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The Grand Central District Association turns 15 this year. In honor of that anniversary, participating restaurants along Central Avenue will donate a portion of their proceeds on Tuesday to the association for “Taste of Grand Central.”

Some participating restaurants include Pom Pom’s tea and sandwich shop, Community Café, Casita Taqueria, The Queen’s Head and Old Key West Bar and Grill.

Beginning August 1 restaurants in Grand Central will duke it out in a Battle of the Burg(er). During the entire month of August patrons can vote on their favorite burger online for the People’s Choice Award.

A three-judge panel will also score Grand Central Burgers for a Judges’ Choice award.

New to the mix this year is Engine Rose. The restaurant is owned by the same person who owns Engine 9, where diners can find some pretty interesting burger concoctions on the menu. The Central Avenue location isn’t quite as burger-centric, but it’s likely to put out some mean competition.

There’s also the Burg’s famous (or infamous) double grilled cheese burger in which a hamburger patty is nestled, along with all the fixings, between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

This will be the association’s fourth Battle of the Burg(er).

Grand Central is situated along Central Avenue between 31 Street and 16 Street.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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