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Alvin’s Lounge in downtown St. Pete facing eviction after only five months of business

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A new drinking hub in downtown St. Pete that just opened in January is already facing closure. Alvin’s Lounge on First Avenue North near Beach Drive reportedly hasn’t been paying its rent.

Its landlord has filed paperwork in Pinellas County Court seeking to have the owners evicted.

The suit goes back to 2013 when the company Starlife Foods signed a five-year lease with STP Development for its business, DeLucia Italian Bakery Café. That eatery closed and in November of last year Starlife sub-let the space to Alvin Holdings – the LLC doing business of Alvin’s Lounge.

STP issued a three-day notice to Alvin’s to either pay up or get out. The $22,000 Alvin’s reportedly owes has not been paid so STP is trying to have them evicted.

Alvin’s isn’t the only defendant listed on the case. STP is also suing Starlife Food, Raffaele Pagnotta, Luigi DeLucia, Bito Capobianco, Robert Pepe and Elvira Pagnotta.

Alvin’s served as a “sophisticated drinking hub” according to a Creative Loafing rundown. It offered live music, including a Latin-themed night and a piano bar on Thursdays.

The spot also played contemporary jazz and hosted karaoke.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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