearsal will be on Monday, February 2. The band will be meeting at The Honey Pot. Interested parties are asked to contact TampaBayPrideBand1@gmail.com so they can plan for music, chairs, etc. See them in the Tampa Pride Parade!
Another Sad Day in Ybor
Once again a boring office has opened on the ground floor in Ybor City. They even did away with the historic doors. This space was once an art gallery and most recently the R Bar. When will people realize that the public is NOT coming to Ybor City to look into office spaces! Who remembers the restaurants and shops in the Harbour Island Mall? Today they are mostly office spaces. When was the last time you visited The Harbour Island Mall? Just say no!
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will find Tea Cup on the balcony at Hamburger Mary’s in GaYBOR. On SUNday FUNdays, he serves a famous drink called a Shazam. When DJ Nick is in the house, the parties get WILD.
Tampa Bay GLBT Chamber Diamond Awards
It’s the beginning of a new tradition. The Tampa Bay GLBT Chamber of Commerce started a new annual event with the “Diamond Awards.” The awards recognize community leaders, businesses, and organizations which have achieved outstanding merit in the GLBT community.
The Outstanding Community Individual was Steve Blanchard, editor of Watermark. Watermark won the Diamond Award Community Business Award. For Outstanding Community Leader, the winner was St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. The event at the Holiday Inn Clearwater was very successful.