Recent Posts by Lori Brown

Where’s the Best Fried Chicken in St Petersburg, FL 2019?

I don't make fried chicken at home, but as a child my mother did, and from what I recall it was finger licking good. My mother is from Georgia so she knows southern cooking. Did she way over cook vegetables? Definitely, but I think most moms in her era did. So when I see fried…
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Beantown Pub South Boasts Celebrated New England Chef, Mike Nappi

Beantown Pub South opened in July 2018 with the same original menu as their only other location Beantown Pub in Boston. Here's the original writeup we published after they opened. Since opening, owner Roger Zeghibe, has noticed that the offerings that are favorites in Boston aren't all flying off the menu in St Petersburg. In…
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Sophia’s Cucina & Enoteca Brought to You by the Owners of Lolita’s

Kelly and Chef Alex Rodriguez, owners of the extremely popular Lolita's Wine Bar, are dipping their talents into a new concept in the Grand Central District. Their new restaurant, Sophia's Cucina & Enoteca, is located in the space formerly occupied by The Hive, which closed in May 2018. Following in the footsteps of Lolita's named…
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The Independent St Pete To Add An Outdoor Cafe

The Independent Bar, a downtown St Pete institution, will be adding an Outdoor Café to its location at the corner of Central and 11th St. in the EDGE District. “We are very excited to bring our Café fare to The Edge District. We have been planning this expansion for two years, and now we have…
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The Galley Set To Expand Next Door with “The Ship’s Hold”

Demand is calling for an expansion of the The Galley. “I pop by often, for lunch, meetings, or a quick pilsners-and-policy chat with other patrons,” said Councilwoman Gina Driscoll. “It’s such a popular neighborhood spot sometimes I have trouble finding a seat!” Co-owners, Ian Taylor & Pete Boland, will take on more space on 4th…
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No Vacancy: Where You Can Eat, Drink, St Pete and Vacay Everyday

On Thursday night, we were invited to a pre-opening party for No Vacancy. Quite honestly we weren't sure what to expect. No Vacancy currently occupies the former King's Street space and is the brainchild of Stephen Schrutt of The Hunger + Thirst Group which also includes The Avenue and Park & Rec. Schrutt said that…
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New Rococo Style Fabulous Sunday Brunch

A couple of months ago Rococo Steak started opening at 11am for Sunday brunch. Kevin and I were invited in to photograph and taste a few of the brunch items. Brunch is done a lot downtown and we have covered quite a few of them, so I was really not quite sure what to expect.…
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Asie To Become Luna Loca – Serving Up A Latin Asian Fusion Twist

We sat down with Jason Saal, GM, of La V Vietnamese Fusion, Asie and Nouvelle Beauty Bar, and were given some exciting news. Asie's last day will be Wednesday, November 21st. The restaurant will shut down for a week and then reopen as Luna Loca (which means Crazy Moon in Spanish) on Friday, November 30th.…
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Alto Mare Fish Bar To Open With a Splash On Beach Drive

Mazzaro's owners, Kurt and Mary Cuccaro, are set to open a new restaurant named Alto Mare Fish Bar, mid-November/early December right next door to Annata. (Alto Mare means deep sea in Italian.) It will be located where the Hooker Tea Co. used to be. The restaurant is a seafood concept with a Hamptons seaside coastal airy…
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Bacchus – A European Wine & Cheese Specialty Market Set to Open Mid December

There are many restaurants downtown in which you can order fantastic wine, cheese and charcuterie to eat in-house, but where downtown can you go buy specialty wines, cheese and charcuterie to make and serve at home? Nowhere, until now. Come mid-December Bacchus (named after the Roman god of wine), a European inspired specialty market, will…
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Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi Grand Opening This Friday, October 5th

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a fast-casual Pan-Asian restaurant that is opening its first Tampa Bay area location in downtown St. Petersburg. The 2,700 sq. ft. location is located at 320 Third Street South – in the base of the Camden Pier District apartment building, formerly AER. The grand opening is tomorrow, October 5th.…
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Saigon Blonde Partners With La V

Saigon Blonde recently opened to great acclaim several months ago on Central Ave in the old LUX location. Currently it is a bar that transports you to an atmosphere that is most assuredly Asian and makes you feel like you are on vacation on a lush tropical Asian Isle. But they were missing one thing…
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