A food hall is taking shape at the Historic Manhattan Casino

Rendering of a yellow and brick food hall
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A food hall is emerging at the precipice of the Deuces Live District inside the Historic Manhattan Casino – and it will include a spot for Chef Mel of Three Generations Food Truck.

The Historic Manahattan Casino is transforming into a food hall, event hall, co-work space, commissary kitchen, and coffee shop. Phase 1 of the update is complete as the cosmetic finishes have been put on the exterior.

“Today, we completed the first cosmetic phase of our Re-imagining of the Historic Manhattan Casino…so we can place make the venue with a bold new joyous color palette that is celebratory… We also worked with Nikkol Patton – South St Petersburg Marketplace, an amazing entrepreneur who is working with us to make the Manhattan an active community hub,” wrote SPHMC organizers on Facebook. “As a mission driven organization, we will continue to maintain our focus on creating opportunity, honoring commitments, and celebrating the venues history of innovation!”

Co-work space, a food hall and a farmers market

Vincent Jackson, Mario Farias and Ramon Hernandez, in addition to the minds behind Rising Tide St. Pete are bringing it all to fruition. Watch out for its debut, the Manhattan Casino’s revitalization is an imperative gateway to the other fantastic businesses in the area like Chief’s Creole Cafe, Cultured Books, and the Carter G Woodson Museum.

An opening timeline is still TBA. Here’s a message from the organizers behind the food hall:

“We are focused on creating economic opportunity. One of the key components of our mission is to create an economically self-sustaining business that cultivates entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry through an incubator program with a focus on CRA residents and low-income entrepreneurs, who otherwise face significant barriers to entry in the formal food and beverage industry due to insufficient financial and social capital.”

Built in 1925, the Manhattan Casino is significant for its contribution to entertainment and the culture in the African American community for more than forty years.

South St. Pete Market debuts under the stars

This month, an outdoor farmers market also debuted outside the historic Manhattan Casino. Several food trucks and farmers posted up along with musicians for a local, socially-distanced celebration.

The South St. Pete Market takes place every Tuesday from 4-8pm.

“Our goal is to provide the finest ground to market goods accessibly location at the amazing Historic Manhattan Casino. We have USDA/SNAP Retailer support that will match 100% SNAP-EBT benefits.”

Follow The Manhattan Casino on Facebook for updates.

Location: 642 22nd Street South

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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