WEPA! Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine Lands in St. Pete

WEPA! Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine Lands in St. Pete

Soon you won’t have to travel far to eat like you are in Puerto Rico. WEPA, St. Petersburg’s first authentic Puerto Rican restaurant, opens to the public this Saturday March 16th in the Warehouse Arts District. Located at 2149 3rd Ave South, WEPA is situated directly across the street from 3 Daughters Brewing.

“WEPA” (pronounced weh-pah) is a Spanish colloquialism used to express excitement, similar to “Wow!” or “Oh Yeah!” And as customers take their first bite of food, owner Jean Totti hopes to hear this exclamation all day, every day.

The menu at WEPA is inspired by Totti’s memories of growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he spent many afternoons by his mother’s, aunt’s and grandmother’s side in the kitchen. Many of the dishes available at WEPA come from hand-written recipes passed down over three generations. “Working with these recipes for months, we’ve selected a range of dishes that will represent our culinary history,” Totti adds. 

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Downtown Developments March 2019: A Trio of Coffee Shops Open and More!

Downtown Developments March 2019: A Trio of Coffee Shops Open and More!

As many of you are aware, we write a column every month called Downtown Developments for Green Bench Monthly, a local community magazine. In the column, we highlight everything coming soon to Downtown St. Pete, including new restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. We also reveal new tower renderings, announce townhome projects, and much more. Last month we started publishing that column right here on St. Pete Rising, in addition to Green Bench Monthly!

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New Details Emerge About Kolter's Second Downtown St. Pete Tower

New Details Emerge About Kolter's Second Downtown St. Pete Tower

Five weeks ago it was revealed that the Kolter Group, the developers behind ONE St. Petersburg, a recently constructed 41-story condo and hotel project, were planning a second tower in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. After the success of ONE, which completely sold out over six months before completion, Kolter knew the downtown market had an appetite for more condos. Kolter’s second project is proposed just three blocks south of ONE in the parking lot of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and directly across from Al Lang Stadium. 

New information has surfaced about the project, which is now preliminarily known as Bayfront St. Petersburg. While it was previously announced that the tower would soar 35-stories, include 200 condominiums and ground floor retail, we now know a few more specifics about the total cost, the construction timeline, and what the tower will look like.

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Mixed-Use High-Rise to Bring Office and Boutique Hotel to Downtown St. Pete

Mixed-Use High-Rise to Bring Office and Boutique Hotel to Downtown St. Pete

Another surface parking lot in the Downtown St. Pete core is poised to become a high-rise mixed-use development according to a resolution that will go before the St. Pete City Council on March 7th. The resolution, if approved, will allow negotiations to move forward between the City and The DeNunzio Group, a Cambridge, MA based real estate company, to construct a new public parking garage as part of a new development at the southeast corner of First Avenue N and Fifth Street N.

Last year the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Christ United Methodist Church had entered an agreement to sell its parking lot at 450 1st Avenue N for $5.65 million. At the time, the buyer was disclosed as Miles River Development, a Connecticut based company. They have since backed out of purchasing the site in order to focus on other projects in the area.

This opened up an opportunity for Dustin DeNunzio, who founded The DeNunzio Group back in 2005. His company is currently under contract to buy the downtown lot for $5.3M.

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SoFresh to Add Healthy Option to Downtown St. Pete Dining Scene

SoFresh to Add Healthy Option to Downtown St. Pete Dining Scene

With a plethora of grilled cheese, burgers, and pizza in Downtown St. Pete, it’s not always easy to eat healthy — especially if you are in a hurry. A new fast-casual restaurant from Tampa is hoping to change that. SoFresh will be opening this summer on the ground floor of 200 Central Avenue, Downtown St. Pete’s tallest office tower, in a space recently vacated by Subway.

The addition of SoFresh is one of many upgrades the office tower has planned for 2019. “As they embark this year on a multi-million dollar renovation to the building, our leasing team felt that SoFresh would be the perfect addition to the building and Downtown St Pete,” says Wendy Giffin, director at Cushman & Wakefield, the tenant representative.

“SoFresh is locally owned, offers healthy and creative fresh bowls and wraps with pressed juices and smoothies and creates a good mix of dining options with our other two great restaurants at the building, The Mill and the Craft Kafe,” says Giffin.

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Downtown Developments Feb 2019: Owners of The Galley to Open Cocktail Bar and More!

Downtown Developments Feb 2019: Owners of The Galley to Open Cocktail Bar and More!

We are trying something new! As many of you are aware, we write a column every month for Green Bench Monthly, a local community magazine. From now on, that column will be available right here on St. Pete Rising AND in print in Green Bench Monthly!

It seems like each time we take a stroll through downtown there are new restaurants and galleries opening and more apartment complexes and condo towers being built. We realize it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Luckily, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. Each month we will feature a few of the most exciting new downtown developments that are on the horizon for the Sunshine City.

Want this news first? Be sure to follow us! Most of what we discuss in Downtown Developments has already been posted to either our website, newsletter, Facebook or Instagram. With Downtown Developments, you’ll never miss the latest Downtown St Pete news.

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