‘Burg Bits: Uptown Eats, artsy Beach House boutique in Gulfport, Sauvignon Wine Locker

Exterior sign of Uptown Eats next to a pastry
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Amid the pandemic, and myriad challenges, local businesses have managed to bring their passion projects to life. Through community support and pure tenacity these businesses are alive in the Sunshine City — and beyond.

Here’s a few quick bites to keep on your radar in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Uptown Eats 

Uptown Eats is officially official! Owner Dan Schmidt has carved out his own space for coffee, pastries, and more dinner delicacies in the future.

The concept is right next door to Mize Gallery and Neat Neat Neat, as well as down the block from Gypsy Soul Coffee Roasters and St. Pete Salt Works.

Right now, the restaurant will just be open in the mornings. Uptown Eats will continue its Monday meal available for pickup, and should be consistently open by the end of next week.

We’re eagerly watching out for Dan’s incredible homemade Rice Krispie Treats.

Inside, you’ll find a gorgeous mural by the one and only Chad Mize.

Follow Uptown Eats on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Uptown Eats, 689-D Dr. MLK Jr. Street North

Beach House 5317 Gulfport

Looking for a new space to shop local art? Beach House in Gulfport hosts its grand opening this Sunday.

The shop is home to art, crystals, home decor and furniture.

Beach House is a collective of local artists bringing art and furniture with a beachy boho vibe so you can create your own peaceful Beach House.

They grand open this Sunday, September 13.

Follow Beach House on Facebook for opening details.

Beach House, 5317 Beach Boulevard

Sauvignon on Central Avenue 

Described as a wine locker and American trattoria, Sauvignon will arrive upstairs of 241 Central Avenue.

Certified sommelier Chris Ciarcia has partnered with Jim Jenkins to open the bar/restaurant on one of the Burg’s busiest blocks. Sauvignon will serve a fresh seasonal menu with homemade pastas, grilled meats, salads, cheese and charcuterie, and a major emphasis on desserts and dessert wine pairings.

The concept was initially announced nearly a one year ago. The owners have begun posting updates on Instagram once again after a brief hiatus.

The owners also said there will be an extensive by the glass and by the bottle wine list. A club membership program is also being developed. For you ambitious wine masters, this place could serve as a proving ground.

An official opening timeline has not been set yet. Follow Sauvignon on Instagram for updates.

Sauvignon, 241 Central Avenue

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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