Trophy Fish unveils St. Pete opening date

Next month, the fresh fish house with boat drinks is set to debut in Grand Central.

click to enlarge Blake Thompson, Andy Hobbs, Ryan Griffin, Bill Griffin and Erin Lee (L-R) make up the Trophy Fish crew. - Courtesy of Trophy Fish
Courtesy of Trophy Fish
Blake Thompson, Andy Hobbs, Ryan Griffin, Bill Griffin and Erin Lee (L-R) make up the Trophy Fish crew.

It's almost time to start grubbing on fresh seafood in between sips of reimagined boat drinks in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District.

Last week, Trophy Fish, the fish-forward restaurant with nautical-inspired and island cocktails from three St. Pete locals and partners of the celebrated Mandarin Hide cocktail bar— Ryan Griffin, his father Bill Griffin and Blake Thompson — unveiled its opening date as June 1.

"You all have been patient long enough..." begins the announcement above, which was posted to Trophy Fish's Facebook page on Thursday.

Yes. Yes, we have.

Diners can look forward to eating outdoors among "bait shop chic" decor. Plus, a rotating menu of simply prepared fish that changes daily, depending on what's reeled in for the casual Grand Central newcomer — where The Mandarin Hide's Erin Lee serves as managing director and head chef Andy Hobbs spearheads the kitchen.

Oh, and patrons should also know that Trophy Fish's gulf-caught haul is up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis. The limited availability of its fish also means reservations won't be a thing. Get there early.


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