Armature Works Food Hall taking over part of Sundial St. Pete downtown

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Armature Works Food Hall is opening in St. Petersburg, Florida, THIS IS NOT A DRILL! If you don’t understand our general enthusiasm, that’s probably because you haven’t visited the sprawling food hall. It’s home to a fun rooftop bar, one of the best Cuban restaurants in the region, an exquisite coffee shop, a hyper instagrammable cocktail concept, and several other Tampa food legends. It’s Disney World for foodies.

We’ve long had to make the trek over the Howard Frankland Bridge to enjoy all that it has to offer, from movies on the lawn, to sunrise yoga, a happy hour with The Florida Orchestra and the Indie Flea. Soon (as early as Q4 2020), the food hall will officially open. Get your appetites and iPhones ready, St. Pete.

20 months after debut, Armature Works makes major expansion

Nearly twenty months after the successful launch of the Heights Public Market located at Armature Works, the visionaries and developers behind the award-winning project will look to re-imagine over 25,000 square feet of commercial space located at Sundial in St. Petersburg, it was announced by Chas Bruck, Co-Owner for Armature Works and BE-1 Concepts.

“We are very excited to extend our brand across the bay and into downtown St. Petersburg,” commented Bruck. “While we have an ambitious timeline for completion, we look forward to launching this unique food hall experience for the entire community to enjoy.”

Where will the food hall go? Armature Works will take over several existing spaces that includes Locale Market, Jackie Z, the Wellness Center, D-Gallerie, in addition to vacant spaces on first floor. Armature will also take over the space currently occupied by FarmTable Cucina.

At least Jackie Z won’t be gone permanently. The fashion boutique is set to move into a new space on the east side fo the plaza, according to a release.

A catalyst for growth in downtown St. Pete

“When I first developed Sundial, I intended it to be a catalyst for growth in downtown St. Pete. Chas and his team created Armature Works to do the same thing for Tampa. I know that in joining forces we will create an incredible gathering place for residents and visitors alike,” commented Bill Edwards, CEO for The Edwards Group. “We are confident this will further elevate Sundial as a destination beyond St. Petersburg. We are also excited to welcome two new tenants, The Man Cave men’s grooming salon and Italian Idea, an Italian leather goods retailer to Sundial. Other wonderful, exciting tenants will be named in the near future.”

Construction will begin in early 2020 and will look to be completed by the end of the year. The entire center will remain open throughout the holidays this year before construction begins. More details about the project will be released in the future.

Could be complete in Q4 2020

“The last five years has been an incredible experience and we feel honored to have helped shape the food culture in St. Petersburg,” commented Michael Mina, Chef/Founder MINA Group for LOCALE Market. “With so many other projects and opportunities in front of me, I felt now was the right time to pass the torch. I am beyond excited to see what Chas and his team have cooked up for this community.”

Sundial St. Pete is located at 153 2nd Avenue North in downtown St. Petersburg. If you can’t wait for Armature Works to open, you can always visit the original concept in Tampa at 1910 North Ola Avenue.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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