The River's Edge - Official Blog of The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

Waterworks Bar and Grill at The Barrymore Hotel Welcomes New Executive Chef

The Barrymore Hotel and Waterworks Bar and Grill welcome a new Executive Chef to their talented team. Introducing Gabriel Townsend, a Dayton, Ohio native who recently moved to Tampa, FL. 

Gabriel began cooking at the age of 10 alongside his father, running three family restaurants. Townsend took a leap of faith and left Ohio at the age of 18 to attend Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. After receiving his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, he has worked in numerous high-end resorts, casinos and restaurants.

Townsend relocated to Tampa in May of 2017. "It has been a blessing working in a few well-established restaurants in the area until I found The Barrymore. I am blessed to be a part of the team, and [I look forward to] continuing to provide great food and guest satisfaction. Eat well, and enjoy all of life!" We couldn't agree more, Gabriel. We're happy to have you and cordially welcome you to the team.

Barrymore Hotel Hosts Jazz Night to Benefit Puerto Rico

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On Wednesday November 1, the Barrymore Hotel turned their once-monthly Art Meets Jazz into a special event to benefit Puerto Rico. The event benefits the families and neighbors of the families at our at two of our sister properties in Ponce and Mayaguez. One hundred percent of net proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase provisions which will be personally delivered to the island by members of the Barrymore’s staff.

Attendees of the event included H.I. Development‘s senior leadership and owners (The Barrymore's management company), University of Tampa administrators, and leadership from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts next door, among other local dignitaries.

We would like to graciously thank everyone who came to the event and enjoyed the live art demo by local Tampa artist, Francine J. Bauer. Francine auctioned off two pieces of art of which 50% of the proceeds will benefit this cause.

Waterworks Bar and Grill, located adjacent to the Barrymore Hotel, provided a full buffet of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine featuring arroz con gandules, tostones, fried sweet plantains, roast pork and chicken, and brandy cake.

A relaxing atmosphere filled the room courtesy of a smooth jazz saxophone performance by Johnny Magnuson, also know as Johnny Mag Sax, and talented vocalist Carmen Harrell. Johnny is a professional saxophone musician hailing from Orlando, Florida and has opened for many high profile acts, including Kenny G.

The Barrymore Hotel hosts “Art Meets Jazz” once a month from 6:00-9:00PM and features a full buffet plus drink specials. Guests enjoy a “chill” break from the hectic work week while listening to live music as someone else does the cooking (and cleaning!). The hotel is located in downtown Tampa along the scenic Riverwalk, features an art-gallery atmosphere and comfortable accommodations suitable for any traveler.

Waterworks Bar and Grill features a casual dining experience with American cuisine favorites. Guests enjoy a daily happy hour, plus a Late Night menu, also served daily. The restaurant keeps a rotating a variety of local craft beers on tap including Motorworks Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing, Cigar City and many more for an experience that shows off Tampa Bay’s noteworthy microbrewery scene.

Introducing Barry's Market, in-house "grab-and-go" makes a fresh debut at The Barrymore Hotel

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TAMPA, FL 5/31/2017: The downtown Tampa Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk has long been known for convenience - a convenient location in downtown near many businesses and attractions, a complimentary shuttle within 2 miles and now, to Tampa International Airport, plus all-around top-notch guest service. The addition of the Barry's Market concept is already receiving heavy patronage from the hotel's guests and surrounding office workers. 

As the Barrymore's Creative Marketing Manager Kim Moore, creator of the Barry's Market logo, was taking a quick tour of the newly opened space, a customer enters. They briefly exchange conversation about the opening and current selections - Kim assures him the veggie wrap is a good one. As they continue to chat, he mentions he is actually not a hotel guest but rather an employee of the Times Building across the street looking for a close by, affordable and healthy lunch option. Barry's Market hits all those points with ease.

Downtown workers and hotel guests alike are already becoming quite fond of the fresh-made selections. The Barrymore Hotel's chef and culinary team make all items fresh daily including hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast items, crisp salads, housemade scones, cinnamon buns and muffins, fresh fruit, hot coffee also brewed fresh - yes, you can even make a latte. The market also includes a selection of frozen meals, ice cream, protein bars, sweet treats, bottled teas, sodas, juices and water. 

Visit Barry's Market, located inside The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk located at 111 West Fortune Street, Tampa FL 33602. 

 

Gasparilla and Barrymore hotel featured in Roanoke Times

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Photo: Dr. Bill Carson courtesy of VisitTampaBay.com

January isn't only the beginning of a new year, but it's also the month one of Tampa's biggest festivals takes place - but only if you're willing to dress and talk like a pirate. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival on January 28th celebrates the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his invasion of Tampa, complete with a reenactment of the siege - it's basically Tampa's answer to Mardi Gras, but with pirates and yes, beads. 

