St. Pete’s Coney Island Sandwich Shop hopes to reopen ‘sometime soon’

The iconic downtown restaurant has been closed throughout the pandemic.

click to enlarge Pictured here in 2016, Hank Barlas, acquired Coney Island Sandwich Shop from his father who opened what was then-called Coney Island Grill back in 1926. - CITYOFSTPETE/FLICKR
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Pictured here in 2016, Hank Barlas, acquired Coney Island Sandwich Shop from his father who opened what was then-called Coney Island Grill back in 1926.

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.”

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