Cassis revealed plans today for a significant remodel and transformation of the downtown restaurant, starting with a 4-day closure after brunch on Sunday, September 17th and reopening on Friday, September 22nd before dinner service. Seven years after opening on the corner 2nd Avenue North and St. Pete’s trendy Beach Drive, the principals of the French-American inspired eatery described the effort as a refresh with a side of efficiency, and each guest’s experience in mind.
Interior, exterior & kitchen to be updated
Included among the updates is a remodel of the indoor bar, a significant kitchen overhaul with new equipment, new fixtures inside and out, new signage and the extension of an outdoor lounge and cabana area on the 2nd Avenue North corner. The changes are expected to bring a notable update in both design and function of Cassis.
“We’ve had an amazing seven years in St. Pete and want to continually elevate our guests’ experience. Having learned a lot since our opening in 2010, we are putting experience to good use by raising the bar and keeping pace with St. Pete’s growing foodie experience culture.” – executive chef, Jeremy Duclut.
Strategically, elements including the kitchen update will allow for faster service as well as optimize the staff’s ability to maintain quality and consistency. Replacing the single long booth with a high top that combines smaller booths and seats will make the indoor bar area more functional for guests to socialize and dine.
Enhanced experience with introduction of patio cabanas
The most significant and functional change at Cassis, scheduled for mid-to-late-October, is the transformation of the 2nd Avenue North patio area from covered tables and chairs to a free-standing lounge area with four cabanas and two high tops. Tentatively named “The Lounge at Cassis,” it will feature an exclusive cocktail menu crafted by Cassis and made with fresh ingredients on order.