Globally-inspired restaurant, Acua Bistro, coming to St. Pete's EDGE District

Bringing a much needed does of gluten-free and vegan-friendly options.

click to enlarge Globally-inspired restaurant, Acua Bistro, coming to St. Pete's EDGE District
Photo via acuabistro/Instagram


Whether you’re in the mood for arepas, ceviche or a salmon bowl, Acua Bistro’s got you covered.

The globally-inspired concept is opening at 1113 Central Ave. sometime soon, though an opening date is still TBA, according to an Instagram post. Acua is taking over the old Baum Avenue Market location and is sharing the space with Karma Juice Bar, situated right next to Intermezzo.

In an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, owners of Karma stated that they are the leaseholder of the old Baum Avenue Market space. Acua Bistro is a collaboration between Karma's owner, Josie Barber and Acua Bistro's chef, Acua Silva. Karma Eatery will still remain open during the daytime while Acua Bistro will open in the evenings on select days of the week.

Bringing a much needed savory taste to the otherwise sweet-heavy corner of the EDGE District, the food promises to be gluten-free and vegan-friendly. The arepas themselves come stuffed with chicken, beef or veggies and the ceviche is made with white fish and a passion fruit sauce, topped with onions and crunchy corn.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, Karma offers smoothies, juices and acai bowls. Intermezzo next door satisfies all your coffee and cocktail needs depending on the time of day you’re visiting (coffee is a day-time treat while the cocktails come out after dark).

To stay up-to-date with the latest, follow Acua Bistro’s Instagram @acuabistro.

UPDATED 07/28/21 11:45 a.m. Updated with comment from owners of Karma Juice Bar.

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