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2016’s batch of ‘Good Burgers’ highlight best of St. Pete

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good-burgersSt. Petersburg now has a fresh batch of “Good Burgers.”

On Thursday, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced winners of the 4th Annual Good ‘Burger Awards.

Good ‘Burgers – as in “St. Petersburgers” – are a local business, organization, or individual in the greater St. Pete area making a positive impact in the community.

Around 500 people packed Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg Thursday night for an award ceremony presented by 3 Daughters Brewing and Great Bay Distributors, with DJ Fresh serving as master of ceremonies.

Winners for 2016 include 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House (in the Eats & Treats category); The Dali Museum (Arts & Culture); the Saturday Morning Market (Hot Spots & Hangouts); YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg (Community Conscious); and Creative Clay (Makers & Creators).

Organizations identified as St. Pete’s “Cool Companies” were Eagle Datagistics (small company category) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team (large corporation).

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was named Most Valuable ‘Burger. Local nonprofit The Kind Mouse, which provides food to chronically hungry citizens in the St. Petersburg area, was recognized as People’s Choice.

The Jannus Live event featured music by Shevonne and the Bad Boys, as well as samples from 11 local eateries and a live pop-up painting exhibit with visual artist Michael Vahl. A special “’Burg Blonde” beer was on draft.

Winners received a unique glass award, designed and handcrafted by artists from the Morean Arts Center.

The award event was live blogged on the Chamber’s Bright Spots blog. Photos have been posted on the Chamber’s Facebook Page. The 5th Annual Good ‘Burger Awards will be named Aug. 31, 2017.

Photos courtesy of Mike Ossola Photography.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (Center) holds the handcrafted 2016 Good Burger Award (Photos courtesy of Mike Ossola Photography).

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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