Grille One Sixteen | By Ronda M. Parag
Upon entering Grille One Sixteen, one might think they are in the city of Miami or New York. Former Hops Grill & Bar executives, Tom Schelldorf and Terence Terenzi sold Hops in 1997, but stayed on in operations until 2000. Knowing the Tampa market has been a great advantage for this team, and with a new concept, the pair opened the original Grille One Sixteen in Carrollwood in 2007, and recently opened a sister location in south Tampa, across the street from the former South Tampa Hops.
The concept is to provide a "freshly elevated" dining experience. "From the culinary concept to customer service, we've wrapped it in a chic and metropolitan atmosphere," Terenzi says.
The décor of the dining room combines dark wood, white leather chairs and dramatic lighting within an open, contemporary feel. The bar is separated from the main dining area with higher topped cream marble tables and chairs with natural stone accenting the bar back. The bar features hand-crafted cocktails with fresh squeezed juices, hand-sliced fruit and even customized ice. "Your last sip tastes as good as your first," Terenzi promises.
The menu items in both locations are the same and are described as "American Contemporary," however the south Tampa location is open for dinner while the north Tampa location serves lunch. "We take classic American dishes and update them to today's taste profiles," said Terenzi. "All of the steaks are organic and 100 percent hormone free and our fish is brought in daily for the freshest fish possible." Begin the experience with popular appetizer menu items including the Kobe Sliders served with wasabi mustard, horseradish, pickle and carmelized shallots, the grilled Walkers Wood Shrimp served with spicy lemon butter sauce, or the fried strips of tender calamari served with lemon herb aioli. Dinner favorites are the Signature Center Filet offered in 8 or 12 oz., Chilean Sea Bass, Pan Seared Scallops and be sure to order a side of the Four Cheese Mac. Ideal for sharing and a delightful finale should be the house specialty — 4 Hot Now Donuts topped with carmel, raspberry and chocolate sauces. M
Grille One Sixteen
South Tampa – 813.350.0216
North Tampa – 813.265.0116
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