Mortar & Pestle: Coffee, Food, Alcohol? Sounds Like a Good Time!

There are a lot of opinions about this restaurant. Lets see what the Exploring Tampa crew thinks!
Mortar & Pestle, 2019
Coming from the ashes of a popular food truck, Mortar & Pestle is a concept that thrives to bring back the old timey pharmacies. You know the ones... You go to get a soda from the fountain, you wander the aisles, make your way to the lunch counter, then leave with your prescriptions. Located on the same block as local favorites Angry Chair Brewing and Trip's Diner, there's no lack of business to be had. This is also one of the few places in Seminole Heights with a real parking lot. Had you never read a review of this place and had you not heard about their filing for bankruptcy, you'd be impressed. The inside of the building is a hipster's paradise, with the industrial looking tables and chairs, the high ceiling, the steampunk-esque inspired decor. The inside of this building is cool. Next door is also a fully functional pharmacy that I wasn…

BREAKING: Hillsborough County Votes to Relocate Confederate Monument

The controversial monument now has a new home.

Monument in its current location, 2017

Hillsborough County has found a new home for the controversial confederate monument next to the county courthouse in Downtown Tampa. The new location will be located at the Brandon Family Cemetery in Brandon, Fl. The vote was a 4-2 in favor of the move. Hillsborough County commissioners Hagan and White were the only two to oppose the move. 

The other side, 2017

Half the battle was finding a location that suited the monument. Mayor Bob Buckhorn made it clear to Hillsborough County that the placement of the monument in Downtown Tampa would hinder our message of diversity, and the original location (Oaklawn Cemetery) was off the table because of it's proximity to primarily African-American establishments. The Brandon Family Cemetery reached out to the commissioners for relocation as the family has a history with the confederate army, thus removing the statue from public land and moving it onto private property.

The text, 2017

The biggest advantage to the move comes from the cemetery vowing to take care of the monument, thus removing the cost from the tax payers. It should also make for a good compromise among both parties as the statue no longer rests just outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse and the statue will still be available for viewing in the public eye. 

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