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Pascal's Artisan Bistro & Gourmet Coffee brings art, upcycling, and elevated comfort food to Davis Islands

DAVIS ISLANDS - Pascal's Artisan Bistro & Gourmet Coffee has come to Davis Islands with the promise of elevated comfort food offerings for breakfast, brunch and lunch while displaying a variety of art from local artists and upcyclers.

The bistro opened last month and already featuring banana bread french toast, and Dave's Eternal Quesadilla, which comes in a spinach tortilla with three different cheeses and a homemade onion jam. For breakfast, the quesadilla is topped with an overeasy egg and guests can add chicken or steak during lunch.

Pascal's operates as a fresh kitchen preparing everything from scratch from its house-cured salmon down to its sauces and condiments such as hummus, ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles and more.

With Tampa recently being dubbed the 12th best foodie city in America and several restaurants frequently opening around the bay, Pascal's believes its scratch kitchen and it's unique flavor on its dishes will distinguish them in this market.

"The Davis Islands area is a community with a lot of foot traffic," said owner Dean Maha, "so the menu is elevated comfort food. In essence, the things people are used to but taken up a notch."

Maha, left his 25-year career in IT to start his first restaurant venue and partnered with his friends Sean Sinback, who serves as the general manager and has years of experience in restaurant front-of-house management, and Chef Lou Colazzo, who has served in several kitchens across Tampa over the last 30 years.

The trio's original vision was to create a small bistro that profiled the work of local artists and uses tables and chairs from upcyclers, but many of the upcyclers did not want to sell their tables and chairs so the trio built and re-designed the space themselves painting the walls, tables and chairs in three and a half months. The work of six local canvas artists adorn the walls.

Maha stole the up-cycling and artwork display idea from Pascal-Désir Maisonneuve, a french artist who lived in the 1800s and had a passion for collecting strange objects or works of art, and placing them in his shop for sale. The bistro is also intentionally named Pascal's after the French artist.

In addition to its signature dishes, Pascal's partners with Tampa-based Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company to offer coffee, macchiato, cappuccino lattes, espresso and more, as well as Revolution Ice Cream for its milkshakes, and Gulf Coast Sourdough & Wild Yeast Breads for its paninis.

Pascal's also offers desserts, vegan and gluten free items such as vegan bread, gluten free pancakes and waffles and more, fresh fruit smoothies such as the "Tampa General" with Kale, mixed berries, and chia seeds, and offers beer and wine, including a selection of six international beers and one Iron City Light from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pascal's aims to host an acoustic music night once a month to highlight local artists as well as a meet the artist night to give the community an opportunity to meet the artists behind the canvases displayed.

Prices range from $10-$14 and Pascal's operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday at 241 E Davis Blvd. For more information visit pascalstampa.com.

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