New window decals were installed last week revealing another concept coming soon to the recently completed ONE St Petersburg condo tower in Downtown St. Pete. Social Roost Kitchen and Bar will be a poultry lover’s paradise, featuring chicken in every way, including fried, grilled, blackened, roasted, and more.
The upscale casual restaurant concept is the creation of Jason Teabout and Rob Bowen, both of whom grew up in St. Pete. Rob is an interior designer, who started a design firm in Downtown St. Pete 12 years ago and Jason just retired from 24 years in the military.
Jason and Rob describe Social Roost as a personal passion project and a love letter to St. Pete. “We adore Downtown St. Pete,” says Rob. “This is our way of giving back to the community.”
The inspiration for Social Roost came from their travels around the world. “Everywhere we go, people eat chicken. It’s the most versatile protein in the world,” says Jason. As such, the menu at Social Roost will feature many globally-inspired items.
But don’t worry, Social Roost isn’t leaving out classic American chicken dishes. “We’ve invested in some pretty good kitchen equipment to make sure our southern fried chicken is the best fried chicken in town,” boasts Jason. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.
Although still in development, the food menu will allow patrons to be as glutinous or as healthy as they want to be. Expect to indulge in items such as pastas, sandwiches, entrees, and salads. Social Roost will also have a full bar.
The duo has hired a handful of local businesses to help bring their ideas to life. Twelfth Street Studio from Tampa will be responsible for architectural design, Theodore Barber & Company from Clearwater is in charge of kitchen design and interior design is being handled by Rob’s firm, Rob Bowen Design Group.
Social Roost will occupy 2,600 square feet of space fronting 1st Avenue North, just steps away from the popular Jannus Block. Next door, Burgerim’s plan to bring customizable mini burgers to Downtown St. Pete.
Buildout of the retail at ONE is the last remaining piece of a development that has been in the making for over five years. The Hyatt Place on the west side of ONE debuted in 2017 and residents began moving into the condo tower on the east side in early 2019.
Announced in 2014, ONE St Petersburg made headlines when developer Kolter Group promised to build the tallest tower in Pinellas County. It still holds that title, standing at 450 feet, but its reign may not last long. A proposed development at 400 Central Ave is slated to soar 50 stories high. However, that project is still in the design phase.
Social Roost Kitchen and Bar will be located at 150 1st Avenue North on the ground floor of ONE St Petersburg in Downtown St. Pete. Teabout and Bowen expect to have the doors open by the end of the year.