Traffic signal at El Rancho & Stoneham getting installed in Sun City Center

 

SOUTH SHORE/SUN CITY CENTER, Fla – Golf carts will have another place to cross Sun City Center Blvd (SR 674) when the new traffic signal gets installed at 674 and El Rancho/Stoneham Drive. There is work being done already at the intersection so it shouldn’t take long.

New traffic light being installed this summer on Sun City Center Blvd (SR 674) at El Rancho/Stoneham Dr/2015 copyright Google
New traffic light being installed this summer on Sun City Center Blvd (SR 674) at El Rancho/Stoneham Dr/2015 copyright Google

Publix Riverview (301 & Symmes) (opens)

SOUTHSHORE /RIVERVIEW, FL- A Publix Super Market opened September 29, 2016 in the new Rivercrest Commons Shopping Center at 11460 US-301 in the Riverview neighborhood of South Shore, FL.

All the new construction in Riverview is due to the steady-flow of people moving into the area. Riverview’s Population grew at a rate of 490.36% between 2000 – 2010 and currently ranks #6 for one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Florida according to USA.com.

In charge of developing the 15.31 acres was Jim Dunphy CCIM of Dunphy Properties. Hawkins Construction Inc. help with the construction at this location and for the Publix at Southshore Village in Ruskin as well.

TENANT LISTING (coming soon)
◊ Casablanca Spa
◊ East Wok
◊ Majik Touch Dry Cleaners
◊ Hair Cuttery
◊ Marco’s Pizza
◊ Mathnasium
◊ Dunkin Donuts
◊ Fast Track Urgent Care
◊ Dunkin Donuts
◊ Heartland Dental

Publix Super Market
11460 US-301, Riverview, FL 33569
Main: (813) 671-9121
Pharmacy: (813) 671-9551
Liquor: (813) 671-9341
www.publix.com | Google Maps

VIDEO: A short video clip was created in April 2015 before construction.

DQ Grille & Chill ‘Now Open’ in Riverview, FL

SOUTH SHORE/RIVERVIEW, FL. – The new Dairy Queen Grille & Chill Restaurant on Big Bend and 301 in Riverview had a sign out front that reads ‘Now Open’ for today’s Grand Opening (April 14, 2015). The doors opened at 11:00 am and the new restaurant had a stellar first day.

The video above was taken on one of the orientation days, just a few days before the Grand Opening.

Read what was on Big Bend DQ’s OFFICIAL Facebook page:

Join us Tuesday April 14 at 11AM when we officially open to the public! Be one of the first 100 people to buy a 10″ Blizzard Cake that day and get a free burger every week for a YEAR! Better line up early!!!

DQ GRAND OPENING April 14
DQ Grille and Chill Restaurant | 13316 S US Highway 301 | Riverview, FL | (813) 671-2376 or (863) 256-9465 | Facebook | dairyqueen.com

Popeyes Chicken, Big Bend Rd, Riverview, FL

RIVERVIEW / SOUTHSHORE, FL – Popeye’s Chicken opened on October 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on 10551 Big Bend Road in Riverview Florida.

See the new Drive-Through Menu with prices at the Popeye’s Riverview location.

Popeye’s has had a great turnout since opening day. So good that staff members had to help direct cars safely through the parking for few weeks after its opening day.

Other cars and work trucks had to park in the adjacent Winn Dixie parking lots to avoid the traffic.

The new Popeyes is next to the Winn Dixie shopping center in The Shoppes of Southbay along Big Bend, right next door to the 7 Eleven.

The construction of Popeyes (Chicken) Louisiana Kitchen started in the first week of April in Riverview, FL.

The construction manager in charge of the Big Bend project built the Popeyes in Sun City Center as well.

