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Roberto Torres talks about immigration in the Tampa Bay Times

In today’s edition of the Tampa Bay Times, local hero Roberto Torres — owner of the Blind Tiger Cafés, Black & Denim Clothing Company, and CoWork Ybor — talks about immigration, its clichés, the need to dispel the notion that immigration is bad, and how Tampa became his home. I’ve had the privilege of hanging […]

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Pre-pandemic photos #2: Roberto “Blind Tiger Café / Endeavr / Cass Street Deli” Torres at Café con Tampa

Tap the photo to see it at full size. Here are some photos from Roberto Torres’ appearance at Café con Tampa, which happened on Friday, March 6th — a mere two months in the past, but it feels like a lifetime ago. He gave a talk titled Choosing Tampa as the destination to live, work, […]

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Local villain: Co-owner of Tampa’s Nocturnal Hospitality Group gets violent and racist on Instagram, has to step down

Lanfranco Pescante’s Instagram post. He seems a little too eager to kill, and waaaay more concerned about the flag than the old man. Crazy times like this often lead to rising tempers, and rising tempers sometimes lead to career-limiting moves on social media. Case in point: Lanfranco Pescante, co-owner of Tampa’s Nocturnal Hospitality Group (which […]

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Finally, a yoga shirt that suits me

If you understand Spanish, you know what this means. If you don’t, it says “I bow to the divine in you, enlightened one.*” * No, it doesn’t, idiota. Thanks to Roberto Torres for the find!

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Kudos to Cass Street Deli, who are feeding hundreds of Tampa service industry workers every day!

Kudos to Cass Street Deli for participating in The Restaurant Workers Relief Program, which converts restaurants across the country into relief kitchens. If you’re a service industry worker who’s lost their job or have their hours cut, you can pick up a dinner from Cass Street Deli from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. each day until […]

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Scenes from the Blind Tiger Café Soho / Ella Bing Haberdashery ribbon-cutting ceremony

Click the photo to see it at full size. On Monday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest branch of the Blind Tiger Café and Ella Bing Haberdashery, two establishments that share a space in Tampa’s SoHo neighborhood. Roberto Torres, outside the Blind Tiger Café in Ybor City. This […]

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Scenes from our vacation, part 1: Going to Miami

Before the vacation: The Blind Tiger Café in Ybor City A day before our vacation began, I went down to Ybor City to meet with Roberto Torres, owner of iconic Tampa businesses Blind Tiger Café, Black & Denim Clothing Company, and Cowork Ybor, for lunch. We had lunch at La Tropicana Café and talked about all sorts […]