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Hawkers Asian Street Fare to open in Edge District

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Come this March St. Pete residents won’t have to travel all the way to Asia to experience authentic street fare popular in areas like China and Singapore. The growing chain Hawkers is opening its third location in the Edge District near downtown St. Pete. Named after street vendors in Asia who sell local cuisine made from locally available ingredients, Hawkers offers street snacks common in Vietnam, mainland China, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Nothing on the menu is more than $8.50.…

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Two restaurants planned for St. Pete Pier uplands one step away from funding

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St. Pete City Council moved a funding mechanism during a meeting Thursday that could eventually allow the city to use $20 million from the downtown tax incremental funding district to develop the uplands area of the St. Pete Pier. The plan includes two restaurant locations that would later be leased out to restaurants to operate near the St. Pete Museum of History and the Pelican Parking Lot overlooking Albert Whitted Airport. Though the ideas are still in their infancy, St.…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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Bill would require restaurants to give calorie counts on menus

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A trio of Republican lawmakers is backing a bill that would require restaurants to provide the calorie count of their menu items. Their purpose: to combat obesity. Margie Menzel reports. Representative Ed Homan of Tampa is a sponsor of the Obesity Prevention Act. An osteopathic surgeon, Homan said 60 percent of Americans are overweight, and they’re not the only ones paying the cost of their care. “Forty-six percent of all insurance now is paid by taxpayers, either through Medicaid, Medicare,…

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Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman incoherent on what to do with The Pier

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Adam Smith, on a break from covering the legislative session, wrote the Bay Buzz post below. It is petrifying how incoherent both Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman are on one of the most important issues facing the city: what to do with The Pier. Unfortunately, these two candidates, Gibbons through his connections in statewide politics and Wagman with his own checkbook, are sure to be the leading fundraisers for the first quarter. Still, take a moment to read their statements…

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Wednesdays are for food and wine

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If you look at the top right of this blog, you’ll see I’ve laid out a schedule of the features I intend to write about as this blog progresses. I want SaintPetersburg 2.0 to be about something more than Saint Petersburg elections or Florida politics so that when a reader comes here for analysis and insight, maybe they’ll read about another topic they find interesting — and our communal bond will grow all the more. One of my passions is…

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