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New Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas

New Chef Brings Elevated Cuisine to St. Pete Beach’s Waterfront Castile Restaurant, the beautiful waterfront dining destination located in St. Pete Beach, announces Nicolas Lebas as its new Executive Chef and unveils new Mediterranean-inspired culinary menus. The French-born toque brings his signature Southern French influences and worldly experience to the Mediterranean restaurant for a worldly…
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Club Savor – St. Pete’s New Dining Discount Club

Savor Your Food & Save Your Money with Club Savor Two of the biggest challenges to being a serious foodie are keeping your waistline in check, and also keeping your budget in check. There are several gyms to help with the first problem, and Club Savor to help with the second one. Club Savor just…
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Donald Trump Honored by Burger in St. Petersburg

The Trump Tower Burger Debuts at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House in St. Pete Beach Sources Say Putin is Pissed that St. Petersburg Russia Didn't Think of it First, Wants to Change City's Name Back to Leningrad According to the press release: "In the spirit of the Presidential Inauguration this month, Boulevard Burgers & Tap…
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Gratzzi Owners to Open Spacco Italian Grill in Sarasota

Spacco Italian Grill to Open in January 2017 Update: Here's our review of Spacco Italian Grill The owners of Gratzzi Italian Grille; the enduring, bustling, thriving mecca in Downtown St. Pete, will be opening a new Italian restaurant in Sarasota—another great foodies destination—in mid-to-late January. Domenic D'Angelo, Co-Owner & General Manager, and Tony Mangiafico, Executive…
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Proper Kitchen & Cocktails Opens December 2, 2016

Downtown St. Pete residents are thrilled with the much anticipated opening of Proper Kitchen & Cocktails, but no one as much as owner Stephen Shrutt. It's been a long road to getting Proper open. At one point we were anticipating having Proper's barbecue for 4th of July celebrations. Then we thought it would be Labor Day.…
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An Exclusive Sneak Peek of The Back Room at The Mill

The Mill Restaurant became an instant phenomenon in Downtown St Pete since its opening in July 2015. They are so popular that on some nights they have wait times that can run hours long and the food is so good that people are willing to wait. They also have had to turn away large parties…
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The St Pete Culinary Center – What exactly is it and how can you help?

In short, the mission statement for the The St. Pete Culinary Center is "a not-for-profit organization created to provide at-risk youth and young adults with top-notch culinary training, thereby empowering them to build successful careers and lead rewarding lives." The project, which has been months in the making, was spearheaded by Chef Ted Dorsey and…
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Nueva Cantina VIP Grand Opening November 1, 2016

Nueva Cantina held their ribbon cutting and private VIP grand opening last night from 6:00 - 8:00. "That Mexican Place" took over the spot that used to be El Gallo Grande. The former restaurant had polarized reviews from inconsistencies caused by above average staff turnover. That's a thing of the past now as General Manager…
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New Bar “The Galley” Opening in DTSP at Year End

Pete Boland and Ian Taylor have taken over the space that formerly housed Reno Downtown Joint at 27 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. They are currently working on the buildout of their new bar, "The Galley". Pete and Ian are both native locals to St. Pete, and they are a small minority of…
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Chef Jason Cline Opens Poké Rose: Coming January 2017

Chef Jason Cline, former Executive Chef at The Birch & Vine in Downtown St. Petersburg, will be opening his first location with his new restaurant concept; Poké Rose. (Pronounced 'Po-Kay'.) The restaurant will be opening in January in the Bay area's first food hall, called The Hall on Franklin at 1701 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602. Multiple…
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Chef / Co-Owner of Gratzzi to Open The Grateful Taco

Tony Mangiafico, well-known and renowned Chef & Co-Owner of Gratzzi Italian Grille, will soon be opening The Grateful Taco, a Mexican Restaurant on St. Pete Beach. It will be located at 5955 Gulf Winds Drive, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. This is the location right next to Boulevard Burgers and Tap House, and the owner of Blvd. Burgers,…
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Nueva Cantina Debuts on November 1st – Replacing El Gallo Grande

El Gallo Grande is to change its name to Nueva Cantina and open with a new menu as of November 1st. Louie Spetrini along with his partners, Erin and Rocco Rinaldi and Executive Chef Paul Daubert took over the restaurant yesterday, October 3rd, 2016.  They will be open for business as usual until the new menu…
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An Update on Proper Kitchen & Cocktails

UPDATE: Proper Kitchen & Cocktails Opens December 2, 2016 Yesterday Kevin and I got a sneak peek into the making of Proper Kitchen & Cocktails. We met with the owner, Stephen Schrutt, who also owns The Avenue and King's Street Food. He explained that he had hoped to be open by now but has encountered quite…
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New Restaurant: The Reading Room Opening Late 2016

The owner of freeFall Theatre's property space, who rents it out to them as a non-profit, Kevin Lane, will be opening a new restaurant right next door to the playhouse. Lori and I happen to be season subscribers to freeFall, so I'm sure we will be frequenting the new place, which is named "The Reading…
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The Sugar Shack – A Piece of Key West Heaven in St Petersburg

The Sugar Shack has been open for three weeks in the up and coming 100 Block of MLK Jr St N.  It is quickly gaining traction and notoriety by lovers of Key West and Kermitt's famous Chocolate Dipped Key Lime Pie on a Stick.  The Sugar Shack is one of the few places throughout the…
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