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By AMY ABBOTT and KELLY RYAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


Malio's in Tampa had quite the powerhouse table Thursday. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, former 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo and boxer Chris Byrd all came together to kick back from the hectic Super Bowl week schedule.

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Bernini's Italian restaurant in Tampa remains in high demand. San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, former 49er Ronnie Lott, Bucs wide receiver Reidel Anthony and Bucs defensive end Chidi Ahanotu were all in Thursday. "Chidi called at 8:30 for a party of 10 to eat at 9 p.m.," said Bernini's owner Jason Fernandez. "And I made it happen because we love the guy."

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Dan Marino's Town Tavern, which opened this week in downtown St. Petersburg's BayWalk, is attracting a full menu of NFL stars. Needless to say, Dan Marino has made appearances, as has Miami Dolphins quarterback Damon Huard and kicker Olindo Mare.

- Compiled by Amy Abbott, Kelly Ryan

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