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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After many years of success as a food truck, The Twisted Indian, has opened a pop-up restaurant at 1113 Central Avenue in the EDGE District. Similar to the food truck, the menu at The Twisted Indian’s new location consists of four proteins prepared in one of three ways — in tacos, a rice bowl, or a Middle-Eastern flatbread sandwich called a saj. Proteins include chicken, paneer (an Indian cheese), and tofu tikka masala and seitan korma. The tacos and rice bowl also come with chickpea curried slaw, and white Basmati rice drizzled with a Raita sauce.
The Twisted Indian is located inside Baum Avenue Market (or BAM for short), a multi-concept space showcasing local makers of fresh fare. Other tenants at BAM include Valhalla Bakery, Avocado Valley, Modern Brine, Lucy’s Vegan Corner and Baum Bar. Soft open hours will be 11am to 4pm Tuesday-Wednesday, 11am to 10pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday.
A trio of coffee shops opened in St Pete last month — Pineapple Espresso, Flatbread & Butter and Black Crow Coffee’s 2nd location. Pineapple Espresso, a drive-thru coffee shop and health-focused eatery, opened at 3045 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street North. Their coffee is roasted in-house and available in drip, espresso, cold brew, or whole bean. And from the comfort of your car, you can order fresh healthy food such as avocado toast topped with local citrus, roasted beet, crumbled goat cheese, walnut and mint.
Historic Uptown welcomed Flatbread & Butter, a community-focused café pairing great food with high-quality coffee, to the neighborhood. Located at 497 7th Avenue North near Round Lake, F&B is currently serving coffee locally roasted by Bandit Coffee Co. and locally made pastries by Mana Bakery. Currently, their hours are 7am to 3pm, but full hours, flatbreads & beer/wine are coming soon!
Hoping to build on the success of their Old Northeast location, Black Crow Coffee opened their second location, bringing local art, music, community, and of course great coffee, to the booming Grand Central community located just west of Downtown St. Petersburg. Find them at 2157 1st Ave South seven days a week from 7am to 7pm.
Daddy Kool Records will be moving out of the 600 block of Downtown St Pete. Fortunately, they'll be opening a bigger, better location in the Warehouse Arts District at 2430 Terminal Drive. Not only will the new location be twice the size of their Central Avenue shop, but it’ll also have space for concerts. Their last day on the 600 block will be March 24th.
Atlas Body + Home, a men’s shop, is now open at 919 Central Avenue in the EDGE District of Downtown St. Pete. Atlas carries stylish shirts, prints, trousers, trunks and underwear, as well as vintage finds, curated goods and home furnishings Downtown is home to so many great women's boutiques, but has always lacked an abundance of menswear. Thanks to Atlas and others, we are starting to see more men's shopping along Central Avenue. Visit Atlas Body + Home Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 6pm.