Community Cafe allegedly forced to leave Central Avenue location, seeks new spot in St. Pete

Photo of Community Cafe Owner

This was a tough post to see. Community Cafe has been a major part of the Burg’s art and food scene for so many years. On November 6, the owners announced they were being forced out of their location at the end of November when the lease ended.

“Yesterday, we were informed by our landlord that they will not be renewing our lease ending November 30th. Yes, 24 days from now,” the owners wrote on Facebook. “This completely blindsided us, as we’ve been in discussions with them for over a year about expanding into the space next to us when that space vacates this fall.”

Seeking affordable space in St. Pete

Community Cafe is now seeking help from anyone in the Sunshine City who knows of an affordable space that would be available ASAP for Community Cafe to move into.

The local hub has hosted the popular Drag Queen Story Hour, special themed art galleries featuring local artists, book signings, film screenings, and more. It’s often been considered to be one of the best spots for vegans in the Sunshine City, too.

Community Cafe owners say they’re on the hunt for a 1,500-2,000-square-foot space. The current timeline has them at just 24 days, but they’ve reached out to the owners to see if they can get an extension.

The owners love the ‘Burg community

“St Pete is neat. Our people are amazing. Our local weirdos are loving and kind. And we need our Community Cafe. I’m so proud of the safe space we’ve created, I’m proud of the people that come in, and meet, and connect. I’m proud of our employees, I’m proud of the things we do for our community, I’m proud of our reputation. I can’t imagine my life without this space.”

The owners noted that they weren’t sure if the same fate could befall fellow restaurants on the block.

For now, we encourage you to swing by Community Cafe and enjoy their wonderful menu. It’s a local treasure for sure. If you or someone you know is aware of any space in St. Pete, please reach out to the restaurant owners.

Community Cafe, 2444 Central Avenue

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.