The event is family-friendly, with a parade through the streets of South Tampa after the mayor "surrenders" the key to the city when the Gasparilla, Tampa's replica pirate ship with functioning cannons, docks at the Tampa Convention Center. Local bars and nightlife also partake in all the swashbuckling fun for landlubbers and seafarers alike. 

The Roanoke Times recently published an article about the Gasparilla Festival, featuring the Barrymore Hotel, which is located along the Riverwalk and near much of the Gasparilla action in Tampa. 

Enjoy the full article on the Roanoke Times website.

Pedal the Pavement: Barrymore Hotel Earns Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Business Designation

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During National Bike to Work Week The Barrymore Hotel coasted right along into a Bronze Level designation as a League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly Business (BFB℠), joining the ranks with 14 others who also earned Bronze Level. Tampa is now the largest Bicycle Friendly Business city in the state of Florida, with 1 Gold and 8 Silver Level businesses on the roster as well, making that a total of 24 BFB's.

To be a bike-friendly business, certain attributes must be present. For example, BFB's have incentive programs encouraging employees to bike to work, or they host organized staff rides and encourage employees to participate in other social rides.

Bike-Friendly Businesses also provide secure and ample parking for bicycles, or participate in a bike sharing program, such as locally operated Coast Bike Share. The Barrymore Hotel is slated to be a future hub for the program. The sky blue bikes will be parked out in front of the hotel, directly next to the new Zipcar car-sharing parking spots. Getting around Tampa from The Barrymore has never been easier for guests.

As a BFB, The Barrymore Hotel is looking forward to becoming a Coast Bike Share hub. With a location right along Tampa's Riverwalk, gaining the hub will allow guests to not only get around town faster and easier, but also without a carbon footprint. Plus, having the bicycles readily available encourages guests to enjoy the city, experience the scenic Tampa Riverwalk, and even get a little exercise.

 

See the list of all current Bike Friendly Businesses here.  


About the League of American Bicyclists The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. www.bikeleague.org

Barrymore Hotel to be One of New Downtown Tampa Zipcar Hubs

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TAMPA FL: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk announced today that they will be home to one of downtown Tampa’s newest Zipcar locations, with two Zipcars on-site. Now, when you stay at The Barrymore in downtown Tampa, renting a car only for a few hours or for the entire duration of your stay just got a lot easier.

undefined“We are extremely excited to be one of this innovative company’s first downtown locations, bringing more transportation options to the city center and beyond with ease,” stated Larry E. Collier, Jr., General Manager of The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. “We know our guests want the most convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy their visit and we believe Zipcar’s product offers just that.

As an environmentally-conscious business, we appreciate that car-sharing programs can reduce the amount of personally owned vehicles on the road, the demand for gasoline and pollution in the air we breathe.”

undefinedZipcar can be described as a “micro rental,” service, but with maximal flexibility. If you need a car for only an hour, rent it for an hour and return it to the same pickup location. If you need it for 5 days, rent it for 5 days. Each rental includes the cost of gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles per day.

According to Zipcar’s website, 10% of the population is expected to participate in car-sharing in the future instead of owning their own vehicles. Car-sharing can not only reduce humankind’s carbon footprint, but it also opens up the potential for more green space instead of parking space – less concrete jungle and more actual jungle.

The other downtown hubs will be located at the Tampa Convention Center and Skyhouse Channelside (with two Zipcars each). On Wednesday April 27th from 9:15-9:45am at the Tampa Convention Center’s parking lot (on the south side of the center), there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of Zipcar’s new downtown locations. All are welcome to attend.

Barrymore Hotel's John Lennon Statue Featured in Article on TBO.com

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This week, our hotel was featured in an article by TBO.com about our John Lennon statue, featured on our hotel grounds. Sure, there may be no obvious ties of Lennon to our city, but surely everyone can relate to "giving peace a chance" in some way or another. As a downtown Tampa Arts District hotel, our acquisition of the statue, created by Cuban sculptor José Villa Soberón, coincides with our passion for the arts - all art: national, international and especially local Tampa area art. 

“When you came around the corner and you saw it, it just drew you right to it,” Cathy Ferguson said. “It was almost like he was going to talk to you. That was the kind of feeling.’’ Many passers-by stop and snap photos next to "Lennon," along with the Tampa skyline and Straz Center for the Performing Arts in the background. 

“Once it catches people’s eyes they are absolutely surprised when they see it there,” said Larry Collier Jr., general manager and director of hotel operations for H.I. Development, the Barrymore’s development and management company. “We’ve seen numerous people stop and take pictures with it. We’ve seen cars drive by, stop and turn around.’’

Read the full article on TBO.com.

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