The Big Catch at Salt Creek quietly opens in St. Pete

The Burg’s new waterfront destination for food, drinks and live music has officially opened its door. The concept announced on Facebook that they’d quietly open on July 5. A more official opening with an expanded menu is planned for July 11.

It replaces the former Fish Tales restaurant at 1500 2nd Street South. Expect plenty of space to dock your boat and ample room to enjoy those serene waterfront views.

A group of locals with serious history in the food industry, consisting of Mario Farias, Larry Munch and Jon La Budde, came together to bring The Big Catch at Salt Creek to life.

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Executive Chef Mark Hook will certainly have some spectacular seafood items in store for new diners. There will also be a full bar, so you can sip on a cocktail while enjoying the stellar waterfront view.

The owners intend to have a boat valet for those looking to make a pit stop on an outing. Improvements at the Harborage Marina will expand the number of docks available for those looking to post up for the afternoon.

For the 700+ members of Harborage Marina, the restaurant will offer boxed to-go meals to take before a day out on the water.

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Improvements to the space include a reconfigured bar, a new kitchen, seating for roughly 150 visitors and, of course, the tiki hut. There will also be space for regular live music performances. It’s set to be an ultra casual hangout that could become the next great staple in the St. Pete culinary and hangout scene.

Keep up with everything going on at The Big Catch by following them on Facebook. Tentative hours are 4-11pm on July 5, and 10am-10pm through the weekend.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article stated that Pete Boland and Ian Taylor were a part of this concept. The pair have not been involved since December. The article has since been updated to reflect the change.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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