An edible cookie dough cafe is now open in downtown Tampa, bringing Instagram-worthy desserts to the urban core.
Dough Nation opened Friday at 505 N. Tampa St., in a space previously occupied by Inside the Box. It's closed on Mondays and opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
It features nine flavors of edible cookie dough, from basics like chocolate chip and sugar cookie to s'mores and vegan coconut macaroon. There's also ice cream and cookies — and combinations of the two, like sundaes and milkshakes. Single cookie dough scoops are $4; sundaes, which include a scoop of ice cream and cookie dough, are $9.
Dough Nation is a Metropolitan Ministries project. The cafe serves as a training ground for the homeless outreach group's culinary training program, and all of the proceeds benefit Metropolitan Ministries' hunger programs. Inside the Boxwas part of the same program.
“I own the property where Dough Nation is now and it is where Inside the Boxwas for years," Basham said in a statement. "When we first talked about Inside the Box, I said, 'I'll donate the space to you.' The idea is to do social enterprise, create some jobs and give an opportunity to some clients who come through there."