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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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Copa Havana Cafe opening next to Chi-Town Beefs and Dogs

In the latest breaking St Petersburg Foodies restaurant news, in the strip mall that is starting to explode with great businesses and restaurants located in the 100 North block of MLK, we now have Copa Havana Cafe opening in October/November.  Carlos and Sam Garcia will be opening the Cuban Cafe which besides great food will feature, in the evenings, Salsa…
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Chi-Town Beefs and Dogs Changes Hands

Joey "Meatballs" Zugu announced on his Facebook timeline earlier this week that he has sold Chi-Town Beefs and Dogs to a new owner who he has nicknamed Ricky "Ravioli" Warwick.  This Saturday will be Joey's last day serving up his now famous beefs and dogs before he hands over the dog baton to Ricky.  So you…
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Cline Leaves The Vine

Chef Jason Cline Resigns from The Birch & Vine to Start New Venture Last night while having dinner at The Birch & Vine, Executive Chef Jason Cline sat down with us to chat for about 40 minutes. The first words out of his mouth, after saying hello, were; "I handed in my resignation. My last…
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FarmTable Kitchen Now Has a Liquor License

Sundial St. Pete, in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, is a collection of boutique retail shops, services, and restaurants. One of the renowned anchors of Sundial is Locale Market. Locale has several options in its two-stories. 1. Locale Market downstairs is a food goods market where you can buy fresh and packaged gourmet foods, and…
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Buya Ramen Coming Very Soon to Central Avenue “Edge District”

Just a year or so ago, one of my biggest complaints about the foodie scene in Downtown St. Pete was that there were so few choices for different types of Asian food. La V Vietnamese Fusion and 9 Bangkok's Thai food being the exceptions. Things started getting better a year ago when Souzou Asian Fusion opened.…
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