Two hospitality professionals are banking on downtown St. Petersburg's growth as they open their new restaurant, The Galley
, this month.
St. Pete natives Pete Boland and Ian Taylor have joined forces to create the nautical-inspired eatery and tavern at 27 Fourth St. across from Williams Park, the open-air post-office and Snell Arcade.
It's an area that is expected to change dramatically by 2018. Near the restaurant, the 400 Block
and the ONE
condo-hotel building are slated for development.
Boland doesn't disclose the pair's investment in the project, but he says "we are well-funded and in it for the long haul."
The restaurant and tavern is located in a two-story, 2,000-square-foot space that was most recently Reno Downtown Joint. Decades ago, the building served as a Howard Johnson hotel with an oversized kitchen, which is now where Chef Ian Carmichael will create high-quality food, Boland says. The menu will feature Grouper sandwiches, Cuban sandwiches, stone crabs, and desserts with fresh Florida fruit.
Boland and Taylor have made substantial renovations to the building that are largely cosmetic to create a nautical look and feel with the warmth of a local tavern. Boland says there's familial seating, a mural by Seacat Murals
, 10 HDTVs for Sunday football and local games, and a projector screen for special events.
Nearby restaurants and bars include Fuego Lounge
, Cask and Ale
, and Ruby's Elixir
. Boland says The Galley's locally-inspired gastropub with Beach Drive-quality cuisine and Central Avenue-style fun make it unique.
The target customer is locals and tourists of all ages, and Boland says he sees the restaurant as a place where locals can bring visiting friends and family.
So, what should patrons order on their first visit?
"The Grouper sandwich -- we want to serve this iconic item better than anywhere else on the peninsula," Boland says. "Or whatever special Chef Ian Carmichael has on the menu that day. He won't disappoint."
The target opening date for The Galley is mid-December, sometime before Christmas. The restaurant will create about 20 new jobs, and almost all the bar staff has been recruited. Back-of-house positions are currently being hired. To apply, email Carmichael at [email protected]
For more information about The Galley, visit the restaurant on Facebook