New Vegan St. Pete Restaurant to Bring ‘Good Intentions’ to Downtown Next Year | Openings & Closures | Tampa
Three vegan powers of Tampa Bay have teamed up to bring St. Petersburg a dining experience specializing in 100% vegan modern American cuisine. The owners told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that Good Intentions will debut at 1900 1st Ave. S in the Grand Central District next year.
Black Radis Grocer, Nah Dogs and Golden Dinosaurs Deli – all Best of the Bay award winners and finalists – have been making tasty vegan food accessible in Tampa Bay for years, and Good Intentions will be their joint venture in the food-based world. of plants repelling the envelopes.
“We know St. Pete loves and supports vegan restaurants, and we wanted a place where we could hang out, get together and celebrate,” Jenny Howe, Nah Dogs co-owner with her husband Jeff, told CL. “We’ve been dreaming about it for a few years now,” says Audrey Dingeman, co-owner of Golden Dinosaur. “But we’ve only been making hard plans since the start of this year.”
After initial plans to open on Central Avenue failed, the group decided to target the Grand Central neighborhood instead, due to its proximity to the Pinellas Trail and Tropicana Field. The owners plan to have late hours to accommodate the nightly baseball games and local bar crowds, with fun things planned for their late-night menu. Other all-vegan restaurants in town, like the Cider Press Cafe and Love Central, typically close in the late afternoon, so the owners of Good Intentions predict their late hours will be one of many aspects. that set them apart from their competition (although they have a good relationship with all vegan restaurateurs in St. Petersburg.)
Don’t expect to see any bestselling Nah Dogs or Golden Dinosaur on the Good Intentions menu, either, as they don’t want to compete with their already existing businesses.
“Some of our menu items don’t exist in a vegan version in this city, so it’s mostly things we want to eat ourselves,” Dingeman told CL. While its menu is still in its infancy, the one appetizer the owners were happy to talk about was ‘trash’ nachos, a large box covered in spicy cheesy goodness.
So while you can expect a high American fare, the Good Intentions menu won’t be taken too seriously.
Not only a restaurant offering fully vegan cuisine, Good Intentions will also offer an extensive cocktail menu. Again inspired by the glaring lack of certain plant-based options, its menu will feature vegan versions of drinks like Bloody Marys, typically made with Worcestershire sauce that contains anchovies, as well as sour and sparkling, which are usually prepared with egg whites. “We want to make your wildest dreams come true!” Said Jenny Howe with a laugh. “We want to go strong and have a lot of fun with it. “
His Instagram account offers future customers an exciting glimpse into the restaurant’s warm and vintage contemporary interior. Everyone behind Good Intentions loves second-hand items, and that love will certainly be reflected in their restaurant decor. The owners’ first purchase was vintage baby pink school chairs, which will provide approximately 100 seats inside the restaurant. The large U-shaped bar will accommodate 27 guests sipping a cocktail.
Even though this restaurant won’t debut until Spring or Summer 2022, it’s already forging ties with other local businesses, as Indie Flea announced Good Intentions as a sponsor of its upcoming holiday market. .
If you’re unfamiliar with the delicious vegan food that is the three companies behind Good Intentions Everyday’s dishes, visit Golden Dinosaur in Gulfport, Black Radish Grocer in Tampa (or its soon to be opened St. Petersburg location. doors) and the Nah Dogs Cart, which will carry dogs to the next two independent flea markets in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Follow @goodintentions_fl on Instagram for the latest news and follow progress.
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