St. Pete’s Cider Press Cafe closing on Central, but reopening as vegan gastropub two miles away

It’s closing at the end of this year or after the new space’s buildout is complete.

click to enlarge The cafe at 601 Central Ave. is closing at the end of this year or after the new space’s buildout is complete just 2.5 miles away. - CIDERPRESSCAFESTPETE/FACEBOOK
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The cafe at 601 Central Ave. is closing at the end of this year or after the new space’s buildout is complete just 2.5 miles away.


St. Petersburg’s Cider Press Cafe is set to close its doors on Central Avenue later this year—but reopen as a vegan gastropub in the Kenwood neighborhood.

The current location is closing due to a lease dispute, according to St. Pete Rising, and wasn’t actually planning a move. The cafe at 601 Central Ave. is closing at the end of this year or after the new space’s buildout is complete just 2.5 miles away.

If you’re worried about losing out on vegan cubans or buffalo chick’n mac and cheese, don’t. The menu isn’t set to change much, according to the development blog, but a few additions are going to be made. Owners Johan Everstijn and Roland Strobel are also planning on obtaining a liquor license, a first for the concept.

The rebranded Cider Press Vegan Gastropub and Patio Bar is set to take over the old Georgie’s Alibi location at 3118 3rd Ave. N. The 2,275-square-foot space can seat 150 guests and is going to boast a 440-square-foot covered patio space. The space also has its own parking, so you won’t have to worry about paying anymore.

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