Park & Rec Set to Expand Downtown Location

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Hunger + Thirst Group is doubling up the fun in downtown St. Pete. Starting on November 13, Park & Rec will expand its social gaming concept as it takes over the current Proper space.

Owner, Stephen Schrutt, wants to expand upon the nostalgic fun that the concept has become known for.

“This is about the Park & Rec concept growing. We’re looking to open up more locations in other markets. We’re amazed that in its first year, we have that kind of demand.” – Stephen Schrutt

Schrutt grew up in the 80s and 90s and he shared an Atari with his older brother. He’s been playing video games his whole life. When creating the concept for Park & Rec, a “social gaming bar”, he wanted to give people a place that they could go to any day of the week, whether a guest is heading out on their own or with a group of friends, there are games and entertainment there for them to enjoy.

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Changes coming with expansion

Changes that will be made at Park & Rec include new signage, additional bars, more arcade and outdoor games (like giant beer pong, giant ‘Connect Four’, ping pong, and corn hole), high top tables, and a dedicated food menu.

The main goal is to create more synergy between The Avenue and Park & Rec. Guests will have an enhanced experience and be able to go from one concept to the other to enjoy what each has to offer. Schrutt and his staff see that the demand for Park & Rec to have a bigger footprint is there.

Shareable menu items coming to Park & Rec

Park & Rec will be able to utilize the kitchen equipment that was brought in for Proper to smoke wings and pork for Park & Rec as well as wood oven pizzas. These types of menu items will be shareable and add to the atmosphere at Park & Rec that calls for groups of friends to play and have fun together.

At first, the menu will be limited to include items like unique sandwiches and even a house made HotPocket, just  to name a few. The menu will grow soon after the expansion. Hunger + Thirst will be able to build up their offsite and onsite catering and events department as well.

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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.