King State reopens today in Tampa Heights, and 100 percent of booze profits will go to Black Lives Matter

“It’s bigger than us. Bigger than a family of 18 workers trying to make it by. Bigger than a new business who turns a year old later this month.”

click to enlarge King State reopens today in Tampa Heights, and 100 percent of booze profits will go to Black Lives Matter
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After closing its dining room for three months and shifting to a takeout only model during the coronavirus pandemic, King State finally reopened today, but with some new guidelines in place and a booze-centered fundraising model for Black Lives Matter.

The Tampa Heights coffee shop took to Instagram yesterday to announce the reopening, and that 100% of all alcohol profits over the next week will go to Black Lives Matter. 

“It’s bigger than us. Bigger than a family of 18 workers trying to make it by. Bigger than a new business who turns a year old later this month,” wrote King State. “It’s an 18 person KS family working towards changing our community and city to bring change long term. When equality rises, everyone rises. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. This is just the start.” 

King State also announced new social distancing rules and guidelines. Going forward, all staff will be wearing gloves and masks, and guests are also encouraged to do so. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the bar and indoor seating area. The space will also no longer offer WiFi to the public for the time being. 

King State will have new daily hours, as well, opening from 8 a.m.-10 p.m, with the kitchen closing at 9 p.m. A new dinner menu will also make its big debut. 

“We’ve been working so hard on the bar & specifically the night vibe. Pumped for you guys to come check it out,” says King State. “Thanks in advance for your patience & understanding during this time. We’re so insanely thankful for your support & love through all this.”


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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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