Armature Works – Heights Public Market – Tampa

Armature Works – Heights Public Market – Tampa

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This may be the first time I am jealous of Tampa in my adult life.

Just opened on Thursday, February 1, Armature Works at the Heights is revitalizing the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood. It’s got a huge food hall called the Heights Public Market, comparable to the ones you may see in big cities like New York or San Francisco.

With its unobstructed view of the Hillsborough River, the $16.5 million redeveloped historic structure which once housed the city’s trolleys, has been reinvented as a community destination with innovative eateries, Heights Public Market, reimagined event spaces and an exclusive coworking space.

It features multiple events venues, a 13,000-square-foot co-working space, the Southern-inspired full-service restaurant Steelbach and Heights Public Market, a market-style food hall that brings together 14 new food vendors to Tampa Heights.

Nearby, Ulele and the Hall on Franklin have opened within walking distance of the Heights in recent years.

These are the 14 concepts that are open or will open in the public market:

  • Ava, wood-fired pizza restaurant
  • Astro Ice Cream Co.
  • Zukku, which serves Sushi, burritos and bowls
  • Butcher BBQ, which will also provide meats for Steelbach
  • Cru Cellars, which features organic wines
  • Cocina Taqueria
  • Fine & Dandy Emporium, the official Armature Works bar with craft cocktails, beer and wine
  • Graze 1910, which serves breakfast, brunch and dinner all day – think modern American diner
  • Hemingway’s, which serves Cuban cuisine, sandwiches and breakfast
  • Ichicoro Imoto Ramen
  • Inside the Box, Metropolitan Ministries’ salad and sandwich concept
  • Surf and Turf, which will be the first vendor in a rotating three-month lease stall
  • Swami Juice, acai bowls and cold-pressed juices
  • Union Coffee and Tea by Commune + Co., pressure brew, full espresso bar, drip coffee

ARMATURE WORKS – 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 –

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Ricky Ly founded in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on and Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at) Google


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