Photo by City of St. Petersburg

It seems like each time we take a stroll through downtown there are new restaurants and galleries opening and more apartment complexes and condo towers being built. We realize it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Luckily, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. Each month we will feature a few of the most exciting new downtown developments that are on the horizon for the Sunshine City.

On a block already saturated with bars, the Jannus Block welcomes one more. The Tamiami offers a full liquor bar, 24 beers on tap, pinball, darts, a jukebox and a huge mural of Christopher Walken on the back wall. From the same owner as Five Bucks Drinkery, The Tamiami is an ode to the past — named after the historic Tamiami Hotel built in 1924 on 1st Avenue North in Downtown St. Pete. Check them out at 269 Central Avenue (formerly Crowley’s).

A new sushi restaurant opened last month in Downtown St. Pete, but you might have a hard time getting in. Sushi Sho Rexley is an 800 square foot restaurant with only 12 seats located at 214 2nd Street North, next to 2nd and Second, Downtown St. Pete’s new 24-hour diner. Sushi Sho Rexley will be St. Pete’s first omakase-style restaurant, owned by brothers Arte and Rexley Kwok. ‘Omakase’ translates to ‘trust the chef’ in Japanese. The sushi chef will select each item served, allowing the consumer to enjoy the freshest fish possible. Sushi Sho Rexley will be sourcing their ingredients from Tokyo Tsukiji market and Hawaii. Reservations are recommended by calling 727-853-8478.

It was recently revealed that Yeoman’s Cask & Lion will join Ford’s Garage at 200 1st Avenue South, formerly home to the Rowdies Den. Yeoman’s is a British-inspired pub with an expansive menu that includes classics such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. Yeoman’s will also have live music and serve brunch on the weekends. Build out is currently underway with a grand opening slated for the 2nd half of 2018.

The beer scene is showing no signs of slowing in Downtown St. Pete. Inoculum Ale Works, a sour-only brewery from Spring Hill, has announced plans to open a tasting room on 1st Avenue North, two doors down from St. Pete Brewing Company. There will be no brewing operations at the St. Pete tasting room – all beer will still be produced in Spring Hill for now. However, Inoculum will be creating some small-batch kombucha and funky ciders in St. Pete. The plan is to have the tasting room in St. Pete open by mid-arch. Once open, be sure to try Kuebiko, a soured ale with strawberries, lemons, and limes.

Phase 1 of The District on 9th has topped out in the Fringe District. ICON Residential broke ground last year on the 34-unit townhome community featuring four unique floorplans ranging from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet. Located just two blocks from Central Avenue, The District on 9th joins a growing number of businesses and developments that have opened along Dr. MLK Jr North in the past year — Ray’s Vegan Soul, 11 Chicks Yummy Creations, Planet Retro Records, Bodhi Basics, and more. Currently 17 of 34 townhomes are reserved. Prices start in the $400s. For more information, visit

St. Pete Rising is an urban development blog covering future retail, restaurants, and real estate in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Stay up-to-date, visit

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