Tampa Soul Food Restaurant to be Featured on Food Network

The world-renowned chef and his team of designers are helping struggling restaurateurs get back on their feet after coronavirus pandemic closures by giving them a makeover.

His goal is to save America’s most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with just $ 10,000.

After spending three days with Irvine’s design team, Mr. B’s Southern Cuisine at 3401 N. Nebraska Ave., will reopen with a newly remodeled space along with some menu suggestions from Irvine.

Like all restaurants in Tampa Bay, Calvin Jefferson said his restaurant was hit by the coronavirus pandemic although he was able to offer his diners their dose of soul food with take out.

He describes his offerings as “soul food with a twist”.

“It’s not just your grandmother’s traditional cooking,” Jefferson said. “Once you taste it, we have a saying here, you will be stung by the bee.”

In fact, the bee is the restaurant’s mascot, and locally sourced honey is included in a number of menu items, including MB’s signature honey hot sauce.

Mr. B’s menu features Southern comfort food including hot honey chicken and waffles, sausage sauce and cookies, Cuz’N B shrimp and grits, fried fish and oatmeal. , liver and onions, meatloaf, oxtails and Cuz’N B.’s famous Bar-BQ ribs with sides like collard greens, cabbage, okra and tomatoes and peas with black eyes.

While all reservations for the grand reopening are full, residents looking for soul food can visit Mr. B’s for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.

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