Sunday, October 21, 2018

St. Petersburg’s Red Mesa Cantina expands to top two floors

The Red Mesa group has grown again.

It’s been in the works for a while: downtown St. Petersburg’s Red Mesa Cantina expanded vertically, annexing the space that belonged to Push Ultra Lounge and DeSanto before that. With no grand opening, not even a soft opening or an announcement, the Cantinita Bar, a second-floor balcony bar with a full range of craft beers and spirits, has opened.

It offers a different menu from Red Mesa Cantina below, small plate items that complement the space. And keep going upward: the DeSanto Rooftop Bar, a nod to the first restaurant in the space, has debuted with full bar service and a list of carefully curated cocktails and wine selections. Like the Cantinita Bar, DeSanto features its own menu with a range of small plates to go along with the cocktails. (Pro tip: There’s a set of brand new bathrooms up there.)

Three levels, three concepts and menus, with the Red Mesa Events banquet space still in the final stages.