St. Pete restaurants and bars respond to COVID-19 spike

Exterior of Pacific Counter

Just over a week ago the state of Florida entered phase II of reopening. This allowed bars, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and entertainment venues to reopen. It also increased dine-in capacity across the state. In recent weeks a spat of positive COVID-19 tests at local hubs has caused shut downs. Now, more spots are responding to potential exposure by restricting service.

One June 16, three bars surrounding Jannus Live, which includes The Pelican Pub, The Landing, and Detroit Liquor, shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

“Earlier this morning, we learned that one of our staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” Jannus Live officials wrote on Facebook. “As many of you may know, we operate multiple locations in a common space. Although this staff member was not a part of our direct bar service team, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily shut down for the next couple of days to sanitize and deep clean thoroughly.”

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The Galley, a popular bar and restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg announced a similar closing.

“Earlier this afternoon, we at The Galley learned that a few of our staffers have tested positive for COVID-19,” wrote owner Pete Boland. “All those exhibiting any symptoms were told to immediately see a doctor and obtain a test. We have quarantined those staffers for the recommended 14 days.”

Out of an abundance of caution, Boland opted to shut down The Galley temporarily.

The Galley will re-open when they are able to test all of their employees, not just those who have experienced symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus.

Park & Rec DTSP, a popular arcade and bar offer of 1st Avenue South and 3rd Street, announced a temporary shut down on June 12.

“Earlier today, we became aware of a staff member who tested positive for Covid19. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our customers, we have temporarily closed Park & Rec DTSP to thoroughly sanitize our restaurant. Additionally, all of our staff is being tested for coronavirus,” the bar posted on Facebook.

“Any team members testing positive will be quarantined and will not return to work until a doctor has deemed it safe.”

COPA temporarily closes for dine-in

Other restaurants are now looking to stay ahead of any potential outbreaks. COPA, a restaurant and bar in the EDGE District, announced that it would close for dine-in service temporarily.

“Due to the recent spike In Covid-19 cases in the Pinellas County, we have decided to temporarily close dine-in service to allow all of our staff to be screened and tested for Covid-19,” the owners wrote on Instagram.

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Beans & Barlour, the ‘Burg’s boozy dessert hub, has opted to close for dine-in service as well. They’ll still offer spaced seating outside, and plenty of to-go cocktails and boozy desserts.

“After a very busy weekend and the increasing COVID cases in our area, we feel this is the best decision to continue working safely,” the restaurant wrote in an Instagram post. “We view serving you as a privilege and take this responsibility very seriously. Thank you for all your support!”

Hawkers Asian Street Fare in the EDGE District has announced a temporary shutdown.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have decided to proactively close our St. Pete location – temporarily – due to the recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases across the City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County,” the owners wrote in a statement. “This temporary closure will allow us to perform additional CDC-approved deep cleaning procedures through every nook & cranny in the restaurant, as a purely preemptive precaution while the St. Pete area experiences this spike in cases.” 

Pacific Counter remains committed to the health and safety of employees and guests

Pacific Counter, a 600 Block staple, has remained vigilant in keeping its staff and customers safe. The owners have kept the dining room closed to guests from the outset of this pandemic, and will continue to do so.

“In addition to our dining room remaining closed, all members of our PC Team continue to wear masks at all times in the building. We remain diligent in the sanitization of all surfaces, changing gloves frequently, and washing our hands constantly,” wrote the owners in a Facebook post.

“We remain open for Takeout & Delivery, which can be ordered online, over the phone, or in-person at PC. Takeout can be picked up just inside our front door, or brought out to your vehicle. We provide contactless delivery, and place your order right at your front door for you.”

You can order Pacific Counter for pickup or delivery directly on its website.

Do you plan to dine-in at any restaurants this week? Let us know in the comments.

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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.