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. Finally, Proper Kitchen & Cocktails is now open this Friday, December 2, 2016. They had their first "Friends & Family" event last night, November 29, and then a second one tonight, and a third private dinner event is being held on Thursday. This is what new restaurants do for their practice runs. You can get lunch on December 1st, and then dinner on the 2nd.

St. Petersburg Foodies Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown with Proper Kitchen & Cocktails Owner Stephen Schrutt (Center)

St. Petersburg Foodies Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown with
Proper Kitchen & Cocktails Owner Stephen Schrutt (Center)

We briefly reported on some of the trials and tribulations of this strenuous restaurant buildout back in late September in our piece: An Update on Proper Kitchen & Cocktails.

Now, Stephen Schrutt, the owner of The Avenue actually owns the entire block, (except for Sun Trust Bank). We have The Avenue Eat + Drink at 330 1st Ave South, Proper Kitchen & Cocktails at 344 1st Ave South, and opening next week right next door in the old World of Beer spot, Schrutt will be opening Park & Rec DTSP, which did an excellent job of reporting on here.

St. Petersburg has a few other BBQ joints, but Proper Kitchen & Cocktails is the only one right in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg in the 33701. Thank you Mr. Schrutt! You should go check them out right away, and if I can't convince you, I'm sure these delectable food photos from Barry Lively will. (Menus are at the bottom.)


Charcuterie Board


Shrimp & Grits


Garlic Smoked Sausages


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Black-Eyed Pea Soup


Seafood Hush Puppies



Gator Bites


Wood-Fired Oysters


Grilled Sweet Watermelon


Shiner Bock Short Rib


Farmhouse Fried Chicken


4 Cheese Mac & Cheese


Smoked Chicken Wings





(All Photos by Barry Lively - except the menus - those were taken by Kevin's awesome iPhone 7)

You can see more of Barry's photos from the event here.

Proper Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Proper Kitchen & Cocktails $$
  • (727) 494-0700
  • Barbecue, Southern, Craft Cocktails
    • Tue - Sat 11:30am - 3:00am
    • Sun - Sun 11:30am - 12:00am
  • 344 1st Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, US

Barbecue Restaurant · Cocktail Bar · Southern Restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Florida

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DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Gina, & Abby do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.

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