APPLY IN PERSON AT THESE LOCATIONS OR SEND YOUR RESUME to PLKflorida@gmail.com

4548 S. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32823
1046 Cypress Pkwy. Poinciana, FL 34759
5011 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Kissimmee, FL 34746-5344
10551 Big Bend Rd. Riverview, FL 33578
4400 Palm Beacg Blvd., Ft Myers, FL 33905
3238 Fowler St., Ft Myers, FL 33901

Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen
10551 Big Bend Road, Riverview, FL 33579
813-672-4939
www.popeyes/riverview
PLKflorida@gmail.com

Popeyes construction time-line photos below

Popeye’s Chicken, Sun City Center Blvd, FL (opens)

RUSKIN / SUN CITY CENTER, FL – Popeye’s Chicken held their Grand Opening today (Dec. 21, 2015) at 10:30 am located next to Denny’s at 3763 Sun City Center Blvd in Ruskin, FL.

I spoke with a nice gentleman on Dec. 19, the day they put the Grand Opening date on the sign, that said they had to remove the tall trees that ran along SR-674 due to the new electric poles that were installed. The original trees would have been too close to the wires.

The same gentleman, also, mentioned that they made the parking lot at the Ruskin location a little bigger than the Big Bend Riverview location.

One of the friendly landscapers said the owner had them plant small growing trees away from the power lines.

View menu prices at the new Popeye’s Riverview location.

POPEYE’S Timeline 
1. APRIL 2015: Pre-plan for a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen approved by Hillsborough County for Ruskin, FL.

2. APRIL 2015: Land purchased for $625,000 by POP FLORIDA PROPERTIES LLC.

3. MAY 2015: Construction site surveyed and leveled.

4. JUNE 2015: Permit issued to McAnally Construction Company to build Popeyes.

5. AUGUST 2015: Hiring sign posted at construction site with email to send applications: PLKflorida@gmail.com

6. DECEMBER 2015: Grand Opening to be held Dec 21, 2015 at 10:30 am.

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
3763 Sun City Center Blvd, Ruskin, FL 33573
PLKflorida@gmail.com

POPEYE’S Timeline Construction Photos

Verona Renaissance Community , Sun City Center, FL

SOUTH SHORE/SUN CITY CENTER, FL – The VERONA Renaissance neighborhood is the new gated community currently under construction on Chipper Drive in Sun City Center, FL. (video deleted)

Verona will consist of paired villas and single family homes with its own concrete pool within the gates of this upscale neighborhood.

Model homes are now on display and can be viewed daily. For more information call (813) 634-6400 or (888) 812-2990. See layout at minto.com

Dunkin’ Donuts, Sun City Center, FL

SUN CITY CENTER / SOUTHSHORE, FL – Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins opened its doors on Saturday, September 26, 2015 on 717 Cypress Village Blvd. in Sun City Center, Florida – right next to Beef ‘O’Brady’s.

See Drive-Through Menu with prices

Raj Mathure Construction built this one and is the same company that built a Dunkin’ Donuts in Palmetto and around 15 others, some from from the ground up and some being remodels.

HOURS: 5:00 am to 11:00 pm, open 7 days/wk.

Dunkin’ Donuts
717 Cypress Village Blvd
Sun City Center, FL 33573
menu | dunkindonutssuncity@gmail.com

The World’s Largest Food Truck Festival Ever 3! Tampa

TAMPA, Fla – World’s Largest Food Truck Festival Ever 3 drew almost 75 food trucks on March 28-29 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

This is the third year in the making, presented by Jeremy and Candy Gomez from Generation Food Truck along with staff from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Last year’s Food Truck Festival made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Food Truck Parade on March 29, 2014. Mr Gomez mentioned on Facebook that they, “had 202 food trucks from all over the country last year.”

This year’s event was more about the overall family experience and quality of the food rather than the number of trucks. Mr Gomez humbly wrote on Facebook, “No need to break our own record this year.”

This year the food trucks were comfortably spread out along the Fairgrounds. It was a family affair that included a fun zone for kids with inflatable slides, bounce houses and more.

On Saturday, there were over 13,000 people that attended the food event; Sunday’s count is still undetermined.

The event was wonderful and a special thanks to Jeremy and Candy for making this year’s event even better.

