Sara DiNatale, Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

Sara DiNatale

Retail, Tourism and Workplace Culture Reporter

I’m a Buffalo native who has been thawing out in Florida since joining the Tampa Bay Times in 2015. I started as a night cops reporter in Tampa. But these days, I’m running to new grocery stores instead of crime scenes. As our retail, tourism and workplace culture reporter, I’m able to use my sleuth-shopper skill set and eye for trends combined with my favorite pastime, telling stories. I search out topics I know will resonate with readers and get them thinking or talking. I’m a coupon clipper, yogi novice and eyeglasses enthusiast. You’ll rarely spot me on the weekend without my mini schnauzer, Addy, in tow. We’re regulars at St. Petersburg’s Dog Bar and the area’s several dog parks. So feel free to say hi or give us a news tip. Addy gives great high-fives.

Tampa Bay’s WingHouse acquired by Jacksonville company for $18 million

Ken Jones, CEO of Third Lake Capital, has sold WingHouse for $18 million to a Jacksonville restaurant company. [Times 2016]
Tampa’s Third Like Capital now major shareholder in restaurant’s new owners.

Don CeSar lawyers ask court for gag order in liquid nitrogen case

The Don CeSar Hotel is caught up in a lawsuit over liquid nitrogen being served and causing injuries at its restaurant. [Times (2011)]
They say the other side has made inflammatory and misleading statements to the media.

Uber Pet launches in Tampa Bay

Col. Jennifer Crossman smiles as Boomer, a 5-year-old dog, sits in the passenger seat of her car during the firefighter challenge at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. [Times (2016)] Tampa Bay Times
Uber customers can now be connected with willing animal chauffeurs — for a fee.

St. Pete’s Hofbräuhaus faces eviction, lawsuit says

Alexandra Toigo, 32 and Sabrina Pourghassem, 23, pose for a photo at Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg holding their signature beer mugs during Oktoberfest 2018.
The beer hall’s property owners filed a lawsuit saying the restaurant missed its rent starting in August.

Cracker Barrel buys Maple Street Biscuit Co. in $36 million deal

The Maple Street Biscuit Company opened in April on the 600 block of Central Avenue. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
The popular Jacksonville biscuit shop has recently opened a handful of Tampa Bay locations.