Burg Bits: Grumpy Gringo, Chick’n Cone, Mary Margaret’s opening downtown

Exterior of an Irish Tavern

From fast casual concepts, to old Irish taverns, there’s a lot arriving in the Sunshine City in the coming weeks, folks. Here’s a quick list of what’s here, and what’s coming soon in the Sunshine City. WARNING: This list will make you hungry.

Grumpy Gringo emerges on the 200 Block

Grumpy Gringo made quick work renovating the old Burrito Boarder concept at  17 3rd Street North. Burrito Boarder wrapped its last burrito just before the end of 2019 downtown. The local artists at Wax & Hive put a fresh coat of paint, and a bit of art on the building, ahead of its official downtown debut.

A bit of sprucing up on the inside helped make the space feel new again and now the restaurant, which also replaced TacoSon at 2510 22nd Avenue North, is now up and running.

The menu isn’t a major departure from what you used to love at Burrito Boarder. A few house specialties include pork tamales, shrimp tacos, menundo soup, hearty breakfast burritos, and crab tostadas.

Almost forgot to mention the pineapple cake. Get the pineapple cake, y’all.

Follow Grumpy Gringo on Facebook and Instagram for update.

You put the fried chicken in the waffle cone and eat it up 

Chick’n Cone tells utensils to fork off. The fried chicken in a waffle cone concept has already painted the former Lonni’s space on the 400 Block of Central Avenue pure orange — 425 Central Avenue to be exact. Don’t fret, Lonni’s just moved one door down. That deli isn’t going anywhere.

The tasty concept began in New York City and kind of took off from there. Initially a location was teased for the city of Tampa, but plans changed and Chick’n Cone went all in on the ‘Burg.

When it opens, you better prepare your taste buds for a sensational variety of flavors. Sauces include a kicking ranch dressing, a Carolina-style BBQ, a cinnamon maple blend, a traditional BBQ and a buffalo bleu cheese.

Follow Chick’nCone on Facebook and Instagram for updates on an opening date and official location. We will update the article as more details become available.

Cheers to a new Irish Tavern 

Looks like the 200 Block is getting a brand new bar. Mary Margaret’s is set to be an Irish Tavern in the former Sea Dog space at 29 3rd Street North.

St. Pete Rising first reported that the owners of The Galley were debuting the space, alongside fellow veterans in the restaurant industry: Roger Zeghibe, Aaron Van Dora, Jack Caramello and Chris DiNeno.

Creative Loafing followed up and provided a quick look at light bites the tavern will offer.

An opening date is still TBA. You can follow Mary Margaret’s progress on the Tavern’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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