COST: Free Admission
PARKING: $6.00
LIVE MUSIC: Randy McNeely and Radio Crime
CHILDREN: Kid’s Fun Zone (some costs)
SATURDAY: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There were three categories for the 2015 FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS that included Best Tasting Food, Most Unique Food and Best Presentation.

Winners of the 2015 FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS:
The Best Presentation: TROPICOOL
The Best Tasting Food: SARGE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ
The Most Unique Food: MMMM DELICIOUS CUPCAKES

Below were some of the choices for the 2015 FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS. What was your favorite Food Truck this year? Tell us in the comment section below.

A Taste of Chicago | Anticquiteas and More | Bem Bom | Big Crush Slush Company | Bokados de mi Tierra | Chai Yo Thai Cuisine | Churroland | Churros Express | Claws & More | Cowboy Jim’s Cookies & Candies| Crab Daddy’s Surf & Turf | Croz’s Surfshack | Dirty Birds Wings on the Fly | Fire N Ice | Flaming Pizza | Fox Den Winery & Cellar | Frey Produce | Frozen Treats | Give and Grub | Hamburgers Gone Wild | Holy Cow! Burgers | Hott Mess | In-Law Subs | Island Delights | Island Vibes | Jerk Hut Jamaican Grille & Rhu | Kona Ice of Brandon | Kona Ice of Tampa | Krepelicious | Lemon Bar | Light My Fire Mobile Pizza Com | Lolo Ono Hawaiian Shave Ice | Mmm BAP | Mmmm Delicious Cupcakes (winner The Most Unique Food | Monsta Lobsta | MRDL JR’s BBQ | Pitas on the Run | PJ Rick’s Latin American Cafe | Prestige Food Trucks | Rio’s Italian Ice | Route 66 Kitchen and Dining Ca | Sarge’s Smokehouse BBQ (winner The Best Tasting Food) | Shefu | Simply Squeezed Olde Fashioned | Skoops Italian Ice | Smokin’ Good BBQ & Wings | Solomon Vereen | Taco Bus | Taste Time to Love Us | The Fry N Saucer | The Hungry Monkey Surf & Turf | The Kings Bistro | The Lemonade Factory | The Maine Thang | The Pink Cupcake | The Tasty Tortilla | The Twisted Iron | TNC’S Italian Ice | Tropical Delights Little Jimmy | Tropical Heatwave Daiquiri Sha | Tropiccool (winner The Best Presentation)| Twisted Ice Cream | Victory Catering | Wicked Beef | Yogurtology Mobile | Zesty Tsunami

Florida State Fairgrounds | 4800 US Hwy 301 North | Tampa, FL 33610 | www.floridastatefair.com

Menu NIKO’S GREEK GRILLE, Ruskin, FL

Menu NIKO’S GREEK GRILLE

105 E. Shell Point Rd. 33570 (813) 645-5946 | Google Map |

(prices subject to change)

APPETIZERS & SPREADS

All spreads served with pita bread

OUZO MUSSELS $9.00 – mussels steamed in a Ouzo sauce, wine, tomato and feta sauce

DOLMADES $9.00 – grape leaves hand rolled with Greek style beef and rice mixture

SAGANAKI $8.00 – flambeed lightly fried kefalotyri cheese with lemon

SPANAKOPITA $7.00 – fresh spinach and feta wrapped in filo dough

KALAMARI $9.00 – lightly breaded and pan fried

BROILED OCTOPUS $9.00 – charbroiled and pan fried

CHAR BROILED SHRIMP $10.00 – simply grilled with Greek seasoning

TZATZIKI $6.00 – yogurt, cucumber, garlic bread

TYROKAFTERI $7.00 – feta cheese whipped with red pepper

HUMMUS $6.00 – traditional chick pea bread

SKORDALIA $6.00 – potato garlic bread

SPREAD PLATTER $12.00 – your choice of any 3 spreads

SALADS AND SOUP

XORIATIKI SM $8.00 LG $12.00 – tomatoes, cucumber, onion, green peppers and feta
GREEK SALAD SM $7.00 LG $11.00 – classic Greek salad topped with potato salad
AVGOLEMONO SOUP $4.00

