St. Pete's new ‘Wild Child’ bistro and cocktail bar will open this September

Rob Reinsmith, former executive chef at Noble Crust, is part of the concept, too.

click to enlarge Wild Child is moving into the old NuMex space in St. Petersburg, Florida. - Jenna Rimensnyder
Jenna Rimensnyder
Wild Child is moving into the old NuMex space in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Wild Child, a new St. Petersburg bistro and cocktail bar has plans to spend the next few weeks debuting new facets of its concept ahead of its grand opening in September.

That means new eats just in time for these blistering temperatures to break and allow for the enjoyment of some outdoor patio seating. The joint is taking over the former NuMex parcel at 2710 Central Ave., which quietly sealed its doors last November.

In an interview with I Love The Burg, The Bends owner Matt Kaye said he’s teaming up with Rob Reinsmith, former executive chef at Noble Crust, to launch the neighborhood bistro and cocktail bar whose menu will thrive on seasonal ingredients. 

“The menu items that we’re excited for St.Pete to try is our jerk octopus with Meyer lemon jam, pickled shallots and Thai basil; snapper ceviche with watermelon, cucumber, avocado, Serrano chiles and crispy plantain chips; agave glazed lamb ribs with goat cheese and golden raisin-fennel relish and fried cauliflower with grapes and Tahini-herb yogurt,” the owners divulged in an email to the blog.

The cocktail menu, however, is under wraps, other than the teaser of natural wines and tropical tastes. But if we can expect anything like what The Bends whips up on a nightly basis, things are about to get wild. 

When it comes to decor, the vibe is tropical meets mid-century modern, with the help of St. Pete-based artist Elle LeBlanc (Jessy Nite is doing the exterior).

More details to come as the opening date approaches. 

UPDATED: 07/13/20 7 a.m. Updated to show that St. Pete's Elle LeBlanc is handling in the interior decor for Wild Child.

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