Tampa Today News: Pepper Lunch Teppanyaki + Ten Rooms Ybor
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Today’s weather: High 74 and low 62. Partly cloudy skies.
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Top news today in Tampa:
New school report suggests education struggling in Hillsborough County: Hillsborough County Public Schools has a number of institutions being rated "D" and "F" by the state of Florida, according to a new report released by the state. Nearly 200,000 students cannot pass English and mathematics. Hillsborough County had 23 “D” schools and four “F” schools in 2023. (tampabay.com)
Popular Japanese teppanyaki chain coming to Tampa: Popular Japanese fast-casual teppanyaki chain, Pepper Lunch, is planning to come to Tampa. The Tampa locations is part of a broader expansion into Florida for the chain which started in 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. Menu items include Beef Pepper Rice, Kimchi Beef Pepper Rice, Beef Teriyaki, Hamburg Teriyaki, Ribeye Steak and Salmon Pepper...too name a few. No opening location is available at this time. (cltampa.com, pepperlunchrestaurants.com)
Treasure Island Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Re-Scheduled: The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Treasure Island in Pinellas County is being pushed back due to weather and will now happen on Friday, Dec. 22. Guests can enjoy complete experience on that day including a DJ, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, interactive entertainers, and food and beverage concessions at Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis. (wtsp.com)
Ybor teenage shooting murder suspect denied bond: A judge has denied bond to a 14-year-old facing murder charges in an Ybor City Halloween shooting. Prosecutors said the accused is a member of No Hesitation Committee (NHC) which fought during Halloween weekend with members of the group, Kill 4 Kamari (K4K). Police believe more suspects are out there. (wfla.com)
New food and entertainment destination coming to Ybor: Ten Rooms is a new food and entertainment destination coming soon to Centro Ybor at 1536 E 7th Ave. An opening date is tentatively planned for Thursday, Dec. 28. One owner in the concept is Ro Patel, who is leading the dining room, accompanying a cafe and shopping concepts. (thatsotampa.com)
Top events today in Tampa:
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. (all day)
Wine Down Happy Hour at Italian Club of Tampa. (5 p.m.)
Sax N' Beats at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood - Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. (6 p.m.)
Tampa Bay Festival of Lights at Greater Hillsborough County Fair. (6 p.m.)
Stephen Sanchez at The Orpheum. (7 p.m.)
Film of the Year: Godzilla Minus One
Last night I saw Godzilla Minus One. I was an excellent film and today is the last day you can catch it in theaters. I highly recommend it. It was my favorite film of 2023. The acting and drama were great, as were the action scenes of Godzilla in historic Tokyo. Fully recommend seeing it if you have the time in theaters! I watched it at the AMC Riverview 14, which has beautiful GDX screens.
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