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Banyan Tree restaurant in St. Petersburg closes

After nearly three years of serving up coffee, house-roasted turkey sandwiches and addictive breakfast pastries, St. Petersburg's Banyan Coffee and Tea has closed quietly, leaving a dearth along the 600 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.

Opened in September 2008 by Erica Allums, a St. Petersburg mother of two and sometime caterer, the little coffeehouse, at the site of the former St. Pete's Finest, became a refuge for mothers of toddlers in strollers, tea sippers and paperback lingerers. Known for its cheery Fiestaware and wholesome housemade soups, Banyan had a devoted local following and will be missed.

Banyan Tree restaurant in St. Petersburg closes 07/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:37am]
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