Recent Posts by Lori Brown

Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery Opening April 1, 2019 – Preview

World Fusion Gourmet Meets Fast Casual Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery is set to open April 1st...finally. We have all watched and waited. Unfortunately, they encountered some of the same set backs most new restaurants do during build out, which pushed their hopeful opening date of August 2018 back to now. Beginning March 27th, Brass…
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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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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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