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Lift Up Local: Tampa Restaurants Open Streets for Additional Seating

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Have you noticed lately that some of your favorite streets in Tampa Bay are closed? The City of Tampa has launched a project, called the Lift Up Local Economic Recovery Plan, to support local businesses to re-open safely and responsibly.

While complying with the Governor’s Order for a maximum of 50 % internal capacity and the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, phase 1 of Lift Up Local will temporarily enable businesses to expand their outdoor capacity to safely serve patrons. To maintain public safety, these restaurants must follow the City of Tampa’s  COVID-19 Restaurant Requirements. 

The initiative has designated road closures for 7 Cafe & Retail Zones. These zones will temporarily not allow traffic, except the SOHO location which is only closed from 5PM–10PM. 

Keep reading to find out where the Lift Up Local zones are and which of your favorite local restaurants are participating!

Hyde Park Village

📍 S Dakota Ave/W Snow (Swann Ave to S Rome Ave)


Additional outdoor seating available under a large tent, temperature check upon entering the restaurant.

Meat Market

Additional outdoor seating available, temperature check upon entering the restaurant, reservations encouraged.

Buddy Brew

Additional outdoor seating available.

For more of our favorite restaurants in Hyde Park, check out the Top Restaurants in Hyde Park blog.

Downtown Tampa

📍 Twiggs St. (Tampa St. to Franklin St.) and Franklin St. (Madison to Polk)

Eddie and Sam’s NY Pizza

Additional outdoor seating.

CW’s Gin Joint

Additional outdoor/courtyard seating available, reservations available.

Ybor City

📍 7th Ave (15th St to 21st St)

7th and Grove

Additional outdoor seating available, reservations available.

Gaspar’s Grotto

Additional outdoor seating available.

Blind Tiger Cafe

Outdoor seating only.

Tampa Heights

📍 Franklin St (Kay St to Palm Ave)

Hidden Springs Ale Works

Only open for pick up.

For more of our favorite restaurants in the Heights, check out our Top Restaurants in Seminole Heights.

West River

📍 Grand Central Ave (Kennedy to Hyde Park Ave)

Oxford Exchange

Seating available with reservations only.


📍 South Howard (Morrison Ave to Bristol Ave) | Daily from 5PM–10PM

Green Lemon

Additional outdoor seating available under a tent.

Bulla Gastrobar

Additional outdoor seating available, enjoy 15% off your bill.

Blind Tiger Cafe

Outdoor seating only.

Cleveland Street in Clearwater

📍 400 and 500 Block of Cleveland St in Clearwater

On the other side of the Bay, check out Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The 400 and 500 blocks are closed to vehicles until May 31st to give restaurants more space for outdoor seating. Be sure to visit one of our favorite restaurants, listed below. 

Vera’s Kitchen

Additional outdoor seating available.

La Fondita de Leo

Additional outdoor seating available.

Soul Sicilian Fusion

Additional outdoor seating available.

Our city is working hard to adapt to these circumstances. While lifting up local, we encourage you to stay safe, practice social distancing, and visit responsibly. We are in this together,  Tampa Bay! 

Follow us @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Facebook and Instagram! We will continue to share updates and how to support the community during this time.

Madison Skipper

Madison Skipper

Madison is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.