NEWS: “Love Reimagined” dining pop-up coming to Tampa just in time for Valentine’s 2020

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There’s a new installment in an experiential dining series called “The Rooted Door” is coming to Tampa called “LOVE Reimagined”. It aims to be “a fully immersive pop-up that will inspire guests to celebrate the Art of LOVE”.

The pop-up will occur from Tuesday, February 11th to Saturday, Feburary 15th, 2020 (5 nights), just in time for Valentine’s Day week 2020.

The pop-up will occur at Red Door No. 5, in Tampa Heights at 1910 North Florida Avenue. Red Door is one of Tampa’s new destinations for culture and the arts. Originally constructed in 1925 and then was decommissioned as an active fire station in 1986. The building has since been restored.

Popular local chefs, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Chef Noel Cruz of Ichicoro Ramen, will headline the pop-up. Alvarez and Cruz have opened numerous projects recently around the city and are active participants in local initiatives in Tampa Bay. Chef Ferrell Alvarez is a James-Beard Award nominee.

Guests at the pop-up will walk through different spaces which unveil imaginative cuisine, cocktails, visual and performing arts and take them on a journey of the senses as the space transforms with each course.  Comfortable footwear is recommended.

The pop-up will last approximately 2 hours and reservation times include 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM, and 9:30PM. Tickets start at $ 160 and are now on-sale.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Award through Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) to continue nurturing Tampa’s flourishing creative scene and support future creators in the community.

TBBCA has annually awarded six or more scholarships to some of the most talented and deserving Tampa Bay area high school students, providing valuable financial assistance since 2008.

Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite:

“Love Reimagined” is being organized by PASK Productions, “an experiential event marketing and branding agency delivers premium services to high-end clientele across the country.”

Their collaborations with brands include Hennessy Cognac, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Cirque du Soleil, CORZO Tequila , L’OREAL Paris, DUSSE Cognac, OXLEY Gin, ULTRA Music Festival, National Young Arts Foundation, Art Basel, and Beats by Dre among others.

Carlos Eats

December 18, 2019 |

Cut restaurant wait time down with TorchFi interface

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Tired of downloading apps for businesses you frequent to your smartphone? I cannot count how many different apps I have downloaded to my phone for businesses that I never open. Local start-up company, TorchFi, aims to end the push for restaurants to make their own app and gives restaurants the ability to connect with their customer via a Wi-Fi connection.


Customers can access restaurant menus through the TorchFi connection and order their food and pay online – avoiding getting caught in line during busy lunch or dinner rush times. They can simply walk into a restaurant and sit at a table and order their food when they connect to the available Wi-Fi. The wireless interface can also help customers call a waiter to help them.

On the business side, the restaurant will receive data about overall customer buying habits/trends and make life easier for their customers – repeat customers can easily order their regular orders with a smart interface that remembers past orders by a customer. All without forcing a customer to download their individual app.

TorchFi is currently targeting fast-casual businesses with busy lunch and dinner rushes. Tampa is a perfect target with plenty of concepts having their beginning here or expanding in the area including Burger 21, PDQ, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Mission BBQ…to name a few.

TorchFi is starting locally with The Attic and Moxie’s Cafe. Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, Brandon, and Carrollwood all have busy lunch rush crowds that could be alleviated using this interface. The interface can also be used for malls and food courts, retail brands, salons, and spas.

For more information, visit TorchFi online at

Carlos Eats

March 10, 2017 |

Charter Communications completes purchases of Bright House, Time Warner

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Bright House Networks is now Charter Communications.

The final step in Charter Communications’ purchase of Bright House and Time Warner Cable took place Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Read the official news release.

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to approve the deal.

The Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing the week before. This creates the country’s second largest cable and broadband company.

Check back throughout the day for more information on the purchase.

Bright House Networks, now Charter Communications, is the parent company of News 13/Bay News 9/Bright House Sports Network/InfoMas.

Bay News 9 – local-news

May 18, 2016 |

Biz: Changing South Tampa One Sweet Bite At A Time

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Mini Doughnut Factory


Mini Doughnut Factory Creates A Frenzy


Patrick Ruddell and his wife, Zezura, have created a frenzy of sweet lovers in a small strip center across from Plant High School in South Tampa. On weekends, the line extends out the door and a wait up to 45 minutes for the custom-flavored mini-doughnuts.

Opening only four months ago, the Ruddell’s latest business venture has been a sweet success. So far, Patrick estimates they have sold over a quarter million mini doughnuts and goes through over 100’s of pounds of toppings per week. During the week, the hot, made-to-order mini’s are vanilla flavored, but on weekends there is more staff to have additional seasonal flavors and chocolate doughnuts. Creating the made-to-order mini doughnuts requires customers to wait, and they most certainly don’t seem to mind. Many of the toppings mimic ice cream flavors including sprinkles, candy pop rocks, peanut butter cups and more.


Mini Doughnut Factory


Ordering is an easy 4 step process, step 1 select the cake doughnut, step 2  select the icing or coating, step 3 select the creative toppings and step 4 select a yummy drizzle. Currently there are 16 Favorite Combos, but creativity and originality are encouraged for endless options. Patrick’s favorite is a customized Peanut Butter Cup with a vanilla cake doughnut with peanut butter icing, peanut butter cups and Reese’s drizzle, however, the number one seller is Sweet Pig — a vanilla cake doughnut with maple icing and bacon. Patrick says they go through roughly between 100 lbs of bacon per week.

Serial entrepreneurs, the Ruddells opened Mini Doughnut Factory to teach their children how to operate a business. Daughter, Aryanna, 12, works at honing her customer service, sales and decorating skills and son Jordyn, 14, is learning about the baking and business operations. “We’ve never worked so hard, but had so much fun,” said Patrick and Zezura.   M

—Ronda M. Parag







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