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NK Cafe has new home, old favorites

The 30-year-old restaurant moves to a new location. The menu is nearly identical, with a few interesting additions.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 3, 2002

NK NOT KO'D, JUST NEEDS OKAY: NK Cafe, a 30-year purveyor of health-conscious cooking, recently moved from its longtime post at the Transworld Center. Owners Rita and Sid Hattab have relocated a little farther east on W Kennedy Boulevard, at 3218.

Rita Hattab says it should reopen any day now, pending final health inspections. Occupying the former Franco's Italian Restaurant, NK has inherited the old business' interior brick arches. Hattab likens it to an outdoor patio, only inside. "It's prettier than it was," she said.

The seating remains the same, about 100, as does most of the old menu (including the popular vegetable cashew saute). But new additions will include egg rolls, lettuce wrapped sandwiches, a grab-and-go section with premade sandwiches and salads and a pickup window.

It stands for Natural Kitchen, by the way.

A HEAD SHOP ON BAY TO BAY? Dudes, we didn't say it. Nor did they, the folks at Egg Head's "unique gift shop." That's the preferred term for what 30 years ago would be called a head shop.

Egg Head's, which opened two weeks ago at 3253 Bay to Bay Blvd., peddles waterpipes, hookahs and handpipes in a cosmic array of glass, ceramic and acrylic designs. There also are tobacco papers, wraps and rollers, lava lamps, adult sex toys and aids, tie dye T-shirts, candles, incense and the popular Kama Sutra line of bathing products.

Owner Rich Copple says the small shop may offer glass blowing and body piercing in the future. He added that a grand opening is tentatively scheduled for May 15.

Posted signs warning customers not to mention illegal substances, or the use thereof, are common inside Egg Head's.

OPENING SOON AT INTERNATIONAL PLAZA: No rest for the competitive mall. New stores are slated to open at the new mall that just happens to be a mile from WestShore Plaza. They include:

  • St. John -- Women's designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, perfume. Opening in May.
  • Adrienne Vittadini -- Women's clothing and accessories. Opening this fall.
  • Gia & Co. -- Women's clothing, on the more young and contemporary side. Opening this spring.
  • Children's Place -- Children's clothing store moving from WestShore Plaza. Opening this fall.

And just recently opened at International Plaza:

  • Lancel -- Established in 1876, the international luxury retailer offers a wide range of luggage, handbags and small leather goods as well as gift items, watches and other accessories.
  • Furla -- World renowned Italian accessory company featuring handbags, small leather goods, shoes, jewelry and watches.
  • Koko & Palenki -- men's and women's designer shoes featuring Dolce & Gabbana, Kate Spade, Christian Lacroix, Gianni Versace, Moschino, Ann Klein, Donald Pliner, Charles David and Guess.
  • Todai -- All-you-can-eat Japanese sushi and seafood buffet.
  • Christian Dior -- Fine couture accessories from France featuring handbags, luggage, small leather goods, sunglasses and costume jewelry.
  • Sam Goody -- National music store chain.
  • Surreys -- Men's fine clothing store, which used to be at WestShore Plaza.
  • Oakley -- Not just sunglasses, but shoes, sporty clothing and accessories.
  • Silver Edge -- Predominantly silver jewelry.

NEW HYDE PARK VET: Your day of South Tampa errand-running just got more complex. Besides picking up the dry cleaning, hitting the salon, the grocery store and the bakery, now you can't forget to drop poochie off for her acupuncture appointment.

"The American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association have recognized acupuncture as a treatment modality," says Dr. Shelley Harper.

So her new Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic, opening Monday at 1111 W Swann Ave., will offer it, along with more traditional vet services.

Harper, who owns a pit bull mix (Stella) and two African gray parrots (Beak and Baldy), currently lives in North Tampa, but intends to move to South Tampa. "I like the sense of community in Hyde Park," she said.

You can get a tour of her 2,400-square-foot clinic Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The open house will feature food and drinks for humans, gourmet pet biscuits and free samples of Advantage flea control and pet toothpaste.

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