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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 answer is they are opening … Continue Reading

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And the bier boutique Bursts Onto the Historic Uptown St Pete Food Scene

the bier boutique - Turkey BLT (TBLT)

On an unassuming street in the historic uptown neighborhood of St Pete, across from Round Lake, a new restaurant burst onto the restaurant scene this past May. The bier boutique hit the ground running and has been an overnight success with many great reviews in our Facebook group and online. I live just four blocks from them and we finally … Continue Reading

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Tropez St. Pete – New Lounge on the 400 Block of Central

Brought to You by the Founder of Tryst on Beach Drive

About a year ago, Renaud Cowez sold the majority of his interest in the Beach Drive lounge, Tryst, and turned over operations to Wassim Nabulsi.

Recently, an opportunity arose that he couldn’t pass up.

I have to admit that when I heard about the location, I was concerned. It’s … Continue Reading

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“When the World Seems to Shine Like You’ve Had Too Much Wine”…That’s Sophia’s

Sophia's Italian Food Options

The highly anticipated opening of Sophia’s Cucina + Enoteca, brought to you by the owners of Lolita’s Wine Market, Chef Alex and Kelly Rodriguez, is Thursday, May 23rd at 5:00pm. Yes, that’s tomorrow.

I would say run don’t walk to Sophia’s! You can make your reservations on Opentable.

Read the original article we wrote about the planned opening here

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Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery Opening April 1, 2019 – Preview

Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery
World Fusion Gourmet Meets Fast Casual

Brass Bowl Kitchen & Juicery is set to open April 1st…finally. We have all watched and waited. Unfortunately, they encountered some of the same set backs most new restaurants do during build out, which pushed their hopeful opening date of August 2018 back to now. Beginning March 27th, Brass Bowl will start with a … Continue Reading

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¡Wepa Lives Up to Its’ Name!

Wepa Cocina de Puerto Rico Opens Today – Across From 3 Daughters

(Wepa is an exclamation that can mean great, good job, what’s up, wow, etc.)

It takes a lot of balls to go from amateur food critic to professional restaurateur—especially when you’ve ruffled a few feathers along the way with some of your critiques.

Based on last night’s food, … Continue Reading

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Sophia’s Cucina & Enoteca Brought to You by the Owners of Lolita’s

Kelly and Chef Alex Rodriguez, owners of the extremely popular Lolita’s Wine Bar, are dipping their talents into a new concept in the Grand Central District. Their new restaurant, Sophia’s Cucina & Enoteca, is located in the space formerly occupied by The Hive, which closed in May 2018. Following in the footsteps of Lolita’s named after their dog, Lola, Sophia’s … Continue Reading

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The Independent St Pete To Add An Outdoor Cafe

The Independent Bar, a downtown St Pete institution, will be adding an Outdoor Café to its location at the corner of Central and 11th St. in the EDGE District.

“We are very excited to bring our Café fare to The Edge District. We have been planning this expansion for two years, and now we have found a way to implement … Continue Reading

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No Vacancy: Where You Can Eat, Drink, St Pete and Vacay Everyday

No Vacancy St Pete

On Thursday night, we were invited to a pre-opening party for No Vacancy. Quite honestly we weren’t sure what to expect. No Vacancy currently occupies the former King’s Street space and is the brainchild of Stephen Schrutt of The Hunger + Thirst Group which also includes The Avenue and Park & Rec.

Schrutt said that this concept has been brewing … Continue Reading

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Capital Tacos to Open 2nd Location in St. Petersburg

THIS LOCATION IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Capital Tacos Tyrone Location to Open Spring 2019

After opening their first St. Petersburg location this past summer, Capital Tacos found out that St. Petersburgers are big fans of their unique Tex-Mex fare—big enough to open another St. Pete Location.

The new location will open “within the next few months” at 6802 22nd Ave. N.—across … Continue Reading

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Asie To Become Luna Loca – Serving Up A Latin Asian Fusion Twist

We sat down with Jason Saal, GM, of La V Vietnamese Fusion, Asie and Nouvelle Beauty Bar, and were given some exciting news. Asie’s last day will be Wednesday, November 21st. The restaurant will shut down for a week and then reopen as Luna Loca (which means Crazy Moon in Spanish) on Friday, November 30th.

Luna Loca will feature a … Continue Reading

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Alto Mare Fish Bar To Open With a Splash On Beach Drive

Mazzaro’s owners, Kurt and Mary Cuccaro, are set to open a new restaurant named Alto Mare Fish Bar, mid-November/early December right next door to Annata. (Alto Mare means deep sea in Italian.) It will be located where the Hooker Tea Co. used to be. The restaurant is a seafood concept with a Hamptons seaside coastal airy feel featuring outdoor seating … Continue Reading

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The Left Bank Bistro Opens in St. Pete

The Left Bank Bistro is a new St. Pete restaurant in the Historic Uptown / Crescent Heights area of town. It’s located on MLK a couple of blocks north of Hook’s. It’s best described as “accessible French cuisine, coffee & cocktails in an intimate, inviting setting.”

They are now open for business in phase 1, which is 7am – 11 … Continue Reading

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Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi Grand Opening This Friday, October 5th

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a fast-casual Pan-Asian restaurant that is opening its first Tampa Bay area location in downtown St. Petersburg. The 2,700 sq. ft. location is located at 320 Third Street South – in the base of the Camden Pier District apartment building, formerly AER. The grand opening is tomorrow, October 5th.

Plenty of parking is available … Continue Reading

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Grand Opening of Crafty Squirrel Tonight – Details and Sneak Peek Here

Crafty Squirrel

The Crafty Squirrel is hosting a grand opening event tonight, Thursday, September 13th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. There will be a formal gathering with Mayor Rick Kriseman, a complimentary sampling of menu items, $250 in raffle prizes, and more!

Guests will have an opportunity to taste items on the menu like the Kitchen Sink, an artisan pizza made with tomato, … Continue Reading

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