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click to enlarge Bowled's owner and manager, Michael Cecere, announces his leave. What happens to the restaurant now? - Eric Snider
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Bowled's owner and manager, Michael Cecere, announces his leave. What happens to the restaurant now?

MacDinton's makes its way to Downtown St. Pete

MacDinton's Irish Pub and Restaurant, known for its lively scene in Tampa's SoHo District, is bringing Irish spirit(s), pub fare and revelry to Downtown St. Pete and opening just in time to ring in the new year.

Scheduled to open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30th, MacDinton's is setting up their second location on the other side of the bridge in the Jannus Live entertainment complex on the 1st Avenue North side of the complex, where the ping pong social club, SPiN Galactic, was formerly set to open. Guests can enjoy a $10 open bar on opening day from 6-8 p.m. and live music throughout the night.

"We'd been searching for another venue for about a year-and-a-half and we needed a large space," says MacDinton’s founding partner Barry O’Connor. "Seeing as Jannus Live is the best live music venue on this side of the Bay, and MacDinton's has a strong commitment to live music, it's the perfect match."

Guests can grab a pint or two before and after concerts at Jannus, have access to the Jannus Live courtyard, and be able to catch live shows seven days a week inside this new location. As for the food, it they'll be serving up "traditional Irish fare with a twist."

The ownership group doesn't want a carbon copy of the Howard Avenue location, though, and plans to, "adapt to our surroundings — like we did in Tampa," according to partner Marcus Winters. MacDinton's St. Pete's three bars are to be handcrafted by local artisans and will feature murals hand-painted by local artists.

242 1st Ave. N. (Jannus Live complex), St. Pete, 727-565-0544,

The St. Pete Kitchen will cook up gourmet food at "no frills prices" at Jannus Live

Also making a home in Jannus Landing, The St. Pete Kitchen is slated to open just soon after the new year, serving "gourmet food, no frills prices". The 400-seat eatery will serve concertgoers at Jannus Live, the Pelican Pub, cater for the Crystal Head Lounge and VIP Suites, and guests can enjoy "Celebrity" chef J. Sean Squires fare in the restaurant's Kitchen Kafe. The St. Pete Kitchen will also offer a catering and delivery menu to hungry folks within a 10-mile radius.

The venue will sport "two large garage style doors and a street-side window bar where one can order anything from brown rice sushi to chicken and waffles", reports I Love the Burg blog. It will also reportedly have the longest open kitchen in the Bay area where diners can be entertained by cooks preparing food right in front of their eyes.

The restaurant's website and Facebook are up and running so eager guests can get updates on when opening day will be and they can also sign up for the newsletter on the website. Also listed on the website is an open call for staff, as they're "hiring all positions."

200 1st Avenue North, Suite 226, St. Pete,

Bowled owner takes a break

On Dec. 19th, Bowled's chef and owner, Michael Cecere, announced his departure from the restaurant for an indeterminate amount of time as he "will be leaving for the time to begin another journey."

This doesn't mean the restaurant is closing, though, as Cecere later posted that Bowled "has not been, nor will be sold," and he'll be handing over the reins to the new manager, Robb Weese. While Weese will be handling the restaurant, Cecere plans to take this hiatus to "may focus on the development of this restaurant concept and dedicate the time I need for that."

Cecere announced back in October that he planned to open a second location 475 Central Ave. in the Kress Building in downtown St. Pete, slated to open between December 2011 and February 2012, though there have been no further reports on the progress of this new location or if it's still in the works.

3451 Fourth St. N, St. Pete, 727-895-2695,

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