Here’s an excerpt from Dio’s article in Creative Loafing:
“Who could’ve predicted that a menu update would result in a new restaurant? Not owners Mary and Joe Khabbaz of Dio Modern Mediterranean, formerly known as downtown Tampa panini spot Paninoteca.
Initially, the Khabbazes’ plan was to remodel the more-than-a-decade-old Paninoteca and expand its bill of fare at 519 N. Franklin St. But the couple decided to go in a different direction after they gained some extra space by taking over the building next door, where a Thai eatery last operated.
“We want to bring a full, authentic Mediterranean concept into Tampa,” Mary says. “Usually people think ‘Greek,’ but we’re going to focus on the entire region, so we’ll have items from the Middle East and Italy, too.”
Going from 1,300 square feet to 2,500, Dio expects to launch in early February. A soft opening is in the works for friends and family, which will allow Joe and Mary to iron out the kinks, and a public grand opening should take place the following week.
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PHOTO CRED: GEORGE KHABBAZ