Ford’s Garage announced it would take over the former Rowdies Den space in downtown St. Pete, oh, back in 2016. But since then, ICYMI, Yeoman’s Cask & Lion has been added to the project, which aims to premiere between May 1 and 8.
Owned by 23 Restaurant Services, the two restaurant brands occupy the 4,500-square-foot property with 150 seats at 200 First Ave. S. Both Ford’s and Yeoman’s will have their own dining rooms, kitchens, patio areas and menus — operating as separate sibling eateries that just happen to be next door to one another.
Yeoman’s does traditional British pub fare in a setting inspired by the streets of England, while Ford’s specializes in gourmet burgers and craft beer throughout its Henry Ford-themed digs. St. Pete is the ninth location for Fort Myers-born Ford’s and the second for Yeoman’s, founded in downtown Tampa.
“We made the decision early on about adding Yeoman’s because of the size of the space,” said Marc Brown, president of 23 Restaurant Services. “We also thought both brands would be very successful in that market.”
Ford’s St. Pete, however, isn’t the first concept from 23 Restaurant Services — the Tampa-based hospitality company behind other dining spots like Capone’s Coal Fired Pizza in Fort Myers — to become neighbors with a Yeoman’s. Set to expand outside of Tampa Bay, Yeoman’s and Ford’s will each debut an outpost to Hamlin, a master-planned, mixed-use community near Orlando, in the fall. And their forthcoming sibling, City Market Eats, is also underway in downtown Tampa two doors down from Yeoman’s flagship location.
Scheduled to open April 30 at 206 N. Morgan St., City Market Eats has formed partnerships with local restaurants to sell their eats on-site. Items available for purchase from the new grab-and-go marketplace include The Revolution Ice Cream Co., hot dogs that can be jazzed up with an unlimited toppings bar, 813 Go Joe Coffee (23 Restaurant Services’ custom blend), and sundries.
But, wait, there’s more.
In Riverview, the hospitality company hopes to launch Tiki Docks River Bar & Grill along the Alafia River within the first quarter of 2019. Though construction on the project at the corner of U.S. 301 and Palmetto Street hasn’t begun yet, the waterfront restaurant weights in at 15,000 square feet and features an island vibe.
Phew. How’s that for growth?