St. Petersburg's Grand Central District welcomed the Spot Bar and Grill recently, the effort of brothers Willie and Javier DeJesus. Both are restaurant veterans, Javier having been a corporate chef for Hyatt properties as well as at the Seminole Hard Rock, Pacific Wave and Maggiano's. Willie is more of a front-of-the-house man, having spent 6½ years with Darden restaurants before spending time at Pacific Wave and Shackleton's Folly.
Located at 1437 Central Ave., the Spot is a casual neighborhood kind of place, which, according to Willie DeJesus, will build a fan base on the strength of its mac 'n' cheese, Angus burgers and cheesesteaks. Of working with his brother, he says, "We've worked together before, but we wanted an opportunity to have something small where we could do our own thing." For more information, call (727) 851-9900.