Despite following, Banyan Coffee and Tea 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.
Laura Reiley, Times food critic
Developer to discuss plans for land near VA
Kitson & Partners, a Palm Beach Gardens development company, will discuss the redevelopment of the former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park during a July 21 luncheon.
Hosted by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, the event is at 11:30 a.m. at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. The cost is $15. Reservations are required.
Kitson paid $7.65 million last year for nearly 60 acres at 10005 Bay Pines Blvd. across from Bay Pines VA Medical Center. The land was previously bought in May 2006 by John Loder's Bay Pines LP from the E.J. Bickley Trust for $38.5 million. Kitson envisions a mixed-use development that includes a hotel, retail space, apartments, townhomes, perhaps single-family homes and an assisted-living facility.
For information or for reservations, call the chamber at (727) 392-3245.