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Cuban sandwich shop is first business to open at ENCORE! in Tampa


TAMPA, Fla. — The first retail space at ENCORE! Tampa has officially opened its doors for business.

Michelle Faedo’s Tampeno Cuisine opened for business on Friday to dozens of people lining up to order a classic Cuban sandwich.

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Urban farm could be late addition to Tampa’s ENCORE! project


TAMPA — If all goes as planned at a meeting with the Tampa Housing Authority on Jan. 4, a 2-acre working farm will become a late addition to the city’s ENCORE! project.

The 40-acre mixed-use redevelopment district being erected downtown close to the intersections of Interstates 4 and 275 has brimmed with ambitious components, including apartments, condos, retail, restaurants, hotels and services. But this brings something vital that continues to elude many big-city urban renewal projects: access to local, organic and affordable produce, meats and dairy.

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Faedos bring tastes of Tampa back to a storefront


TAMPA — Whether working out of a food truck or a brick and mortar, Michelle Faedo and her husband Robert have always served Tampanian cuisine.

In June, space will no longer be a problem as the Faedos will celebrate the grand opening of their new 1,450 square-foot restaurant, Michelle Faedo’s Tampeño Cuisine, located in ENCORE!, a downtown mix-used development, being installed in the bottom floor of The Ella, a senior living facility.

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First retail shops coming to ENCORE! in downtown Tampa


TAMPA — The first retail location in ENCORE Tampa!, a downtown Tampa mixed-use development, is under construction and expected to be operational within the next 90 days.

Encore, a $425 million redevelopment of the former Central Park Village public housing area, will give a home to local foodie Michelle Faedo’s Tampanian Cuisine as the first of three retail operations in the project’s immediate future.

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ENCORE! development is new site of Tampa’s holiday donation tent


TAMPA — ENCORE!®, the Tampa Housing Authority development honoring the city’s once-vibrant black entertainment district along Central Avenue, is providing space for the charity to collect and distribute holiday meals and gifts to low-income families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties.

The tent, which opened for donations Thursday (Nov. 3) and will remain up through December nearly spans the length of a football field. An estimated 10,000 volunteers will serve some 18,000 families. The most-needed items include frozen turkeys and hams, cereal, stuffing, gift cards and presents intended for teenagers and infants.

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