Where Magazine Tampa Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

A Walk Through History

James Simon’s sculptures in Perry Harvey Sr. Park capture the indelible spirit of Tampa’s music icons.

What’s Cookin’

St. Petersburg’s Edge District is about to get a whole lot smokier with the opening of Dr. BBQ this fall. The brainchild of celebrity pitmaster Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, the restaurant will feature new American barbecue with trendy flavor twists. Hipsters would call it artisanal. Lampe’s barbecue expertise is legendary. From his start as a barbecue hobbyist to his meteoric rise as a prolific cookbook author and TV food show host and judge, Dr. BBQ was inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014. All that expertise will be on full

Dr. BBQ

display at his eponymous first restaurant, and the first barbecue place to open in the historic Edge district, an eclectic neighborhood of boutiques, galleries, pubs and eateries. drbbqs.com

REV YOUR ENGINE Nothing gets the heart pumping like precision vehicles roaring past at 170 mph. The three-day Firestone Grand Gateway sculptures

Perry Harvey Sr. Park In the post-Civil War era, newly freed slaves built homes in Tampa’s The Scrubs. As the 1900s population swelled, The Scrubs’ Central Avenue became a burgeoning business district and vibrant music scene. Four artists’ works spotlight this rich heritage at Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Named after an influential community leader who worked tirelessly to improve African American labor conditions and desegregate schools. Artist Joel Randell immortalized the civic hero in a bronze statue. Mike Parker’s “Leaders’ Row” captures others in plasma-cut aluminum and concrete. And Caption text Rufus Seder’s photomural “Central Avenue Timeline” recounts the area’s civic and business evolution. Seder’s photomural “Central Avenue Heyday” highlights Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald. tampagov.net 14 W H E R E TA M PA B AY I FA L L / W I N T E R 20 17

Prix of St. Petersburg– March 9-11–will host the 13 high-speed races including the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Mazda Road to Indy and the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. The 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course snakes along the waterfront of Tampa Bay’s south yacht basin, down Albert Whitted Airport’s runway and around Al Lang Stadium, the Dalí Museum and, yum, a beer garden. Race fans will want to get “paddock and pit” passes to rub elbows and take selfies with top race mechanics and drivers. The Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village and Spectrum Speed Zone offers entertainment, simulators and driver autographs. gpstpete.com St. Pete Firestone Grand Prix

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(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) ©AMY MARTZ; COURTESY DATZ RESTAURANT GROUP; COURTESY FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG; (OPPOSITE) ©AGE FOTOSTOCK/ALAMY

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