Tampa, FL (Nov. 29, 2016) – The Brew Bus Terminal that houses a microbrewery and tasting room, and serves as a hub for bus tours to local breweries, has opened an on-site kitchen that is now serving freshly prepared, cooked-to-order dishes.
Fans of locally brewed beer and brewery tours have made The Brew Bus Terminal based in Seminole Heights a popular place to enjoy the facility’s signature beers as well as the place to park and embark on bus tours of Tampa Bay’s craft beer community.
With the opening of the new casual dining concept The Eatery, the brewery joins the ranks of leading microbreweries across the country that successfully enhanced customer satisfaction and built business by adding food service to complement their beer sales, said Anthony Derby, president and founder of The Brew Bus which launched in 2011.
Newly retrofitted with a nearly 400-square-foot kitchen, the venue now offers a menu crafted by Chef Kasia Lavigne that includes starters, sandwiches, sliders and flatbreads. Fresh ingredients, locally sourced foods and house brews like You’re my Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat Ale and Last Stop IPA are used to create various menu items, according to Lavigne, a classically trained chef and graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.
“I have always enjoyed wine but beer offers some new opportunities and new flavors for pairing with food. I also love exotic flavors like those found in Indian and Thai foods and want to incorporate those spices and balance those flavors in the dishes I create,” said Lavigne. In addition to the current menu items there will be tacos served on Tacos + Trivia Tuesdays, brunch items for the popular monthly Toast Brunch that typically fills up the tasting room and special dishes for beer pairing dinners and to complement new beer releases.
Menu selections include vegan and vegetarian items as well as poultry, pork and beef dishes. Prices start at $3 for an assortment of Caramelized Beer Nuts to $17 for the Beer & Cheese Flight that features a sampling of three beers, grilled flatbread, seasoned beer nuts, goat cheese and specialty cheeses served with house-made accompaniments like bacon jam made with Double Decker Porter.
Initially the kitchen schedule will coincide with the tasting room operating hours but Derby anticipates adding lunch service in the months ahead. The tasting room is open 4 – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon until midnight Fridays, 11 a.m. until midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sundays.
Food preparation in the kitchen will be within full view of the tasting room. Guests place their order with a bartender and pick up their food at the kitchen’s Dutch door, enabling them to converse with the chef and comment about their favorites.
“I will be able to interact with our guests while they watch me making food from scratch. I look forward to talking to people to get their feedback about the flavors of my food and I look forward to being part of their lives,” Lavigne added.
For more information about the brewery, bus tours, events and The Eatery, go to http://www.brewbususa.com. The Brew Bus Terminal is located at 4101 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa and can be reached at 888-945-2739 or 813-990-7310. Follow the business on Facebook by searching for The Brew Bus Brewing. On Twitter follow @BrewBusUSA and on Instagram go to thebrewbus.