Tampa Bay Business Journal: October 25, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the innovations being created by five local restaurateurs, the impact social media is having on employers and employees, and the winners of the annual Best in the Biz survey.

The Tampa Bay area continues to evolve as a destination for foodies. Five local restaurateurs are coming up with innovative new concepts.

For example, Richard Gonzmart and the Columbia Restaurant Group are in the process of renovating the historical Water Works Building in Tampa Heights.

"It's important to me to maintain the integrity of what the building was," said Gonzmart

When construction is completed in the Spring of 2013, the building will be the home of Ulele, a Native American-inspired restaurant and brewery.

The Florida Senate is considering a bill that would ban employers from asking their employees or any job candidates for their social media account passwords. It would also ban employers from retaliating against any employee who refuses to give access to their accounts.

Business leaders say for the most part that is not a problem.

"I don't see companies using this regularly as a recruiting tool," said Tampa employment lawyer Ed McKenna. "I don't think it's very common, and I would encourage them not to."

The more common problem seems to be employees who take to social media to complain about their manager or company.

This week the Tampa Bay Business Journal announced the winner in its third annual Best in the Biz: Readers' Choice Awards.

There were 63 different categories for people to vote in. Among the surprises: The Centre Club in Tampa won for Favorite Business Lunch and Favorite Business Dinner, and Dunkin' Donuts beat out Starbucks for Favorite Coffee Joint.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-r_hIPSIAY or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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