Doc Ford’s new location is ready; Launch of the Salty Nun concept • St Pete Catalyst

From fresh Cuban bread to shrimp and oatmeal, here’s the latest food news from St. Petersburg:

Doc Ford’s second restaurant

The parent company that runs Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille is set to open a new location in a space formerly occupied by the Green Iguana, as the St. Pete Catalyst first reported in August 2021.

Fort Myers-based HM Restaurant Group currently operates a Doc Ford restaurant on St. Pete’s Pier and plans to open the second location this summer.

The Doc Ford Restaurant in Fort Myers Beach. The new Bay Pines location will look like this. HM Restaurant Group.

The restaurant group purchased the waterfront property in West St. Pete, at 8790 Bay Pines Blvd., in 2021 from Chesapeake Bay Holding Company Inc. in a $3.45 million deal .

The 6,750 square foot building has been vacant for nearly a decade. Before being used for the Green Iguana, it operated as a Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant.

“This place has the vibe and look we’re looking for and it’s on the water. Other than the restaurants on John’s Pass, there aren’t many restaurants on the waterfront and it’s a market far enough from the pier but close enough that people know our brand,” Joe Harrity, Marketing Manager and catering group operations. , previously said the Catalyst on the new second location.

HM Restaurant Group plans to have transitional floating docks on the property which would allow for eight boat launches.

The group initially wanted to open the new site by the end of 2021; however, it was delayed due to the impact of the pandemic on permits and the increased cost of materials.

The salty nun

The Salty Nun is a new concept born from the duo behind Stella’s and Salty’s in Gulfport. The Salty Nun is now open in the Greater Central District of St. Pete at 2501 Central Ave., the former location of Swinger’s Patio Bar and Grill and Queen’s Head Pub.

The salty nun. Picture: Facebook

Its menu items feature a wide range of offerings, including blueberry chipotle short rib sliders, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and nachos with beer-based queso.

It also offers Stella’s Southern-style breakfast and Salty’s bar.

The Salty Nun is now open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is closed from Monday to Wednesday. The Salty Nun offers live music and a pet-friendly outdoor patio.

The Segunda

Popular Ybor City-based bakery and cafe La Segunda will open its first-ever location in St. Pete on Monday, March 21.

Famous for its fresh Cuban bread, the 106-year-old bakery will open the 1,820-square-foot restaurant at 2436 4th St. N. It will focus on takeout, delivery and catering.

A rendering of La Segunda’s new location for St. Pete. Picture provided.

“We were patiently waiting to open in St. Pete and felt like it was a great time,” fourth-generation owner Copeland More previously said. Catalyst. He said the city’s vibrancy and walkable nature attracted the bakery.

The new cafe will feature red brick walls to pay homage to Ybor City’s roots. There will also be bespoke ironwork accents, similar to the Spanish and Italian architecture of the 7 of Tampaand Avenue and globe shaped pendant lighting and lamps mounted throughout the cafe to give a nod to the architecture of Ybor City.

Although smaller than the Ybor City and South Tampa location, the new site will accommodate 40 people indoors and 40 on a pet-friendly outdoor patio. La Segunda is the world’s largest producer of Cuban bread, baking 18,000 loaves a day.

Cook and Wake Fat Lenny World Headquarters

Bakes and Wakes Fat Lenny World Headquarters is gearing up to open its new location at 2148 49th St. S. in the coming weeks.

Bakes and Wakes, simply known as Fat Lenny Headquarters, represents owner Scottie Freeman’s combination of businesses in Pennsylvania.

The location of Bakes and Wakes in St. Petersburg. Picture: Facebook

The whimsical and wacky restaurant is described as an “awesome ice cream shop with a listening Cheech and Chong (sic)”. While it will serve rolled ice cream, shaved ice, and bubble tea, it will also sell items you’d typically find in a smokehouse – bongs and pipes – plus novelties and toys.

Rolled ice cream from Bakes and Wakes. Picture: Facebook

The owner said he’s aiming to open April 1 from 3-9 p.m.

“It will be a glimpse, so to speak, as we continue to grow in this space and discover, other than the fact that this is a little paradise on Earth, why we have been drawn so intensely here,” said wrote Freeman in a Facebook post. “We believe in positive change, healing and growth through love, forgiveness, music, fun, creativity and of course a little ice cream. and as we build this project and we ask for your patience and understanding as we do.

Huey Magoo’s

Fried chicken franchise Huey Magoo’s opened its first local store in Pinellas Park earlier this month. The 2,500 square foot restaurant at 4590 Park Blvd. includes indoor and outdoor seating and drive-thru.

The plate of five pieces of tender chicken from Huey Magoo’s. Photo: Passion PR consultancy.

For Collie and Dametris Lightsey franchisees, this is the first of four restaurants offered by Huey Magoo in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and Seminole.

“This has been a dream come true for us. The restaurant is beautiful and we know people are going to love the food. Pinellas Park is centrally located, and as we expand our additional locations, we have found that we could spread the brand from here,” the Lightseys said in the press release.

The inauguration of the location of the Pinellas de Huey Magoo park. Photo: Passion PR consultancy.

Restaurant opening hours are 11am to 9pm Sunday to Saturday. Drive-thru hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Pinellas Park in Huey Magoo will offer dine-in, take-out, curbside pickup and delivery (through third-party delivery services DoorDash and Uber Eats).

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