Social Gaming Bar to Open in Former Downtown St. Pete World of Beer

Social Gaming Bar to Open in Former Downtown St. Pete World of Beer

Back in 2011, Stephen Schrutt moved to St. Pete with the dream of opening up his own restaurant. “I felt like the Downtown St. Pete market was growing. It was becoming its own destination in the Bay area and I wanted to be a part of it.”

He eventually decided on a location off of 1st Ave. S, despite the obvious risks. For instance, the space was one block away from the bustling Central Ave. and numerous businesses had been in and out of the block in the years prior, including a coffee shop and an Italian restaurant. However, Schrutt believed in the future of Downtown St. Pete and he believed in his concept.

Two weeks ago, theAvenue Eat+Drink celebrated their five year anniversary. Over 500 people were in attendance. And in a few weeks, Schrutt will debut not one, but two brand new concepts that will sit side-by-side next to theAvenue on 1st Ave. S. What was once a struggling block is now becoming a downtown destination.

Much has been said about Proper: Kitchen & Cocktails, the highly anticipated southern-inspired eatery with a focus on BBQ, which opens next week. Though not many people know about Schrutt’s fourth Downtown St. Pete concept, Park&Rec DTSP.

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The Richman Group Proposes 132-unit Apartment Building in St. Pete's Innovation District

The Richman Group Proposes 132-unit Apartment Building in St. Pete's Innovation District

The Innovation District, located on southern end of Downtown St. Pete, is composed of a dense collection of higher education, healthcare, marine science, and media institutions.  District anchors include Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, USF St. Petersburg, SRI International, and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.  In an effort to spark further growth, local leaders have recently teamed up to officially brand and market the up-and-coming district as a regional live-work destination for innovation and collaboration.

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The Iberian Rooster Struts Into St. Pete Delivering Portuguese Fusion

The Iberian Rooster Struts Into St. Pete Delivering Portuguese Fusion

With so many restaurants in Downtown St. Pete, it can be difficult for restauranteurs to separate themselves from the pack.  However, Russell Andrade is bringing a cuisine to Downtown St. Pete that is currently absent from the region.  In a few weeks, the Iberian Rooster, a 124-seat colonial Portuguese fusion restaurant, will debut at 475 Central Avenue inside the historic Kress building (formerly occupied by Moscato’s Bella Cucina).

Executive Chef Edward Lowery explains, “We are taking flavors and dishes from different colonies of Portugal, such as Mozambique, Macau, Goa, and Brazil, and infusing them all together.  Having access to all of those flavors is insane — a chef’s dream really.”  

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801 Central Ave Reimagined with 15-story Apartment Building

801 Central Ave Reimagined with 15-story Apartment Building

At the corner of Central Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street lies the now 90-year-old Union Trust Bank.  The building was constructed in 1926 and subsequently expanded in 1938 and 1967.  Although it has sat vacant since 1996, the building has stood the test of time as Downtown St. Pete has redeveloped around it.  On a neighboring block to the east, The Chihuly Collection opened earlier this month and a Publix is slated to open in early 2017.  One block to the west, the Bainbridge 930 Central Flats have just broken ground.

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Downtown St. Pete Development Update - Third Quarter 2016

Downtown St. Pete Development Update - Third Quarter 2016

Downtown St. Pete has experienced an overabundance of construction over the past three months.  It's nearly impossible to walk through downtown and not run into a construction site.  For starters, the demolition of the "cheese grater" building at 400 Central Ave begun. In the EDGE District, The District on 9th townhouses were announced and the site of Bainbridge 930 Central Flats started to undergo site preparation in anticipation for new apartments and retail.  Also, The Chihuly Collection completed their move from Beach Drive to 720 Central Ave.  We cannot wait for these projects to be complete, but for now we hope you enjoy this quarter's photo update!

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New Townhouses Destined for St. Pete's EDGE District

New Townhouses Destined for St. Pete's EDGE District

As Icon Residential wraps up construction on The Arlington, a 40-unit townhouse community on 8th St. N, plans for another residential development emerge.  Situated just one block away on the corner of 9th St. N. and Arlington Ave., The District on 9th will bring 34 new townhouses to the burgeoning EDGE District of Downtown St. Pete

“Demand for our high quality fee-simple townhouse product is on such high demand under a $500k price point and the Arlington unit sales were so strong that we decided to jump on the opportunity to acquire the 1 acre site on 9th St and develop another boutique townhouse community,” said Icon Residential partner Mike Bednarski.  

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