Rooftop Sushi Bar, Tequila Fest, Bridal Show and More at Fully Realized Red Mesa Events

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Red Mesa Cantina has livened up the Burg’s downtown area for nearly a decade. The Lucha bar, outdoor courtyard and exceptional tequila selection have become staples in the culinary community.

Opening in the midst of a recession, Cantina owners stuck true to their craft and carved out a permanent space for themselves in the hearts and palettes of Burg residents. The Cantina concept will further evolve in the fall/winter of 2017 with the launch of Red Mesa Events.

Instead of renting just four walls, you’re walking into a brand new, totally remodeled space.

– Pete Veytia

Massive indoor and outdoor area for weddings/corporate events

The new events venue offers 3,500 SF of indoor space, an additional 1,100 SF of outdoor space on the Cantinita Terrace, with room for up to 120 guests.  Once complete, the space will serve as one of the top spots for weddings/corporate events in the Sunshine City. Earliest bookings will be available in mid-December.

Red Mesa’s multi-decade long relationship with the top musicians, florists and decorators will help simplify the wedding planning process. The venue has a full-time coordinator on staff to serve as customer’s proverbial wedding planner.


Classic Red Mesa fare, along with French and Italian cuisine 

Those who rent out the venue will not be in want of food. Customers will have their pick of classic Red Mesa Restaurant dishes; however, Chef Chris Fernandez has a multitude of experience with cuisine from around the world. French-, Italian- and Chinese-influenced menus will be available.

Of course, the space will be available for more than just private parties. Owner Pete Veytia revealed plans for the return of Tequila Fest in November. The event will be held on the first and second floors of their Cantina space and feature an all-star roster of tequila brands.

Tequila Fest and Bridal Show coming to the Cantina 

To showcase all that Red Mesa Events offers, the owners plan to host a massive bridal show, replete with sample menus, floral arrangements, DJs, bands and all the other necessities to make a wedding remarkable. Future events include wine, tequila and chef-inspired dinners.

As the city of St. Pete continues to grow, so too must the businesses within it. Innovation is inevitable, and the activation of a rooftop area will certainly serve as a marquee attraction for Red Mesa going forward.


DeSanto rooftop cocktail and sushi bar in the works 

Formerly the Push Lounge, Red Mesa’s new rooftop bar, DeSanto, boasts a Mediterranean ambiance. To deal with the volatile nature of the Burg’s weather, 50% of bar will be covered by an aluminum canopy.  Cocktails will be created with small batch tequila, whiskey, and a rotating selection of gin and vodka. Selected brands will be brought in by the barrel, which in turn will help lower the costs of cocktails.

A brand as beloved and well-run as Red Mesa allows it to retain employees who help to further build its character. Nearly 10 employees have been with the restaurant for 20 years. Overall, the Red Mesa group employs 165 Tampa Bay residents. They’ll add 30-40 more employees once their upstairs space opens.

Foodie icon evolves with the Sunshine City

The imminent opening of Red Mesa Events and the rooftop bar is another milestone for a restaurant family that includes a restaurant on 4th Street, the Cantina downtown and Mercado in the booming EDGE District. How do you stand out in a city bursting with food inspiration?

Pete Veytia has the answer: “Deliver from day one and you’ll have customers for life.”

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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