New Downtown Restaurant, Paul’s Landing, Opens at the Vinoy

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort officially opened its new waterfront restaurant, Paul’s Landing, Monday, February 19, 2018. The chic yet laid-back eatery is poised to become a landmark dining spot for locals and travelers alike, serving innovative Florida-inspired cuisine on its locally sourced menu. 

The story behind the restaurant’s name dates back over 150 years, when a US Navy carpenter, William Paul, began construction on a seaside railroad depot. For the project, Paul crafted temporary barracks, and a smokehouse, as well as the first pier on record in St. Petersburg – which was frequented by local fisherman.  After being discharged from the Navy, Paul returned to this settlement with his family, planted a small orchard of Florida Orange trees and continued to smoke fresh fish and shellfish pulled from the bay. He named his settlement “Paul’s Landing,” and the rest was history. Inspired by this history and the flavors of seafood, citrus and smoke, Paul’s Landing pays homage with cuisine that incorporates the fresh Floridian ingredients from all those years ago.

Guests and locals alike can enjoy dishes such as fresh clams with orange and jalapeño broth from Tampa Bay-based Two Docks Shellfish, beer brined smoked wings, Gulf fish tacos and a chef favorite – the smoked fish spread. The drink menu offers playful specialty cocktails, unique and rotating on tap cocktails, as well as daily frozen creations made with fresh pressed juices and spirits. As an homage to Downtown St. Petersburg’s craft brew scene, the restaurant will feature a wide variety of regional beers, including the Paul’s Landing Orange Wheat, a signature brew created in collaboration by the resort’s head chef and local Three Daughters Brewing’s Brewmaster in 2014. 

Featuring combined indoor and outdoor seating for 200 guests; the restaurant boasts ample plush seating, group tables, an outdoor fire pit, al fresco lounges and more. Paul’s Landing will serve as the ideal spot for social gatherings, family dinners and special celebrations. What’s more, the restaurant plans to host unique events for guests and the local community, such as themed dinners, trivia nights, black and white movies on the promenade and more.

Paul’s Landing is located at the Vinoy on 501 5th Avenue NE.

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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.