The beginnings of the Twisted Indian and Asian fusion concepts • St Pete Catalyst

Restaurant concepts fusing traditional cuisines from different cultures with an expansion of cafes are all within the indoor happenings of St. Petersburg’s growing foodie scene. Here is a taste of the latest gastronomic and food news from the region:

Indian twisted open

The Twisted Indian held its pre-opening May 3 in St. Pete’s Greater Central District at 2639 Central Ave.

The Twisted Indian started as a food truck business in 2015.

A naanwhich from The Twisted Indian. Picture: Facebook

Main dishes on the brick-and-mortar restaurant’s menu range from Bollywood bowls with chicken tikka masala and lamb, to tofu tacos and yogi fries to its naanwhich, which is made with naan bread. There are also various accompaniments, including spicy cauliflower and chickpeas.

The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

The Blend will open a fourth location

The Blend Coffee and Wine store, known for stealing unique coffee flavors, will open another location.

The Blend, founded in 2006 by Stacha Madsen, has grown from a small coffee stand in Seattle to a full-fledged scalable brand in St. Petersburg with three locations and plans to add a fourth.

Coffee from The Blend. Picture: Facebook

The three existing stores include 1211 4th St. N., formerly used as a cycle store; 490 1st Ave. S. inside the Tampa Bay Weather building; and one at 2760 34th St. N., which previously housed a sandwich shop.

The fourth location will be at 6730 Central Ave., previously occupied by Checkers. The new store should open soon.

Unlike other shops in The Blend, customers will not be able to enter the new restaurant.

However, Madsen will still design the space to match the aesthetic of existing stores – and the new location will have plenty of outdoor seating.

Learn more about The Blend’s new location and the story behind the owner.

New concept downtown

The team behind Noble Crust and Fat Beet Farm will launch a new concept in downtown St. Pete.

Noble Crust announced on Facebook that it will open, alongside longtime partner Fat Beet Farm, its new concept – Noble Tavern Off The Farm – in the Tru by Hilton Downtown hotel on Central Avenue.

The Tru by Hilton Downtown St. Petersburg hotel. Google Maps.

This will add to the Off The Cuff Concepts portfolio of restaurants, which includes the Noble Crust and Fat Beet Farm kitchen and bakery.

Noble Tavern will blend the atmosphere of a traditional old world tavern into a modern design.

The new sister concept is expected to open in 2023.

Opening of a seafood restaurant with cafe

Cap’s, a café, bar and seafood restaurant rolled into one, is open for business.

The coffee/seafood/alcohol infused restaurant opened at 226 1st Ave. NOT.

Cap’s Shrimp and Pasta in St. Pete. Picture: Facebook

The cafe’s operations are managed by the owners of the Coffee Ground, who previously operated a store on Treasure Island.

The cafe has a full liquor bar where bartenders create caffeinated cocktails and other concoctions.

The main restaurant specializes in seafood, with a raw oyster bar and a steam bar stocked with mussels, scallops, and prawns.

The concept was developed by longtime commercial real estate agent Jon LaBudde and Jeff Knight, who own the Jannus Live concert hall and other venues through his company, Knight Global.

An Asian fusion restaurant makes a grand entrance

The Green Pagoda which mixes Asian and American cuisines has been added to St. Pete’s diverse list of food scenes.

Snapper risotto topped with Green Pagoda curry sauce. Picture: Facebook

Restaurateur Sean Thongsiri, who is behind the Asian restaurant Mangosteen on Central Avenue, this month opened the Green Pagoda at 7900 4th St. N.

The menu offers dishes such as pad thai, dumplings, fried rice and a long list of sushi. American dishes include lobster risotto, filet mignon, and grilled fish, drizzled with coconut curry.

Comments are closed.