by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 21, 2018
Sparkman Wharf, an outdoor food hall, beer garden and creative space, is set to open this fall as part of the mixed-use riverfront development Water Street Tampa.
The wharf's dining area will feature 10 food-and-beverage outlets; each will be housed in a repurposed shipping container decorated with murals by a local art-and-design firm. The outlets include Foundation Coffee; artisan ice-pop maker Whatever Pops; Gallito, a taqueria; Detroit-style square pizza at the Corners Pizza, tapas restaurant Montados; Flock & Stock, an eatery by local restaurateur Dave Burton; Boat Run Oyster Company, featuring sustainably raised oysters and other seafood, and French-Vietnamese fusion eatery BT-In-A-Box. Fermented Reality, the beer garden, or biergarten, as it will be known, will feature more than 30 taps with an emphasis on Florida craft beer, along with wine, iced tea and craft sodas made from natural ingredients. A 3,000-foot-long bar under a shady overhang will provide seating adjacent to the dining collection and biergarten.
The $3 billion Water Street Tampa spans 16 blocks across 50 acres and will feature residences, commercial space and hotels (Tampa Edition and Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina), as well as cultural and public spaces.