The owners of Chief’s Creole Cafe—located at 901 22nd St. S— took to Facebook to announce the immediate closure of their southern restaurant.
“Mr. & Mrs. B are moving to their next chapter. We wish to thank our staff for their dedication, loyalty, and commitment,” the restaurant’s social media reads. “We will retain the facility and it will be available to any entrepreneur who would like or need a venue.”
Just late last year, the southern restaurant expanded its dinner hours and added a wide spread of vegan dishes to its menu.
In addition to their pink building on 22nd St. S, the Brayboys own a variety of other parcels throughout St. Pete’s Deuces district. The Brayboys are of course known for their delicious southern dishes, but even more so for being active in St. Pete’s Black community over the decades.
Further detailed in St. Pete publication the Weekly Challenger, the Brayboys have worked towards restoring the historic Deuces neighborhood, which was once the "epicenter of the Black community during the days of segregation."
According to a February article from St. Pete Catalyst, the Brayboys recently announced plans for a "uniquely affordable housing project" in the Deuces district.
Following the immediate closure of Chief's Creole Cafe, it seems like the St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour will have to find a new headquarters.