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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

The Stew

A food blog by Jeff Houck

The Tampa Tribune's food writer since 2005, Jeff Houck covers the way people live through their food. He also hosts the Table Conversations food podcast and believes that everything crunchy is good.

Restaurants have fallen hard for soft openings

Published:   |   Updated: June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Jeff Houck

“Soft opening. Grand opening. When they opened The Flamingo, one day it was closed, the next it was open. End of story. I know, I was there.”

— Saul Bloom, “Oceans Thirteen”

Curtis Beebe held a preview two weeks ago for his new Local Public House & Provisions restaurant and pub a block away from the towering white water tank in San Antonio.

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The Stew: Fill your belly with summer’s best eats

By Jeff Houck

Today is the first day of June. Which means, of course, that summer has been here for about six months.

OK, that’s an exaggeration. But because our weather more or less feels like summer year-round, we have to make an extra effort to ensure that June, July and August feel a little more special.

And by special, I mean eating and drinking great summer food.

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