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Friday Market Downtown

As I headed over from the Straz Center to meet a friend for a drink at Indigo Coffee on Frankln and Twiggs on Friday, I was stunned to see what the Friday Market has become.

Well, to be honest, I'm not real sure what it used to be...but I doubt it started out as it is now! I'd heard it was kind of a smallish farmers market, and was excited that I was at last stumbling into it since it happened to bump up alongside Indigo. (I hadn't even realized it would be happening that day. Sad to say, I work downtown, but rarely venture out.)

There are now so many vendors, I couldn't even see where it all ended! Because I arrived before my friend, I wandered over to talk to a vendor selling organic cotton totes and environmentally friendly, perfectly safe drink containers, with early holiday shopping on my mind. I could see she had a lot of treasures to be discovered in her booth.

Free McRibs!

Free McRibs!

Looks like Free McRibs are on the menu for Monday in Seffner. Here's a press release we received in the newsroom:

 

The McRib is back.  On Monday, Oct. 10, the  ultimate fan favorite will return to the Tampa Bay area for a limited time only, while supplies last.  To celebrate the annual arrival of the saucy food phenomenon, McDonald’s will be serving up FREE McRibs to local sandwich lovers at the Seffner store location (610 W. Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd.) from 5 to 6 p.m.

Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill now open

Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill now open

The new Ker's WingHouse Bar and Grill of Brandon is now open for business on Brandon Boulevard.

If you're unfamiliar with Ker's Winghouse, here's how they describe themselves on their website:

Ker's WingHouse® Bar & Grill blends a casual sports-bar style with delicious over-sized entrees and great values. Menu selections are classic American favorites. Sports memorabilia on the walls and WingHouse® Girls waiting tables and behind the bar creates the restaurant's fun-filled ambiance.

I will say that I noticed the place was pretty packed Saturday night when I drove by. Also, check out their facebook page for deals and more news.

Local restaurant to hold fundraiser for fallen deputy's family

Local restaurant to hold fundraiser for fallen deputy's family

Brooksville, FL - Beef 'O' Brady's is hoping to raise $7,500 for the family of John Mecklenburg, a Hernando Sheriff's deputy who's cruiser crashed into a tree during a pursuit in July.

Dan Heavrin is an operating partner of the Beef's of Brooksville and is hosting a day of family fun to get money for Mecklenburg's wife and two young children.

The event will be staged outside the Beef 'O' Brady's at 7601 Horse Lake Road in Brooksville and begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Cluck your way to free food at Pollo Tropical

Cluck your way to free food at Pollo Tropical

Carrollwood -- Get yourself some free food today!

Today, Sept. 15, is National Chicken Lover's Day and Pollo Tropical customers can get a free quarter chicken meal with rice and beans simply by dressing in yellow from head to toe and clucking like a chicken to your cashier.

The special runs today only from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Customers are encouraged to be creative with their costuming. One offer per customer.

Chipotle to open new restaurant with fundraising event

Chipotle to open new restaurant with fundraising event

Brandon, FL -- Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it will officially open its doors at its newest location in Brandon, at 829 E. Bloomingdale Avenue, on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.

The new location, just west of Bell Shoals Road, will be the company’s first restaurant to open in Brandon.

The new restaurant will also host a pre-opening fundraising event on Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Bloomingdale High School Band, which will perform at the beginning of the event in front of Chipotle’s new restaurant.

Police search for Steak N Shake robber

Police search for Steak N Shake robber

Brandon, FL -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for the man who robbed a Brandon Steak N Shake on Tuesday morning.

According to detectives, at approximately 6:05 a.m. on Sept. 6, the man went into the restaurant located at 1402 Brandon Blvd. armed with a shotgun and demanded money from the employees.

He put the money in a green drawstring bag and fled on foot.

Detectives believe that it was the same man who robbed the same Steak N Shake on Sept. 1.