Kosher Eatery Opens in Tampa, FL

Last updated: May 8, 2013

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UPDATE 2: We spoke with local Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Uriel Rivkin of the Young Israel of Tampa, and he confirmed that the restaurant DOES NOT have a Orthodox hashgacha. We also called into the restaurant and were not given a clear answer from the owner or manager as to what the “kosher” supervision actually is. It is not recommended to eat at this location until further notice.

UPDATE: We are currently looking into the hashgacha situation. Proceed with caution.


While Kosher caterers exist in this Western FL city, no kosher restaurant is around to feed observant families or business travelers to Tampa … until now.

Yummy Grill has just opened down the block from the USF campus in the University Mall, in the food court next to the Chik-Fil-A, becoming the first kosher restaurant in the Tampa area.

The restaurant is closed on Shabbat and has a local kosher hashgacha.

The Israeli/Mediterranean style menu includes falafels, salads, beef hot dogs, burgers, hummus, and shawarma.
The Israeli owner, Avi Levanon, hopes this could be the beginning of a franchised kosher restaurant chain.

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  • Restaurant already closed.

    • Rumor has it they are moving to a shul and getting certification.

      • Tamar, can we confirm this? Thanks. Where you getting your info from?

        • You can call them again with the number I gave you. I told you, my sister keeps Kosher and lives in Tampa. She usually gets all her Kosher food from 4 hours south in Hollywood/North Miami Beach. Having a Kosher eatery is a big deal to these guys. :)

  • DS

    In theory, this is a good idea. I’d suggest that there could be an influx of kosher restaurants around the country by doing the following: offer something good and solid. A solid concept is needed, like falafel, or Asian food, or something like that. Keep it vegetarian/dairy, get local rabbis willing to certify free of charge, as a service, and this would likely work well. Look at the popularity of Maoz, for instance.