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Messineo's Gourmet Market closes abruptly in downtown St. Petersburg; Pipo's Cuban Cafe opens

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Messineo's Gourmet Market closes abruptly

Messineo's Gourmet Market, which opened downtown less than a year ago, has abruptly closed. Confirmation took a circuitous route — in an announcement e-mailed Wednesday to Groupon customers. "We are writing to inform you that Messineo's Gourmet Market has closed,'' the announcement stated. "While most of you have already redeemed this Groupon, we know that some have not, and we want to get you your money back as soon as possible.'' The store, at 179 First Ave. N, took over the space formerly occupied by Atlanta Bread Co. Owner James Mason spent three years planning the store before it opened June 23. On Wednesday, the store was dark and the door was locked.

Tom Scherberger, Times staff writer

St. Petersburg

Pipo's Cuban Cafe opens on Central

Pipo's Cuban Cafe has opened at 437 Central Ave. It features the same cafeteria-style food as the Pipo's that owner Ramon Hernandez has at 9939 Fourth St. N. But it will also serve tapas starting at 4 p.m. each day, and there will be live Latin music on weekends, he said. Hernandez has spent several weeks redesigning the interior, most recently home to Emilio's Bistro, Bakery and Bar. The space also has been home to Tedesco, Grillside and Diner 437. Hernandez said the Fourth Street location has done well since it opened in 2009, the latest branch of a small group of family-run Pipo's that his parents began in Town 'N Country.

Tom Scherberger, Times staff writer

Messineo's Gourmet Market closes abruptly in downtown St. Petersburg; Pipo's Cuban Cafe opens 04/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 2, 2011 5:31am]
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