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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House Has New Owners

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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Beans & Barlour Secures New Prime Location on Central Ave in Downtown

Beans & Barlour's New Location at 407 Central Ave Balances Out this "Foodie Block" Nicely Beans & Barlour's owner, Story Stuart tells St. Pete Foodies that they are taking over the location that currently houses Salad Chop. (Before that, it was The Cupcake Spot and 28 Grams Pizza.) Here at St. Petersburg Foodies, we feel…
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Breaking News: Kosher New York Bagels in Downtown St Pete

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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Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar and Alto Mare Fish Bar Get New Owners

Volet Hospitality Takes Over Popular Beach Drive Eateries, Annata & Alto Mare Congratulations to Jacob Linzey and Ashley Castillo as the new owners of two of the best restaurants in St. Petersburg. We'd like to thank Chris DiNeno, Broker/Owner of the EnterDine Group @ Main Street & Main, for connecting us so we can bring you…
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A Tale of “Two Graces” Set To Open by Year’s End in St Petersburg

Every ounce of good news is certainly welcome this year, wouldn't you say? We caught wind of the possible opening of a second Grace Restaurant possibly near downtown St Pete, so we caught up with the dynamic husband and wife team, Chef Marlin Kaplan and Lisa Masterson, co-owners of Grace, for some answers. And the…
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Local Chef And Restaurateur Opening Digital Butcher Shop

Chef David Benstock and Team to Offer Chef-Inspired Meats and More at St. Pete Meat & Provisions Via Press Release - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- One of the most well-respected chefs in the Tampa Bay area, Chef David Benstock, has shifted his concepts to adapt to the times, and he’s not done yet. Benstock announced…
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Gracie Pasta & Provisions Expands to Downtown St. Pete Sept 2020

If you haven't heard of Gracie Pasta & Provisions, then you've been missing out. Last April, (yeah, I know, COVID crap and all that), Gracie, under the same ownership, quietly opened next door to super popular Pass-a-Grille eatery, Grace Restaurant. As you can see on the card below, Gracie Pasta & Provisions is an artisanal…
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Breaking News: Cafe Ponte to Shutter its Doors For Good…

The iconic Cafe Ponte, opened by Chef Chris Ponte in 2002, has closed its doors for good. When they shut down "for the foreseeable future" on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19, they did not know they would never reopen, however Chef Chris has since made that very tough decision. This news will be a…
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Louie’s Italian Eatery – Virtual Restaurant Launch

In the wake of COVID-19, Louie Spetrini, Managing Partner, and Rocco Rinaldi, Partner of Nueva Cantina have launched Louie's Italian Eatery. It is a virtual restaurant, which is a restaurant inside of another restaurant exclusively for delivery with online ordering only. (There are also "ghost kitchens”, which have no retail presence and essentially serve as…
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Flûte & Dram Announces Exclusive “Fool’s Gold” Buffalo Trace Bourbon

St. Petersburg’s rich food and beverage culture just gained a new bourbon courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world and is only made with the finest corn, rye and barley malt. Buffalo Trace was also named Whisky Magazine’s 2020 Distiller Of The…
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Grace Restaurant Expands to Gracie Pasta & Provisions

Speaking with Chef and Co-Owner of Grace Restaurant, Marlin Kaplin, by phone yesterday, we learned of their new endeavor, Gracie Pasta & Provisions. Right next to their current location, coming in May 2020, they will have an Italian market where they make fresh pasta every day. There will be pasta-making classes as well. You will…
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Win Free Dole Whip For a Year!

This is Pacific Counter's way of saying Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) to one lucky winner. Fill out the form below for a chance to win free Dole Whip for a year. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. DUPLICATE NAMES OR EMAILS WILL HAVE ALL ENTRIES FROM THAT PERSON REMOVED FROM QUALIFYING. Contest is closed. The…
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