Escape Room, Planet Retro Continue Renaissance on MLK Street

A wave of new businesses have turned Dr. MLK Jr. Street into a haven for food and music. Engine No. 9 Burgers, the Blue Goose, Chi-Town Beefs and Dogs, Star Booty Hair Studio, the Sugar Shack and the stunning new mural by Alex Pardee have all assisted in reviving this block. Two more businesses are bringing something quite different to the area.


Code: Enigma Escape Game recently opened its doors at 517 Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard North. Up to six participants are locked in a themed room and are given 60 minutes to find their way out. Teams are tasked with using their collective brainpower to solve a series of puzzles before time expires. The game’s current theme is “Museum Heist.”


  • 1 to 2 players – $28 per person
  • 3 to 4 players – $26 per person
  • 5 to 6 players – $24 per person


Planet Retro Records is moving from its home in the Grand Central District to a new space at 226 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North. The 1,500+ sq. ft. will offer a huge selection of records as well as a solid collection of guitars. That’s because Planet Retro partnered with Guitars of St. Pete to open the space.

The grand opening celebration will be held on November 19 from 11am to 7pm. The event will bring together the businesses of the 200 Block for a mini celebration. The event will feature live DJ’s spinning throughout the day. Coney Island HotDogs, Foolish Pride Tattoo Shop and Star Booty will also join in on the fun.



Article by Andrew Harlan, writer/editor of iLovetheBurg

Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.