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Pulpo Kitchen + Lounge from Brick & Mortar and Sea Worthy Team Opens in June 2024

Chef Jason Ruhe and wife Hope Montgomery are opening their third restaurant in June 2024. Their first two eateries have consistently been given high marks – Brick & Mortar Kitchen + Wine Bar in downtown St. Pete, and Sea Worthy Fish + Bar in Tierra Verde have been open nine and four years respectively. The […]

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The Foodie Labs Making Its Debut Connecting Food, Art and Science


Ghost Kitchens, Commissary, and Test Kitchens Coming to St. Pete + Event Space The Foodie Labs, a brand new culinary center, connects the world of food with art while providing a creative showcase for chefs, virtual restaurants, caterers and foodies. The lab, located in the Warehouse Arts District on the ArtsXChange campus, contains eight commercial […]

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St. Petersburg Wins 2023 Tampa Bay Food Fight

Tampa Bay Food Fight 2023

Social Roost’s Chef Susan Burdian Captains St. Pete for the Win Via Press Release from Social Roost – This past Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023, Social Roost participated in the Tampa Bay Food Fight (TBFF), a charity benefiting Metropolitan Ministries. TBFF is an annual event hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa; with Battle […]

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Smoke Fades & Embers Cool as Dr. BBQ the Restaurant Serves It’s Last Meal

Dr BBQ Mural on the North Facing Wall Easily Visible from the Roundabout on Central Ave at 11th St.

Dr. BBQ The Restaurant (and Burnt Ends Tiki Bar) has closed ending a four year run. Owned by The Datz Restaurant Group, the restaurant’s 7,935-square-foot building at 1101 Central Ave., was sold to PTM Partners back in August 2022 for $4.5 million. Co-owners Roger and Suzanne Perry of the Datz Restaurant Group leased the building […]

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Red Mesa Group to Open New Restaurant in Two Graces Spot, Plus New Food Truck

Quatro Food Truck

Via Press Release: The St. Petersburg-based Red Mesa Group (RMG) is expanding with two new foodie destinations. In September 2022, RMG will unveil Quatro, its new Americana cuisine food truck situated in front of Green Bench Brewing Company, located next to the original Red Mesa Mercado in St. Petersburg, Florida. In winter 2022-2023, RMG will […]

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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Highlights New Summer Menu Items

George's Bank Scallops

The restaurant traditionally known for its relaxed coastal cuisine, has introduced a new menu to bring Nouveau American Cuisine to Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. Director of Culinary, Chef Nick Ocando says, “The new summer menu items are thoughtful and welcoming with a strong focus on high quality ingredients treated with respect.” The new […]

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Breaking News: Noble Crust Announces a New Concept – Noble Tavern Off The Farm

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Noble Crust owners Jeff Strouse, Tj Theilbar, Tim Curci and Chris Sweeney in a joint venture with Anthony Menna, president and owner of Menna Development & Management, will be opening their new concept Noble Tavern Off The Farm. This will bring the Off The Cuff Concepts restaurant portfolio to three concepts which also include Noble […]

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22 South Food Hall & Jordan Dance Hall Brought Back to Life by Urban Collective

Back in 2013, The Historic Manhattan Casino’s first floor was home to Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant. That ended in 2016. In 2018 Vincent Jackson, Ramon Hernandez and Mario Farias opened Callaloo. It was later transformed into 22 South Food Hall in April 2021. Unfortunately, the hall’s majority owner, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson, […]

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Gigi’s 4th Street St. Pete Location Sold

Gigis St. Pete Location

Unstoppable Restaurateur Josh Cameron Strikes Again UPDATE: November 6, 2021 – A Mano Italian Ristorante is the new name of this location. A funny thing happened on Josh Cameron’s search for a commissary kitchen. He bought St. Pete icon, Gigi’s Italian Restaurant’s 4th St. location. We’re starting to think that Josh never sleeps. I arranged a […]

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“Where’s Jubes” Australian Brewpub Opening in DTSP

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Former Lucky Dill Deli Spot Transformed by Restaurateur Josh Cameron One of the things you don’t often notice or think about when strolling on the 200 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete is that some of the buildings have a second floor. This includes the building on the corner of Central Ave & 3rd […]

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New Beans & Barlour Location Opens in Snell Arcade

Beans & Barlour’s New Location Opens Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – Early Sneak Peek Beans & Barlour is now located at 407 Central Avenue in Snell Arcade. (The space housed Salad Chop for a short while, and before that, it was The Cupcake Spot and 28 Grams Pizza.) Here at St. Petersburg Foodies, we feel […]

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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Has New Owners

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House

St. Petersburg Residents Shawn & Jeanna Damkoehler partner with Volet Hospitality to purchase popular Beach Drive Eatery Psst…(whispering) “Did you hear about 400 Beach?” We had this whispered to us many times in the past few weeks. However, being the upstanding media outlet that we are, we decided to wait for the official word. It’s official today, […]

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Chef David Benstock of IL Ritorno to Compete on Beat Bobby Flay


IL Ritorno and St. Pete Meat & Provisions Owner Announces His Food Network Competition Via Press Release from Hype Group — David Benstock, Executive Chef and Owner of IL Ritorno and St. Pete Meat & Provisions, both in Downtown St. Petersburg, will compete on Food Network’s hit series Beat Bobby Flay on May 20 in […]

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St. Pete Meat & Provisions to Transform into Larger, More Versatile Butcher Shop

St. Pete Meat & Provisions

High Demand for Restaurant Quality, Sustainable Meats Fuels Expansion at St. Pete Meat & Provisions In August 2020, Chef David Benstock and partners opened St. Pete Meat & Provisions as a web-based butcher shop. With the pandemic shaping at-home cooking trends, it proved well enough to soon become a small brick & mortar, sharing space […]

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Breaking News: Kosher New York Bagels in Downtown St Pete

Beans & Barlour Airstream: Assorted NY Bagels

UPDATE: MARCH 8, 2021: Bagels will be available at the Beans & Barlour brick & mortar location at 538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Previously, they planned to have them at the new airstream location. They are now opening at 9 am instead of 10:30. Beginning this Saturday, March 6th a brand new kosher […]

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