Ford’s Garage, a retro service station-themed eatery, continues its expansion throughout Florida by moving into space currently occupied by the Rowdies Den at the corner of 1st Avenue South and 2nd Street in downtown St. Petersburg.
Ford’s Garage Restaurants and The Edwards Group, which owns both the Rowdies Den and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, made the announcement Monday morning.
Ford’s Garage first opened in Ft. Myers in 2012, quickly growing to include locations in Cape Coral, Estero, and Brandon. Other locations are planned for Countryside, Citrus Park, Wesley Chapel, and Dearborn, Michigan, the hometown of Ford Motor Co.
The gourmet burger bar will be outfitted in their signature 1920s service station/prohibition style, making it a unique and memorable dining destination for the area.
“We are thrilled to be a part of downtown St. Petersburg,” said Ford’s Garage Restaurants President Marc Brown. “We were looking for the perfect location, and we are certain this corner is it. We’re grateful to Bill Edwards and Darryl LeClair for making the deal happen, and we can’t wait to move forward.”
“Ford’s Garage will be a great addition to downtown,” added Rowdies Den owner Bill Edwards. “It’s a fantastic brand. Marc has assured me that it will still be the official gathering spot for Rowdies fans, so it’s a win-win for everyone involved. We wish him great success.”
Ford’s Garage is scheduled to open summer 2017.