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Dough Nation - Now Open in Downtown Tampa

Posted on October 13, 2017

DOUGH NATION - Now Open in Downtown Tampa

Introducing the newest addition to downtown Tampa’s array of eats and treats: Dough Nation.

A tasty collaboration by Bob Basham, Outback Steakhouse and PDQ co-founder, and Cliff Barsi, Metropolitan Ministries’ VP of Social Enterprises, Dough Nation cut their ribbons and opened their doors to the public on Friday, October 6th.


With day-long lines ‘round the block, countless appearances and mentions in local media channels, and a steady flow of positive feedback on social, the grand opening was the definition of eatery success.

This Instagram-worthy dessert-shop-with-a-mission serves edible cookie dough in a variety of classic (and not-so-classic) flavors. Diet-friendly choices, including gluten-free and vegan, also grace the tasty menu. They even offer delicious sundaes and shakes with hand-dipped ice cream from local ice-creamery Working Cow. A “take and bake” case is also set up in the shop so customers can bake their dough at home.

During the ribbon cutting, former client and (now) Executive Chef Kristiana shared her journey through the Ministries’ programs and her role in Dough Nation. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon after Mayor Bob Buckhorn extended a warm welcome speech. Afterwards, guests were served complimentary cups of chocolate chip cookie dough and vanilla ice cream, complete with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry.

True to the Ministries’ social enterprise initiatives, Dough Nation is not only a fun new place to indulge in delicious edible cookie dough, but a platform for education for Metro’s Culinary Arts Program students. In addition, all sale profits will directly support hunger programs at the Ministries throughout Tampa Bay.

Dough Nation was the talk of the town in the Tampa Bay charity-world on Friday, and will likely remain talk of the town in the Tampa Bay foodie community for a while. 


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