© St. Petersburg Times, published December 27, 2001
New in town
New flavor on St. Pete Beach adds foie gras and mushroom napoleon to steak, saffron and porcini to lobster, for 40 at the intimate Aqua Blue Grill (371 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach; (727) 360-1919). Owners are Richard Jurkiewicz, formerly of the Don CeSar's Maritana Grille, and jazz artist Bozenna LaCosse; Duffy Robinson of Virginia is the chef. Entrees, $17 to $30.
Major dust-off of the former La Tour Eiffel has produced Le Bouchon (796 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs; (727) 585-9777), a new bright spot for French pastries, light salads, sandwiches and classic bistro entrees. Partners are Dominique Christini and Peter Leonavicius from Cafe Largo. Prices run $3 to $16.75.
The images of artist Frida Kahlo peer over a new art cafe and shrine in Seminole Heights. After months of renovation and private gatherings, Viva La Frida Cafe y Galeria (5901 N Florida Ave., Tampa; (813) 231-9199) is open with a brief menu of salads, quesadillas, nopalitos, moles and grilled chicken and steak, and a long list of music, art sales and special events.