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Willa’s celebrates Terrible Twos with weeklong festivites, specials, events

Happy Birthday to Willa’s!

Tampa’s fave neighborhood eatery celebrates its second birthday with a slew of festivities this week starting Wednesday, March 8 until Sunday, March 12 with a NOLA-themed Jazz Brunch, all-night happy hour, wine tasting with Nada Wine, donut pop-up, plus hella bar and kitchen specials. Here’s all the details for the week:

Wednesday, March 8 – Happy Hour All Day & Night

  • Happy Hour all day for lunch & night for dinner.
      • Deals on drinks including $7 beer and a shot, $8 house daiquiri, $9 house martini, $2 off all house wines, ice-cold beers, aperol spritz, and zero-proofers (mocktails)

      • Food discounts include $2 off all apps and starters.

  • Head bartender Matt Veronesi brings back some favorites from Willa’s cocktail archives, which are available on the menu all week long:
    • Sign of the Thymes with Ilegal Mezcal, Select Aperitivo and torched thyme

    • Mother’s Medicine with Jack Daniels, Cynar, pineapple, lemon and mint

  • Milk & Cookies with Santa Teresa 1796, Park Cognac, Rumchata, coconut, nutmeg, half & half and a mini chocolate chip cookie.

Thursday, March 9 – Wine Tasting w/ David Heath from Nada Wine

  •  A fun and easy-going get together with one of Tampa’s wine distributors; taste some wines and stay for a fun dinner. No reservation necessary.
  • Nada Wine is a distributor of natural, alive, organic, hands-on, terroir-driven wine and cider, launched by David Heath in 2022.
  • $15 to taste 4 classic and natural wines from 6-8p in the dining room. Expect a selection to include sparkling, rose, white and a chilled red. Each wine is available by the glass and also retail purchase.

Saturday, March 11

  • North Hyde Park Community Clean Up, 8-10 a.m.
      • Volunteers are welcome to join for a light and easy walk around our beloved community. Gloves and bags are provided plus coffee and light bites await once the event is over.
  • GetAlong Donut Popup from 9 a.m.-sold out
  1.           Get Along Donuts have a wide selection of brioche and vegan yeast donuts, each with a set of classic flavors and two new flavors that change once a month. Currently, you can find Get Along Donuts the first and third Saturday of every month outside of their kitchen. They are also available for catering to private events. For more information, please visit them on Instagram.

“We love working with local concepts like Get Along. Asher is a friend of ours, and we can’t wait to share these mouth watering doughnuts with our guests for another visit at Willa’s Provisions,” said Mike Lyons, GM of Willa’s and Willa’s Provisions.

2. Willa’s Provisions menu, including King State’s coffee and fresh Austin-style breakfast tacos and burritos, crullers and pastries, kosher bagels, grab-and-go foods and retail items will be featured also.

Here are the Get Along Donuts flavors being featured:

Brioche Donuts

  • Classic Glaze

  • Chocolate Sea Salt–chocolate glaze topped with flaky sea salt

  • Get Along Glaze–signature orange cinnamon caramel glaze

  • Blueberry Goat Cheese

Vegan Donuts

  • Vegan Classic Glaze

  • Cookie Butter–vegan cookie butter glaze topped with a Biscoff cookie

  • Lavender Rosé

Stuff Baked goods

  • Cinnamon Rolls

  • Everything Bagel Milk Buns

  • Bacon Egg & Cheese Buns

  • Orange Cinnamon Buns

  • Canele

Sunday, March 12

    • Jazz Brunch at 10 a.m.

      • To wrap up, experience The Willa’s Brass Band for a NOLA-Style Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The four-piece second-line brass band, led by Alex Belleview, will playing in the dining room and on the patio.

      • Chef Gabe Lopez dishes out specials for brunch like Shrimp Étouffée with Chili Cheese Grits, Fried Local Oyster baskets from Cedar Key, stacks of buttermilk Funfetti Pancakes and slices of classic Birthday Cake with Buttercream Icing.

      • Reservations are recommended, head to Resy, or just c’mon in as a walk-in.

    • Industry Party open to the Public from 8-10 p.m.

      • Hosted by High Noon; specials from the kitchen and deals on food and wine.

      • Every Sunday is Industry Night, where local hospitality staff get 50% off dinner starting at 5 p.m.

      • Every Sunday is also Wine Night with prices for all bottles on the list are slashed by 50%.

In addition to their birthday festivities, Willa’s announced it’ll be the new home for the Café con Tampa series, where a weekly guest discusses a number of issues in the whole Tampa Bay region.

Café con Tampa President PJ Summerville says the new location offers plenty of parking and room for the event to expand.

“Willa’s is in a bustling urban area that will provide a new experience for the weekly event,” said Summerville.

Willa’s co-owner Nate Siegel is thrilled to have the neighborhood restaurant as the new host.

Café con Tampa is an incredible benefit to our community and we’re proud to become its new home and to help this special organization continue to grow,” he said.

The topic for this Friday’s discussion is “The Incubation of Stageworks at Grand Central: A Model for Growing the Arts, Real Estate & Community.”

The event is at 8 a.m. and open to the public; admission is $12 per person. Scholarships are available to cover the cost for attendees needing financial assistance.