SANDWICHES

All sandwiches served with Greek seasoned fries

GYRO $8.00
PORK SOUVLAKI $8.00
CHICKEN SOUVLAKI $8.00
VEGGIE PITA $7.00
COD SANDWICH $9.00
FETA BURGER $9.00
MEDITERRANEAN PITA $9.00
GREEK TACOS $8.00
SIDE ITEMS
RICE PILAF $3.00
GREEK POTATO $3.00
FRENCH FRIES $3.00
VEGETABLE $3.00
PITA BREAD $2.00
FETA $4.00
V-R-P $4.00

TRADITIONAL GREEK FAVORITES

All served with veggie, rice and potato

PASTICHIO $11.00 – baked layers of macaroni and beef topped with bechamel

MOUSSAKA $11.00 – baked layers of potatoes, eggplant and beef & bechamel

DOLMADES $12.00 – grape leaves hand rolled with Greek style beef and rice mixture

YOUVETSI $15.00 – braised lamb shank in a smooth red sauce and orzo

TOUR OF GREECE PLATTER $15.00 – moussaka, pastichio, dolmades, gyro

GYRO PLATTER $12.00 – open faced gyro with Greek seasoned fries

SPANAKOPITA DINNER $10.00 – spinach, feta, onion feta baked in filo

KEFTEDES – baked Greek meatballs $12.00

FROM THE LAND

All served with veggie, rice and potato

ROAST LEG OF LAMB $15.00 – sliced baby spring lamb

LAMB CHOPS $20.00 – charbroiled with lemon, oil and oregano

CHARBROILED CHICKEN $10.00 – Greek seasoned chicken breast

KEBOB – chicken or pork or beef tenderloin flamed broiled skewered with tomato, onion and pepper $14.00 beef tenderloin $20.00

ATHENIAN CHICKEN $12.00 – chicken breast topped with sun dried tomato, spinach, olives and feta cheese

FILET MIGNON – $20.00 – 8 oz hand cut fillet

FROM THE SEA

All served with veggie, rice and potato

BAKALIARO $13.00 – fillet of cod that’s Greek seasoned and pan fried

SANTORINI SHRIMP OR SCALLOPS $15.00 – sauteed in a Greek tomato sauce with feta cheese served over rice

PAROS PASTA $15.00 – sun dried tomato, artichoke hearts, olives, feta and shrimp or scallops with a lemon butter sauce

OCTOPUS DINNER $15.00 – charbroiled with lemon and olive oil

KALAMARI DINNER $13.00 – pan fried to perfection

SEAFOOD PLATTER $17.00 – shrimp, scallops and cod

NAFPLIO SHRIMP OR SCALLOPS $15.00 – pan fried in butter & garlic

Ribbon Cutting at 2020 Center, Kings Point, Sun City Center, FL

SOUTH SHORE/SUN CITY CENTER, FL – There was a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new 2020 Center in Kings Point, Sun City Center, FL. The 3 minute video above shows the ribbon cutting ceremony and a short tour of the new building.

The ceremony took place at Kings Point’s annual Spring Fling Festival that was held outside today (March 20, 2015) on the lawn at the North Clubhouse.

Jim Haggerty, president of the Federation of Kings Point Associations, held the big scissors while Vice President Wayne Musholte did the actual cutting with the smaller ones.

Vesta with the KP Board worked diligently to get this done and we all owe them a token of gratitude for seeing this through. The building is big and the gym, “Was like being in a candy store” said one of the fitness trainers earlier this morning.

2020 CENTER ALMOST DONE: 25,000 square feet
There is a 3,500-square-foot gym filled with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, one huge fitness/dance studio room and a smaller one to the left of the lobby. There is a full salon, meeting rooms upstairs and a class room with a full kitchen where residents can learn new recipes.

I didn’t photograph the whole building so there is more to see, especially in the salon section. A staff member told me that the building was still not completely done, however. Exact opening date for the residents will be announced by Vesta.

For more information you can call the Kings Point Clubhouse front desk at 387‐3439.