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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 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 phone call with him the other day, and he told me he would be coming […]

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“Where’s Jubes” Australian Brewpub Opening in DTSP

Where's Jubes Logo

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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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

Two Graces - Heirloom Tomato Panzanella with fried pistachios and orange blossom water

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

St. Pete Meat & Provisions Logo

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

Lasagne Bolognese

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…

CP Front Doors

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

Buffalo Trace Fool's Gold 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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