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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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Capital Tacos to Open 2nd Location in St. Petersburg

Capital Tacos Tyrone Location to Open Spring 2019 After opening their first St. Petersburg location this past summer, Capital Tacos found out that St. Petersburgers are big fans of their unique Tex-Mex fare—big enough to open another St. Pete Location. The new location will open "within the next few months" at 6802 22nd Ave. N.—across…
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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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Say Hello to My Little Friend!

Amigos Tortilla Bar Friends & Family So what's up with a square taco? "More filling and less spilling!"   "We developed a tortilla machine that cuts dough into our signature SQUARE shape. It’s not a gimmick – its functional. A folded square tortilla holds more filling with less spilling! Our tortillas are made with traditional…
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The Artisan Gulfport – Art & Food Collective

Pinellas County's First Food Hall Unless you've been living under a lava rock, you may have noticed that food halls are a thing. They are big spaces carved up into a bunch of smaller eateries and retail, kind of like a mall food court, but way cooler with artisan food and drink offerings (instead of…
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Fish Tales Space Refreshed by Local Established Restaurateurs

Owners of Munches, Callaloo, The Galley, Johnny Reno's Take Over UPDATE: OCT. 31, 2018: The Big Catch at Salt Creek is the new name of the restaurant A reliable anonymous source tells us that the former Fish Tales location at the Harborage Marina will be taken over by established locals; Larry Munch of Munch's (est. 1952 and featured…
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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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The Left Bank Bistro Opens in St. Pete

The Left Bank Bistro is a new St. Pete restaurant in the Historic Uptown / Crescent Heights area of town. It's located on MLK a couple of blocks north of Hook's. It's best described as "accessible French cuisine, coffee & cocktails in an intimate, inviting setting." They are now open for business in phase 1, which…
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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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Saké 23 Takes Over Souzou Space – Grand Opening Fri Sept 21

Quietly, back in April 2018, 23 Restaurant Services, while in town for their buildout of Ford's Garage and Yeoman's Cask & Ale, stumbled upon Souzou Asian Kitchen and bought it. They've been running it as Souzou for months. The transformation is now complete, and Saké 23 debuts this weekend with their Grand Opening Events: Friday, 9/21…
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