In March, St. Petersburg's Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar announced plans to relocate downtown as a new concept. The popular, affordable hangout for caffeine and waffles lovingly smothered in dreamy ingredients at 1437 Fourth St. S. closed in late April, but that fresh identity locals can look forward to?
A specialty coffee bar and dessert lounge called Beans & Barlour.
Beans & Barlour, which unveiled its location earlier this week, has started coming along at 538 First Ave. N. Nestled in between venerable pizzeria Angelo's and St. Pete Brewing Co., the downtown St. Pete bar and lounge aims to open in early July.
More than a year ago, owner Story Stuart launched her Best of the Bay-winning Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar, and the place quickly became known for serving up cocktail-style coffees and teas, those indulgent waffles (they're Stuart's favorite breakfast food) and other sweet treats. That's why it comes as no surprise her latest venture's signature item is booze-infused ice cream, which also takes inspiration from the cocktail world.
Other highlights of Beans & Barlour include the full coffee menu all day, offerings from Mother Kombucha, milkshakes and smoothies, plus non-alcoholic ice cream and vegan soft serve.