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After years of working to bring a mixed food concept to Downtown St. Pete, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina has sold Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina in the Sundial to Tampa-based Armature Works group BE-1 Concepts, which plans to change the space and surrounding businesses into a food hall with plans to open by late 2020.
Chef Michael Mina shared, “With so many other projects and opportunities in front of me, I felt now was the right time to pass the torch. I am beyond excited to see what Chas and his team have cooked up for this community.”
Chef Michael Mina is thought to be a powerhouse restaurateur with over 40 restaurants opened worldwide in large metropolitan cities such as San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Locale Market was founded by Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona and opened in December 2014. The concept will close five years later at the end of the holiday season in December 2019.
Former Tampa Bay Times Food Critic, Laura Reiley, reported back in 2015 that Chef Pintabona left St. Petersburg back to New York as soon as his one-year contract expired. Pintabona’s pedigree at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Grill was considered to be a big deal when Locale opened, but the concept never really seemed to take off despite many campaigns and changes. The team admitted to struggles between being a restaurant concept and a gourmet, locally-sourced market.
The biggest loss will be FarmTable Cucina upstairs that was recently finding ground with a new chef. Executive Chef, James Kirby, has worked hard to make the menu truly local in recent months as a former farmer himself.
BE-1 Concepts is also taking control of Jackie Z Style Co., Wellness Center at Sundial, D-Gallerie Fine Arts and additional vacant spaces on the lower level.
BE-1 Concepts owns numerous concepts in Tampa Bay and around Florida including Boca, Ciro’s Speakeasy, Atlanta Beer & Oyster, and Sea Critters Cafe. They also own Steelbach, BAR at Armature Works, Butcher N Barbeque, M.Bird, Cress and Stones Throw inside The Heights District.
Located on the second floor of St. Petersburg’s Sundial, and above Chef Michael Mina’s LOCALE Market, FarmTable Kitchen is a new American restaurant featuring farm-to-table cuisine that focuses on fresh, seasonal, regionally sourced and house-made products. FarmTable Kitchen, known to many locally as a casual wine bar concept, has grown to feature table service dining, and is now open for lunch and dinner daily.
“The success of LOCALE Market and our guests’ demand for a full-service dining experience, lead us to create FarmTable Kitchen,” notes James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Mina. “Because we’re connected to LOCALE Market, we have the ability to utilize them to source many of our ingredients and products.”
The seasonally shifting menu highlights new American dishes made from scratch, as well as products made on-site daily, including prime steaks, dry aged in house, hand made pastas and stone hearth pizzas. The menu selection is versatile, unique and exciting. From the Cheese and Charcuterie starters with cheeses from Italy — sottocenere and taleggio — France, Spain and the US; you’ll also want to sink your teeth into great dishes like their salmon and bison, the duck fat french fries, as well as organic chicken, lamb and hand crafted pasta selections.
The bar serves a wide variety of wines by the glass and locally brewed beers, as well as vermouth and wine cocktails. Desserts are made fresh daily as well, with choices such as german chocolate cake, devil’s food cake and their Elvis cupcakes.
With 100 indoor dining seats and 145 total seats (including the bar and patio), FarmTable Kitchen provides comfortable intimate seating for couples, small groups or larger parties. The Chef’s Table, an interactive, chef-driven, 8 course Tasting Menu, is offered as a communal dining experience in the ten seat private dining room on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.