Despite a Google listing that says “permanently closed,” downtown St. Petersburg’s Coney Island Sandwich Shop’s owner says the iconic restaurant hopes to reopen “sometime soon.”
At least that's what 85-year-old Hank Barlas—whose father opened what was then-called Coney Island Grill back in 1926—told the Tampa Bay Times.
Barlas closed his restaurant located at 250 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in response to the pandemic and has yet to open back up. He did not have a timeline on the reopening for one of St. Petersburg’s oldest family-owned businesses, but the Times did say there is “a possibility that he might not be able to at all.”
The pursuit of good hot dogs is a time-honored tradition, and there are plenty of places to get your fix in Tampa Bay. If you feel like watching people compete in a gnarly hot dog eating contest this weekend, Ybor City’s Hot Dog Party has you covered.
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