Evolving, ever so slowly

The hopes for a livable downtown are as high as the condo tower starting this spring. There are signs it’s starting. By JANET ZINK, Times Staff Writer Published January 14, 2005 Kelly Ennix and friend Duane Davis of Tampa chat at Spain restaurant Saturday night. Ennix just moved from San Francisco and said the nightlife, of course, can’t compare. But “I’m giving it a chance. I’m quite impressed with the weather.” Chris Borzell and friend Tara Ruddell of Tampa mill around outside the Hub on N Franklin Street around midnight Saturday. You...

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Flair and flavor

Lots of Tampa Bay restaurants thrill the eye but not the palate. Here are the most mmmmmarvelous of 2004 – the ones that prove themselves on the plate, where it counts. By CHRIS SHERMAN, Times Food Critic Published January 13, 2005 The most important ingredient in the kitchen may be the hardest to find in modern restaurants: human skill. Although new chains and independent restaurants open in flashes of burnished metal and cobalt blue daily around Tampa Bay, fine chefs, good cooks and bakers are still scarce. More often, menus and...

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Best Design and Innovation from Centuries-Old Cuisine.

CHRIS SHERMAN . St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Jan 8, 2004. pg. 1.W Spain, 513 Tampa St., Tampa; (813) 223-2831. The chicken and yellow rice that downtowners love is the same as on any steam table, but set in the new location and redesign of this downtown fixture, it’s a jewel. Architect Ken Garcia’s white-on- white modernismo lets the national colors shine, and accomodate both the old cafeteria line and the uptown tapas bar. It looks best at night; menu shines then too, long on seafood and Gallego...

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Spain has new designs on Tampa

The restaurant moves and gets a modern look that takes its corner of the city from urban same-old to urbane sophistication. The decor sets off the food’s color and warmth. By CHRIS SHERMAN, Times Food Critic Published October 23, 2003 Spain ’s new dining room has white walls, tables, ceilings and lights. It is lit by 20 hanging pendant lamps, and on weekends nights, votive candles are on the banquettes. The new sparse white decor is punctuated over the bar by a canvas in red and yellow, the colors in the Spanish flag. For the lunch...

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New Tampa Style Magazine June 2004 Touring Cuisine in Tampa

With mighty pans of paella – a festive party of yellow rice, checken and ham – simmering in the kitchen and aromas of sautéed octopus wafting through the dining room, you leave Tampa when feasting at Spain Restaurant in the heart of downtown. The tall, mirrored building and the endless line-up of parking meters disappear. You can almost see the smooth beaches of As Marinas or smell the frying calamares seeping from a tiny fishing village in Rias Altas. The décor of this Spanish hideaway doesn’t evoke these dreams of romantic Spain. The Stark...

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Spain Goes Uptown With Makeover

By Kurt Loft of The Tampa Tribune Published: October 15, 2003 TAMPA – The Spain Restaurant for years was a dependable hole-in-the-wall on Twiggs Street , a place to grab a Cuban sandwich or a hot plate of boliche for lunch. But the old cafeteria got an uptown makeover with its new digs around the corner on Tampa Street, sporting a stark white interior, simple tables and streamlined bar. The retro, galvanized decor lacks warmth, but with barely a speck of dust anywhere, it’s obvious the owners run a clean and efficient ship. More...

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