TAMPA, Fla. — Welcome to 9 Questions with…, an exclusive Spectrum Bay News 9 feature in which we get to know some of the Bay area’s movers and shakers a little better. It could be a politician, an artist, a first responder, a bartender—just about anyone, really. This week’s 9 Questions features former New World Brewery and current Hooch & Hive manager Dean Rosenberger, who’s done more than plenty for the local music scene. Is there someone you’d like to answer 9 Questions? Let us know!

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Are you a Tampa Bay native? If not, where are you from?

Yes, [born at] MacDill.

How would you describe your job or claim to fame?

Longtime bartender, manager, spiritual janitor.

What’s your favorite Tampa Bay restaurant?

I can find something I like at just about anywhere, and there is a lot of great food all over town. I couldn't pick just one, but I have been going to Babe’s Pizza in Brandon since 1976. Beach Bistro on Anna Maria when I have the time and money… Can you be more specific?

Do you have a personal Tampa Bay “secret spot” and/or “hidden treasure”?


What is your favorite Tampa Bay tradition?

Explaining to tourists that the Columbia Restaurant isn't Cuban food.

What’s one thing many people don’t know about you that you’re willing to share with us?

I taught Sunday School for years as a teen.

If you could change one thing about the Tampa Bay area or your community specifically, what would it be?

I would expand the streetcar system to reach up to Temple Terrace, down to South Tampa/MacDill area and maybe east to Brandon.

What’s the best thing about helping run a place that deals with food, drinks and live music?

Seeing people enjoy their time out and knowing you played an integral part of making that happen.

What’s the worst?

Failing in the above stated mission. There are some people that give me the impression that they will never be happy — not with you, the restaurant, their marriages, their families, jobs… Knowing that I or the staff can't change that is the worst.