Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2017
For More Information contact:
Ariel DeWitt

Metropolitan Ministries is Set to Bring Food with a side of Hope to the Heights

Metropolitan Ministries is Set to Bring Food

with a Side of Hope to The Heights

“Inside the Box” and organization’s first community garden

to join lineup of unique eateries at The Heights Public Market


TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2017) Metropolitan Ministries is expanding its “Inside the Box” concept by opening a fifth location in The Heights Public Market, allowing visitors to enjoy contemporary Americana dishes while simultaneously giving back to the community.


Located inside SoHo Capital’s redeveloped Armature Works along Tampa’s Riverwalk, Inside the Box’s sale proceeds will directly support the hunger programs of Metropolitan Ministries throughout Tampa Bay. The newest outpost will utilize only locally sourced and produced fare including in-house roasted, cured, and smoked meats as well as freshly caught seafood, artisan cheeses, specialty sandwiches and salads. Additionally, the grocery market will offer a unique line of locally grown produce including breads, dressings, spreads, and specialty items.


Inside The Box will also feature a community garden, providing all other vendors at The Heights Public Market the opportunity to plant produce and herbs to foster a true “grassroots” feel. 


Both Inside the Box and its community garden will be supported and staffed by Metropolitan Ministries Culinary Arts Program (CAP) students, allowing them to gain the skills needed to overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. Currently, 88% of CAP graduates gain employment, including at some of Tampa’s finest restaurants.


“We’re thrilled to see the revitalization of our Tampa Heights neighborhood and with the opportunity bring our Inside the Box social enterprise to The Heights Public Market,” said Metropolitan Ministries CEO and President Tim Marks. “This location will be a wonderful addition to our other outposts, featuring our widest selections of local offerings; partnering with SoHo Capital and The Heights team provides a fantastic opportunity to not only share great food with the community, but also to further our mission here.”


The Armature Works building, a 70,000-square-foot former storage and maintenance facility for Tampa’s streetcars, is being repurposed to house The Heights Public Market, multiple event spaces, a shared workspace, a rooftop social area and two restaurants. Upon completion, the facility will house more than 300 employees.


Slated to open in the summer of 2017, The Heights Public Market (HPM) will include an array of unique food concepts designed and operated by local restaurateurs and chefs. Signature offerings will include everything from distinctive cocktails, craft beers, fresh breads and gourmet sandwiches to the finest cheeses and charcuterie, coffee, fresh flowers as well as a pizza parlor, ramen shop and bakery. HPM will also feature Show + Tell, an interactive kitchen that will host educational cooking classes, corporate team-building activities and pop-up dinners in collaboration with The Heights Public Market tenants. 


Previously announced partners in The Heights Public Market include:

  • Ichicoro Ramen – A mod, casual authentic Ramen restaurant serving soulful, delicious food and beverages.

  • Union by Commune + Co – A local coffee company equipped with a fleet of trikes to share the company’s flagship iced coffee product, Pressure Brew, at area events.

  • Fine and Dandy – A cocktail emporium focusing on package sales, craft cocktail kits and classes.

  • Butcher & BBQ – A boutique butcher showcasing charcuterie and artisan cheeses.

Ava – A pizzeria serving rustic, wood-fired pizzas, salads and assorted paninis that have been created exclusively for The Heights Public Market, with a 900-degree, Italian-made Acunto oven.





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