Central Park’s upcoming dining hall in St. Pete announces new tenants including Speaks Clam Bar and Kojo


TampaDemain / InstagramConstruction of the massive Central Park food hall in St. Petersburg has just started, and it shouldn’t be due to open for about a year, but its first two culinary concepts have already been announced.

Kojo (stylized “KOJO”), a modern Asian restaurant, and Speaks Clam Bar, an avant-garde seafood concept are the first of many restaurants that will occupy the 24,000 square foot multi-story dining room at 551 Central Ave. these restaurants are brought to St. Petersburg by Hi hospitality—A group founded by food hall owner Natalia Levey.

The two locations of Speak’s Clam Bar are in the greater Manatee region, so when Central Park debuts next year, it will be St. Petersburg’s first taste of the brand’s fresh oysters, garlic lobster tails, and prawn baskets. crispy. Head to Sarasota if you want to experience Kojo’s fusion menu that mixes the flavors of Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. Highlights on the menu include matcha chicken and waffles, Wagyu steak skewers, Banh Mi breakfast and its KOJO sushi roll stacked with spicy tuna, salmon, kabayaki, spicy mayonnaise, cucumber. and pieces of tempura.

Levey is also a culinary nutrition educator, so expect a wide variety of healthy food options when her food hall debuts next year.

New details of WFLA confirm that Central Park will also include an additional upscale underground bar and event space above Kojo, recent developments that were not part of the original dining room plan. The first three floors of 551 Central Ave. will be full of different dining experiences, with the Speak’s Clam Bar on the second floor and the full-service Kojo’s Restaurant and Bar on the top floor of the Dining Room.

According to the license-obsessed website TampaDemain, The St. Pete’s Central Park Food Hall is an “adaptive reuse project,” a term that refers to rehabilitating an old building and its structures, rather than tearing it down and starting over. All-day breakfast buffs remember the Dome Grill, which was open out of space until 2018. The building itself is a holdover from old St. Petersburg, as a retail store Woolworth’s occupied it for decades throughout the 20th century.

Central Park joins On the Fly and Edge Eatery in the St. Pete Dining Room game. Plans for the Armature Works style space at Sundial have been halted due to a trial.

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