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Prohibition Club to open on Beach Drive

Renovations at Grayl’s HotelDowntown St Petersburg will have yet another “Destination” on Beach Drive – in between Parkshore Grille, Moon Under Water and the yet-to-be-determined restaurant at 400 Beach – the Prohibition Club in Grayl’s Hotel. For months I’ve been watching the renovations as I’ve driven from the Vinoy to my office every morning. I even took some photos of the progress.

Dale and Mary Grayl bought the parkside hotel in 1994 and had plans (“had” being the operative word) to add 5 floors on top of the hotel. The current 1920s Jazz Age theme is appropriate for the historic building and will be enhanced with a display out front of 1920s cars.

You won’t be able to just walk in and enjoy the club, though – you’ll have to either join the club or rent one of the remaining 10 hotel rooms. This is the first of the Grayl 3 year plan – this year the club, next year a restaurant on the patio, and following that, a Cigar Lounge upstairs.

No wonder Tampa has “St Pete envy” – we’re a desirable place to live, work and play.

3/23/08 addition: Paul Swider wrote about this in the St Pete Times today.

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