An ‘authentically inauthentic’ tiki pop-up runs through June at Intermezzo in St. Petersburg

Just 400 feet away from the new Burnt Ends tiki bar at Dr. BBQ.

click to enlarge Intermezzo's 'Aloha' tiki pop-up runs through June in St. Petersburg, Florida. - Intermezzo
Intermezzo's 'Aloha' tiki pop-up runs through June in St. Petersburg, Florida.

There’s just 400 feet of sidewalk between the new Burnt Ends Tiki Bar at Dr. BBQ and downtown St. Pete bar scene staple Intermezzo, but who said there’s a limit on how much tiki the rounded corner at 11th Street and Central Avenue can handle?

Certainly not Intermezzo owner Jarrett Sabatini who, in a press release, promises tiki flair and cocktails at this pop-up where, “We have sourced recipes and taken inspiration from the originators of the 1940’s and 1950’s tiki movement to bring something authentically inauthentic to St. Pete.” The pop-up runs through the month and culminates with a Pride Luau Party on June 26.

For kicks, we asked Sabatini what ingredients were in his “authentically inauthentic” Navy grog. We haven’t heard back, but it’s also kind of awkward to think about a Pride Luau at Sabatini’s bar. While Jarrett has distanced himself from past comments made by his brother (blackface-wearing, mask lawsuit-filing Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini), CL asked Jarrett if there was anything to say to those who point out that, in February, Anthony pretty much set the blueprint for Florida’s new trans sports legislation when he filed legislation that would, in part, bar transgender girls from competing in girl's sports in school.

CL didn’t hear back about the grog or the luau in time for press, but we’ll update this post with any new comment. Pop-up runs through June.

Aloha Room Pop-Up at Intermezzo (through June). Pride Luau on Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m. Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. @intermezzocoffee on Facebook

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