Oak & Stone reveals opening date in downtown St. Petersburg

The tavern's second location (and self-serve beer wall) will debut soon.

Oak & Stone St. Pete's self-serve craft beer wall showcases 50 rotating taps of American brews. - Courtesy of Oak & Stone
Courtesy of Oak & Stone
Oak & Stone St. Pete's self-serve craft beer wall showcases 50 rotating taps of American brews.

On Tuesday, Oak & Stone revealed the opening date of its second location in downtown St. Pete. The New American tavern — which business partners Joe Seidensticker and Brett Decklever founded in Sarasota two years ago — is scheduled to debut from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9.

An invitation-only event will follow in the evening, meaning Oak & Stone St. Pete’s regular lunch and dinner service begins July 10. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Next-door neighbors with Hyatt Place at 119 Central Ave., Oak & Stone is known for its artisanal wood-fired pizza and self-serve craft beer wall, where 50 rotating taps of American brews are showcased. Although the wall offers drafts from regional breweries, it puts an emphasis on St. Pete beer makers like Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing Co. and 3 Daughters Brewing.

Guests pour their own beer by using the laid-back tavern’s RFID-enabled wristband (that’s radio frequency identification). The bracelet technology links to software that starts a bar tab, keeping a record of how many ounces are consumed per visit. After reaching the 40-ounce limit, patrons can reload their wristbands with a beertender.

Got some non-beer drinkers in your crew? They have the full bar’s extensive selection of wines and spirits to choose from — among them bourbon and whiskey flights.

click to enlarge The new tavern also serves nachos — from a can. - Courtesy of Oak & Stone
Courtesy of Oak & Stone
The new tavern also serves nachos — from a can.

On the food side, chef-inspired menu options include pretzel-crusted tuna sashimi, barbacoa tacos, Philly cheese steak egg rolls and fettuccine with meatballs. Go for signature pies like the Eggs Benny (crispy bacon, Canadian bacon, caramelized onion, Cheddar, egg, hollandaise) or Far East (Korean meatballs, sesame slaw, cilantro, chili aioli, soy pearls, mozzarella), too. BTW: The house pizza dough is made from a recipe of spring wheat flour, sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil and water, then triple filtered to achieve the tavern’s taste and rise requirements. 

In honor of its launch, Oak & Stone St. Pete — featuring room for 300 guests and 6,000 square feet of restaurant space, plus a 3,000-square-foot outdoor deck with fire pits — plans to donate a portion of its sales to the nonprofit Academy Prep Center from July 9 to 14. Additional festivities round out opening week, including tap takeovers.

“Joe and I wanted to create a space where people can have fun with their family and their friends,” said Decklever in a statement. “It’s a great environment for people of all ages.”

Seidensticker added: “We are so excited to share Oak & Stone with St. Petersburg. We think the city will embrace what we have to offer and we can’t wait to be a part of the community.”


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