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Perfect afternoon in St Petersburg

This weekend was perfect weather here in St Pete. All the tables at Tryst, right outside our office, were filled, as were their couches and lounge chairs. People were walking their dogs, stopping for yogurt or gelato, carrying totes of goodies from the Saturday Morning Market.

Not too hot – not too cold. Just right for enjoying the outdoors.

 

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Beach Drive restaurants in downtown St Petersburg

Cassis

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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Tryst Gastro Lounge recognized by UrbanSpoon for great fine dining in Tampa Bay

Beach Drive downtown St Petersburg with Tryst Gastro Lounge and ALVA International, Inc real estate brokers

Tryst Gastro Lounge on Beach Drive

Congratulations to Tryst, our next door neighbor on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg, and one of our favorite places to eat and drink. UrbanSpoon recently named Tryst as one of America’s 250 most popular high-end restaurants and was one of only four named in Tampa Bay – in the company of long-time favorites Bern’s Steak House and Mise-en-Place, both in Tampa. It’s especially significant since Tryst is the only selected restaurant in St Petersburg and it’s been open less than a year! Here’s another Tryst review with food photos. Open Table reviews that rate it 4-5 stars mark it great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies and a vibrant bar scene.

Inside or out it’s a great setting. Tryst’s inside/outside bar is a popular place to meet and greet, to see and be seen. Each of us on the Simms Team has our own list of favorite dishes at Tryst. Our only regret is that Tryst is no longer open for lunch on weekdays – since they do more business between midnight and 3 am. We understand, but miss our daily lunches there.

Outside seating at Tryst Gastro Lounge

Enjoy drinks at Tryst Gastro Lounge on Beach Drive

When you’re in downtown St Pete, stop at Tryst across from the Museum of Fine Arts.  It’s located at 240 Beach Drive NE, right next to ALVA International, Inc., the real estate agents under the Red Awning. Be sure to call The Simms Teamfor all your real estate needs.

Great Beach Drive location for Tryst

Renaud greets Beach Drive walkers

Outside Bar at Tryst on Beach Drive

Outside bar at Tryst

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Tryst Gastro Lounge now open on Beach Drive

Tryst opens on Beach Drive

Tryst opens on Beach Drive

Tryst Gastro Lounge is now open for lunch and dinner at 240 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg. It’s right next door to ALVA International so we can be served a great meal at a table right outside our real estate office door. It’s a great office extension with a portable phone and our front door a few feet away.

Tryst has had its lounge open for about a week and it’s been a happening place! Happy Hour from 4-7 with half priced drinks. This first week they’ve been passing out samples of their cuisine.

Last week the Localista reviewed Tryst on i love the burg. Check out the interior photos.

Welcome to Tryst

Welcome to Tryst

Come to Tryst and meet French owner Renaud Cowez and his chef, Mark Kaba, once from France but more recently from the Ritz in Orlando. Try the food – from a simple burger (beef or lamb) or salad to beef carpaccio and vanilla infused duck breast. Enjoy a drink. And if you need real estate – stop next door and see The Simms Team at ALVA International.

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