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Beach Drive restaurants in downtown St Petersburg


Cassis American Brasserie


It’s time to update my post 2 years ago on Beach Drive restaurants in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. In addition to Parkshore Grill, Moon Under Water, Cassis, Hooker Tea, Marketplace Express, Paciugo Gelato and 400 Beach, all of which offer “sidewalk cafes” as well as inside dining, we now have Tryst and Bella Brava, also offering dining inside or out. What a great selection of places to sit and enjoy something to eat or drink.  Bookmark this post and you’ll have a handy guide to the Beach Drive restaurant sites: get the phone numbers, the hours and menus for you to look over.

Gatsby’s Restaurant is gone: Grayl’s Hotel is being renovated and will reopen as Birchwood Inn with a rooftop lounge on the 4th floor. NOLA at Parkshore Plaza is now AnnaStella Cajun Bistro.

Come enjoy Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Enjoy a stroll along the park and waterfront, enjoy the shops, restaurants and museums. And, yes, dogs are welcome. Downtown St Pete is definitely dog friendly with water bowls along the way – Cassis even has a doggie menu!

And if you have real estate needs, stop in to see The Simms Team at ALVA International, at 238 Beach Drive NE – look for the red awning that says REAL ESTATE.

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Hotels find rooftop bars are very popular – Birchwood Inn in St Petersburg

Hard at work on Grayl's renovation on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg Florida

Grayl's/Birchwood will have rooftop lounge


Chuck Prather is right on target with his renovation of  Grayl’s Hotel on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. When the hotel opens as Birchwood Inn – scheduled for around Christmas 2012 – one of the features will be a 4th floor rooftop bar. USA Today recently published an article: Hotels from NYC to L.A. open fancy, profitable rooftop bars  mentioning hotels across the country that are opening rooftop bars, taking advantage of prime real estate.

People like to eat and drink outside and like to enjoy nice views, whether it’s a city skyline, a waterfront or parks. The outside areas along Beach Drive are very popular: think Cassis, Bella Brava, Tryst, Parkshore Grill, Moon Under Water. All of these are along the sidewalk at street level. When Birchwood Inn opens at 340 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg with its 4th floor rooftop lounge it should offer nice views and breezes.

And remember – just a block away is The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc real estate – across from the Museum of Fine Arts, with the red awning. We’re at 238 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg, serving your real estate needs for St Petersburg and Beyond.

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Dog friendly downtown St Pete has a Doggie Menu

Doggie Menu at Cassis Restaurant on Beach Drive

Doggie Menu at Cassis


Downtown St Pete is very dog friendly and most of the shops and restaurants along Beach Drive have water bowls and/or treats outside the door for their pet friends. Many of the restaurants allow – and encourage – pets at their outside tables. Cassis has raised the bar for pets and offers a Doggie Menu to anyone bringing their dog. And yes, the pet owners DO order from the menu for their pets.

Entrees include a Hot Diggity Dog, Mutt Loaf, Pup Monsieur (after all, Cassis IS a French restaurant), Bow Wow Chicken, Pooched Egg and Bon Appetit. Treats include the Arrf el Tower, the Bark de Triumph, and a glass of puppely.

It started with one water bowl and now everyone has them. One restaurant starting bringing water bowls to the tables with a pet and now several do. Will Cassis start a trend? Will we see more Doggie Menus at Beach Drive restaurants? Stay tuned.

It’s well known that Beach Drive in downtown St Pete is very pedestrian friendly. It’s also very dog friendly.

Want to know which condos are dog friendly? Ask The Simms Team at ALVA International, 238 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg.

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