Yurko Nazaruk helped establish Kryjivka, an underground bar designed to duplicate the bunkers (kryjivkas) where the Ukrainian Insurgent Army took cover while battling the Soviet invaders during World War II. “All this material you can show in a museum. But still, how many people come to museum?” Nazaruk asked. “We are trying to help people understand better their own history.”
To enter, a bouncer opens the door and greets you, "Slava Ukraini!" which means, "Glory to Ukraine!", you respond with "Heroyam slava!" which means "Glory to it's heroes." You are given a shot of vodka, then pass through a false bookcase that leads to the secret bunker bar where you can enjoy typical Ukrainian rations or take your best shot at a photo of Stalin with a BB gun.
Enjoy the sunset over the Hillsborough River as you remember the legend o the Tocobaga Indian Princess named Ulele (pronouned you-LAY-lee). This Pocahontas supposedly saved the life of a young Spanish conquistador, Juan Ortiz. The Native-inspired menu comes from the fusion of Tampa's history of Native Americans with the colonists to create the most unique and delectable meals.
Named after Crisostomo Ibarra, the protagonist of the well-known novel, Noli Me Tangere, which was written by the Philippines' national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, comes Crisostomo, a modern twist to this historical literature which offers traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. The walls are filed with drawings of the characters from the novel.
The interiors of Elias resemble a mix of an exquisite Filipino home during the Spanish colonial period and a modern, classy Filipino restaurant in the 21st century. This restaurant is an upscale version of Crisostomo, both owned by one of Manila's finest chefs, Chef Florabel Co Yatco.