Dan and Cyndi Montgomery owned the Brown Dog Café for 12 years before opening L'Moe's further up Fourth Street N a couple of years ago. A charming venue for Dan's eclectic palate of health-conscious soups, salads, quiches, frittatas and sandwiches, L'Moe's has closed its doors.
A side project of Fortunato's on Central Avenue, Fez has also closed its doors at 263 Central Ave. Fortunato's will reclaim the space of the small Moroccan restaurant as extra seating for the downtown Italian restaurant, with the idea of possibly offering gelato and ice cream in the space in the future.
And Butler's Barbecue, St. Petersburg's beloved eastern North Carolina 'cue, quietly closed its doors at the end of May. Known for its pork roasted over an open grill, then chopped and settled into a tangy bath of vinegar and red pepper sauce, Butler's, on 94th Avenue N, was a longtime luminary on the local barbecue scene. Its fried okra will be missed.