The bar’s final days include a Burke Bros. Trio concert on Friday, Sept. 30. Indie St. Pete’s popular Sunday Jazz Project led by James Suggs—which owner Veronica Danko will probably miss more than anything—will be the last event, set for Sunday, Oct. 2.
“We are proud that we were the first to bring a World Class Beer Hall to this wonderful city and we are thankful for all of the support over the years," Danko, who co-founded Indie St. Pete in 2005, wrote in an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “This is a heartbreaking decision, but I am confident that it is the right one."
Danko used to live in St. Pete, and raised her daughter there, so selling the building—not the brand—is a tough move, especially since she’ll no longer have a place to see Indie St. Pete’s small staff and many loyal customers, including some who’ve been there since day one. “I will miss the link that I have to that community,” Danko added.
She told CL that she’s sold the building to a partnership group that includes Ryan Griffin, who’s involved in popular St. Pete concepts like The Mandarin Hide and TrophyFish. She would not disclose the financials behind the deal, but said that the sale allows her to to concentrate on other endeavors.
Over the last two years, it's been challenging for Danko to keep her businesses open and properly take care of her staffs. During the pandemic, and as the Tampa Bay restaurant industry navigates out of it, she became more motivated to simplify her life and take more time for family and friends.
“As much as it pains me to let go of this, I know it is the right decision. We never had any prior offers, but we became aware of some interest lately and a deal was made very quickly,” she said.