Tampa Bay Business Journal: February 1, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses how Tampa business leaders are preparing for change in the Cuba embargo, the new Crêpe Café coming to Tampa, and why the Book of Lists party was rescheduled.

A grassroots group of Tampa business leaders and organizations are making preparations to insure the city makes its mark in history. The coalition called the Tampa Accord wants Tampa to be the site when a future agreement is signed ending the U.S. embargo with Cuba.

"The full plan is not completed," said William E. Carlson Jr., president of Tucker/Hall, a Tampa-based consulting firm with experience in Cuba matters. "We want to keep Tampa in the center of the Cuba dialogue."

A signing event would put Tampa in a spotlight similar to when the city hosted the Republican National Convention in 2012.

A new restaurant is coming to Tampa. In early March, Flying Pan Café and Crêpes is scheduled to open at 2702 West Kennedy Boulevard, the former site of Bin 27 Bistro. Right now the only Flying Pan location is in Brazil.

Prices will be moderate with single crêpes ranging from $4 to $8. The owners picked Tampa as the Flying Pan's first U.S. location because the city's demographics are well-rounded.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal's annual Book of Lists party is postponed to March 21. The reason? Changes at Raymond James Stadium.

Buccaneers fans will understand when the team plays its first home pre-season in August.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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