Burg Bits: Top 3 Pier Designs Selected, New Tapas Restaurant On Central

Park, Walk and Cheer 

The St. Pete Police Department and the Tampa Bay Rays announced an initiative on March 23 that would begin awarding outstanding behavior on the part of citizens with 4 tickets to any Rays game during the 2015 season (as long as it's not sold out). Seems that not all tickets are bad in the Burg.

This initiative is part of Chief Anothony Holloway's hope to better the relationship between St. Pete citizens and the police department. With officers pounding the pavement to establish positive relationships and begin constructive dialogues with the residents of the neighborhoods they serve, it now pays to be kind and courteous in the city. 



And Then There Were Three…

*Alma design

*Destination St. Pete Pier design

*Pier Park design

After the Pier public survey revealed majority support for the Destination St. Pete Pier design concept, the Pier Selection Committee made their top three picks for the new St. Pete Pier: Alma, Destination St. Pete and The Pier Park. The committee will be requesting additional technical information from each design group regarding their proposed concept. Visit the New St. Pete Pier website for immediate updates on the committee's final decision. 




Pata Negra, the new tapas theme restaurant on Central Avenue, hosted an opening reception on Thursday, March 19, and is now officially open in St. Pete. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a variety of dishes including those that appeal to those on gluten-free and vegetarian diets.

For breakfast, you need to try their gluten-free oatmeal bowl covered in cinnamon and sweet plantains. For lunch, you can indulge in their mofongo de camarones and their empanadas de cangrejo. The veggie tapas plate of spaghetti squash with orange blossom honey is a light bit of heaven as well. For dinner, the bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds over endive leaves with blue cheese dressing are revelatory along with their tres leches dessert.

With the inclusion of ThinkTank's reimagining of the First Friday celebration on the 200 Block, this staple strip in downtown is rising as an entertainment and foodie desitination. 

Pata Negra is located at 200 Central Avenue. They are open from 7:30am-10pm Monday through Wednesday; 7:30am-11pm on Thursday; 7:30am-midnight on Friday and Saturday. For a full menu, visit their official website and keep up with their special offerings by liking them on Facebook



Gush Juice

*Photo via GUSH

If you're looking to kick your health into overdrive, we suggest visiting GUSH Juice. They are an organic, cold pressed juice bar offering nitro and cold brewed coffee along with their signature collection of juices.

*Photo via GUSH

Their offerings are healthy and meant to provide energy, nutrients and taste into your daily routine. GUSH Juice is located at 1100 4th Street North, Suite 101.



Alvin's Lounge

Alvin's Lounge is a live music sanctuary in St. Pete. The bar opened quietly in the Burg a little while ago but has since gained popularity through its rotating drink specials, its commitment to high quality performers and their desire to engage with the community. For a a full list of upcoming performances and the drink specials that accompany their arrival, just visit Alvin's Facebook page.

Alvin's Lounge is located at 119 1st Avenue North. 

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.