Upscale fast food restaurant Nojaks will open next week in downtown Tampa

In September, Nojaks announced that their long-awaited restaurant was set to debut in mid-October. Instead, the joint, which is expected to have a generous amount of vegan fare, will open next week at 305 N. Polk St. across from The Hub.

The fast-casual restaurant is a partnership between Tampa Bay culinary minds Wesley Rodrick and Anthony Masters, who was the executive sous chef at On Swann.

According to his website“[Nojaks] believe[s] serving whole, unprocessed, and as natural foods as possible.” Oh, and if you didn’t know, Nojak’s stands for No jackshit. “Which just means, nothing fake.”

The concept lives this by working with local farms and small artisan producers nationwide to create its seasonal menus.

That means homemade buns baked daily, preservative-free and vegan. The sandwiches on the menu include the Classic Nojak with a vegetable patty and a special sauce. If you are a meat lover, you can have the All-American Nojak with beef and cheddar cheese. Another is the NFT Supreme with super crispy brined tofu with homemade pickles and ranch.

Side dishes range from oven-roasted potatoes with gravy to a house salad and crisp vegetable salad. There’s also a drinks list with cold brew, natural wine, local beer, and Boylan Bottling Company sodas.

The first day of service is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17. Lunch service at Nojaks runs from 11am to 2:30pm Tuesday to Saturday. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner service Thursday through Saturday. We know what you’re thinking, what about the late night bites service for those crawling downtown? Fear not, Nojaks will also be open from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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