St. Petersburg's Kings Street Food closes next month, new restaurant taking over

One chapter for the next-gen American diner is coming to a close.

click to enlarge In late 2015, Kings Street Food Counter premiered its next-gen diner fare in St. Pete's EDGE District. - COURTESY OF HUNGER + THIRST GROUP
Courtesy of Hunger + Thirst Group
In late 2015, Kings Street Food Counter premiered its next-gen diner fare in St. Pete's EDGE District.

On Tuesday, the restaurant group behind downtown St. Pete's Avenue Eat + Drink and Park & Rec announced the closure of its next-gen American diner, Kings Street Food Counter.

Kings — which the Hunger + Thirst Group premiered at 937 Central Ave. in the EDGE District in late 2015 and gets its name from owner Stephen Schrutt's English bulldog — plans to shutter on Aug. 5.

According to a statement from Schrutt, he felt it was time for the indoor-oudoor diner's chapter to come to a close. There is, however, a silver lining: The Hunger + Thirst founder and CEO has another project planned for the space.

"It's a great location for us to bring something new and more fitting to The EDGE District," Schrutt said. "I'm all about bringing community together and I am excited for our latest concept."

Hunger + Thirst will release more details on the newbie in the coming weeks, but the St. Pete community can look forward to a revamped restaurant and full-liquor bar taking over the roughly 2,900-square-foot property.

For diners with uncontrollable Kings cravings, the counter at Tropicana Field remains open during Tampa Bay Rays home games, offering a limited menu of street food favorites. Dishes include the Mac Attack hot dog, miniature corn dog bites and the Best of the Bay-winning sandwich melt that is Mac & Cheezus.

Park & Rec and The Avenue, neighbors along First Avenue South, aren't going anywhere, either.

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