Fly Bar and Restaurant opens Saturday with band

Published July 28, 2006

DOWNTOWN - The anticipated Fly Bar and Restaurant opens Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 1201 N Franklin St.

Reggae-infused pop band Offshore Riot will perform.

The night spot three blocks north of the Tampa Theatre features a rooftop deck. Paintings by local artist Sean Spoto hang on the walls.

The "world fusion" menu includes dishes such as striped bass on wild mushroom hash and truffled macaroni and cheese.

Movie house will devote screens to artsy movies

CHANNEL DISTRICT - Channelside Cinemas 10 & IMAX will begin devoting two of its screens to independent and foreign films, manager Patricia Vida said in an e-mail Monday.

Vida said the theater was responding to the likely closing of Hyde Park Village's Sunrise Cinemas, which often shows nonmainstream films.

Sunrise officials have not confirmed if or when the theater will close, but it is not included in village renovation plans.

Channelside Cinemas originally showed art-house fare when it opened in January 2001 but within a year shifted to a largely mainstream lineup.

Spring of Tampa Bay names top volunteer

TAMPA - Shelley H. Roth was recently named Volunteer of the Year for the Spring of Tampa Bay Inc. She has been an active volunteer with the organization since January 2001 and has served on multiple boards including the board of trustees for the past two years. The Spring operates a domestic violence center in Hillsborough County.

Proposal would let YMCA own, operate armory

NORTH HYDE PARK - The Tampa Metropolitan YMCA and Reliant Development are discussing an arrangement that would let the YMCA own and operate the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory as a YMCA facility with an ice arena.

Reliant's proposal, which is one of several the city is considering, calls for the armory site to become a mixed-use community with an ice arena, townhomes, workforce residences and a community annex building.

If selected, the proposal would provide $5.5-million for improvements to the armory and deed the building and operations to a charitable organization governed by a community board.

Reliant would also establish an endowment to ensure that children can participate in facility activities, regardless of their family's ability to pay.