Tampa Bay’s Overheard: burger flippin’ and mud slingin’

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Proud Mary’s wheels are turnin’

After a summer of teasing from Mary letting the St. Pete area know that a new Hamburger Mary’s would be moving into the neighborhood, it finally happened. Hamburger Mary’s—or as this location is known, Sunshine City Mary’s—is opened for business. If the first few weeks are any indication, that business won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

The doors opened Aug. 25 and the guests started coming; including a “welcome to the neighborhood” greeting from Punky’s Brian Longstreth. Sunshine City Mary’s is located across from Tyrone Square Mall in the old Hooters building. Anyone who has been to any of the Hamburger Mary’s locations across the country, or one of the other two Bay Area locations, knows that a trip to Mary’s isn’t just about the food (don’t get us wrong, the food is reason enough to go), it’s the show that goes with it.

The entertainment director for Sunshine City Mary’s is a talent you may have heard of before, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Three finalist and 2016 Miss Gay Days, Miss Alexis Mateo. Mateo will be showcasing some of the Bay Area’s best and brightest talents including Dena Cass, Alicia Markstone, Ashlee Bangkx, Kenya Black and more.

If you haven’t made it out yet be sure to call ahead, especially if you want to take in one of the amazing shows like Tea with the Queens on Thursday nights and Sunday School Brunch. Mmm, brunch.

Politics is a battlefield

The battles were waged and the dust has settled and we have withstood another round of elections in the Bay Area, and throughout the state and country. But it’s over, hooray! Well, not completely over. That was just the primary, folks.

The groups of people fighting it out for your vote over the last few months were on the same side. Although it seems many in Tampa Bay didn’t realize primaries were even occurring, with only 28 percent of registered voters in Pinellas County actually voting and less than 19 percent in Hillsborough County. Now we move on to November’s general election with Democrats against Republicans and a few third-party rabble rousers thrown in for good measure.

After all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, neither Dan Fiorini or C.J. Czaia were able to muster a fight against Wengay Newton, who will now go up against Republican Cori Fournier for the soul of District 70.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner lost his bid for clerk of courts to incumbent Pat Frank after another contentious race that had Beckner’s husband, Gil Sainz, taking multiple shots at Frank on social media about her time as clerk of courts.

Gird your loins, we have two more months left!

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