St. Pete Brasserie opening second location — La Petite Brasserie in Clearwater

Wilko has added a bar to the extra room attached to the restaurant -- usually used for overflow or special events -- and is labeling it "539 at St. Pete Brasserie." It will be have the restaurant's full menu at lunch and dinner, but Wilko sees it becoming a late-night spot that will hopefully bring more people to that block of Central after regular dinner hours.

539 will debut in about a week, followed by a big grand opening celebration for St. Pete Brasserie on Oct. 3, to thank his loyal customers for their support. After that, he's planning to devote his time to getting La Petite Brasserie ready for theoretical lat October debut.

Just talked to Wilko (Andrew Wilkins, owner of St. Pete Brasserie) and he had some exciting news that's a tad different than the news he called me about a couple months back. Then, Wilko was on the verge of closing St. Pete Brasserie, or selling it off to some investors who wanted to transform it into a chain concept. Thansk to the power of social (and traditional) media, his devoted customers streamed in and showed their support. Now, things are going much better.

"I got a couple of investors involved in the restaurant," says Wilko. "We found this Superhero place in Clearwater, ridiculous price, couldn't turn it down." The new spot will be called La Petite Brasserie (near the intersection of Belcher and Nursery) and will serve a menu almost identical to the St. Pete location, along with beer and wine. It's small — just 70 seats — and Wilko sees it more as a neighborhood spot than a destination like the downtown mothership.

Things are changing at the original Brasserie as well.

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