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Shackleton’s and Domenica Macchia part ways

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Domenica Macchia, most recently at MJ’s Martini Jazz and Tapas Lounge has parted ways with Shackleton’s Folly owner Dan Soronen. According to Soronen and Macchia, this split is partly due to a divergent vision of the restaurant’s concept, and partly as a byproduct of the slow pace of opening (Shackleton’s has been seriously delayed by permitting and construction issues). “I’m a bar guy,” says Soronen. “That’s what I was shooting for, a bar with good quality food.” Macchia, on the…

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One of my favorite chefs lands a new gig

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From the Mouth of Tampa Bay: Big news, eaters! A while back I wrote about Dan Soronen’s new project, Shackleton’s Folly. Previously the owner of St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Tavern, Dan was venturing south to the Coquina Key Shopping Plaza (4300 6th St. S) for this new project, named for the Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton.He’s hired a chef. A good one. Domenica Macchia, former chef at MJ’s Martini Jazz and Tapas Lounge (see my rave review of her food here)…

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