Ra, Tampa state rep bet local specialties on the Islanders vs. Lightning

Ra, Tampa state rep bet local specialties on the Islanders vs. Lightning

State Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is so confident in his beloved New York Islanders that he’s willing to make a wager out of it.

Ra and Tampa-area Rep. Jackie Toledo have agreed to send the other some wonderful local delicacies should their squad lose in the Stanley Cup semifinals.

If the Isles prevail, Toledo will send Ra Cuban sandwiches from the Columbia Restaurant, Sunny Key Lime craft beer from Big Storm Brewery and Tampa cigars from JC Newman Cigars.

In the unlikely event they don’t, Ra will send Franklin Square’s nationally recognized A&S Bagels, imported pretzels and Little Bavarians from Plattduetsche Park Restaurant & Biergarten and beer from Lost Farmer Brewing Company, a new craft brewery and tap room in Mineola.

“The only thing that could make getting revenge for last year’s Eastern Conference Finals even sweeter is winning this bet,” said Ra. “I want to thank Rep. Toledo for joining me to promote small businesses as our local economies continue to recover across the country. This is going to be a fun series. Let’s go Isles!”

Toledo’s district includes Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“If you can’t make it to The Barn, consider meeting up with friends and supporting a local business while you support the Islanders’ march to the Stanley Cup,” said Ra.

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