The 600 block of Downtown St. Pete continues its transformation into a foodie destination. Amigos Tortilla Bar, a Mexican restaurant that bills itself as the “Home of the Square Taco” will occupy two parcels located at 681 Central Avenue that have sat vacant for nearly a year and a half.
Owners Jack Anderson, Jesse Anderson and Eric Sindone opened up the only other Amigos location in Key West in 2010. The trio had always wanted to expand, but decided to patiently wait for the right opportunity. That opportunity presented itself when former Amigo's manager, Samuel Haverl, moved to St. Pete three years ago. Haverl will share ownership in the St. Pete location.
“We’re all very excited to see what’s happening in this city and are very much looking forward to being a part of it,” says Haverl. The St. Pete location will only serve lunch and dinner at first, but breakfast may be offered down the road.
The St. Pete menu will be nearly the same as the Key West menu. One of the most popular items at the Key West location is the Kitchen Sink Nachos, which feature chicken, beef, and carnitas.
Once known for eclectic art galleries and grungy music clubs, the 600 block has recently undergone a significant facelift. In 2016, The Lure’s tapas and sushi replaced the karaoke club Octave at 661 Central. Last week, Maple Street Biscuit Company opened to lines around the block at 662 Central. And later this summer, Pacific Counter’s sushi burritos and poke bowls and Brass Bowl Kitchen and Juicery’s healthy and sustainable fare will join the party at 660 and 656 Central Ave.
Amigos Tortilla Bar hopes to begin construction in the next few weeks. They are hoping to open to the public in August of this year. Be sure to like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the progress of their St. Pete location.