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Steve Kornell to host fundraiser

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City Council candidate Steve Kornell is hosting a meet and greet for his friends, on Facebook and otherwise at the Kizmet Old School Cafe. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, hit Steve Lapinsiki (fresh off a nice win in Gulfport) up on his burner at 727-368-5032.

On a side note, is anyone as distressed as me to see this location as Kizmet Old School Cafe. This was the building that housed Grand Finale, which both me and Times food critic Chris Sherman both considered the best restaurant in the city in its day. It was also the place to buy the white, which is also one of the reasons why it closed down. But the bartenders that slang there went on to open Ambrosia and Cafe Alma. After Grand Finale, the building changed hands, eventually becoming a Euro hangout, which is how I met Ileana, a gorgeous bartender who would become one of my favorite loves.

I hope the building brings Steve Kornell as much happiness as it has me.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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