St. Pete gets a Grateful Dead-themed pub and lounge

Called the Grateful Fed, the new restaurant is focused on serving late-night food-seekers.

click to enlarge Despite its current redesign, the Grateful Fed Pub remains open during construction. - The Grateful Fed Pub
The Grateful Fed Pub
Despite its current redesign, the Grateful Fed Pub remains open during construction.

A Grateful Dead-themed pub and lounge has opened to St. Petersburg.

The Grateful Fed Pub — located at 300 10th St. S. on the ground floor of the Urban Style Flats apartment building, adjacent to the Tropicana Field parking lot and just south of the EDGE District — bills itself as the first St. Pete restaurant to offer a late-night menu until 5 a.m.

Sean Ford, former executive chef for Beach Drive's Tryst, is behind the new concept, which replaced Taps & Tequila II.  

"In my five years at Tryst, I served the city's late night workers around Beach Drive and First Block. The restaurant scene has expanded in St Pete, but not for late night workers or those wanting healthy delivery," Ford said in a statement. "It's nearly impossible to eat healthy after hours, and no one delivers commissary."

That's why the Grateful Fed features a small "convenience store" with items like hygiene products and toiletries, snacks and coffee, which will be available for delivery until 5 a.m. alongside its mix of healthful grub and comfort food.

click to enlarge The new pub and lounge's logo. - The Grateful Fed Pub
The Grateful Fed Pub
The new pub and lounge's logo.

The menu, reflecting "the eclectic tastes of downtown St. Petersburg residents," showcases classic bar fare such as wings and burgers  one of which features Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the bun  as well as more nutritious options, including a red quinoa and grilled veggie burrito.

In the future, the restaurant is set to offer breakfast and coffee daily.

Though the funky interior of the Grateful Fed is experiencing a redesign, its doors are open from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 4 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's a full-liquor bar with craft beer and five signature cocktails, plus two outdoor patios that patrons can enjoy.

A ribbon cutting with friends and family, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 8. The grand opening celebration with follow on Feb. 10, when the new menu will also roll out.