Friday, April 20, 2018
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Daily Eats restaurant in St. Petersburg delayed due to parking shortage

Can't wait for Daily Eats to open in St. Petersburg? Well, you're going to have to wait a little longer.

Ciccio Restaurant Group, the owner and developer of both the Fresh Kitchen and Daily Eats restaurant concepts, has postponed development on the Daily Eats adjacent to the newly opened Fresh Kitchen because of parking problems along the bustling Fourth Street N.

Ciccio opened Fresh Kitchen, a restaurant known for its veggie bowls and cold-pressed juices, at 4447 Fourth St. N earlier this year. Daily Eats, a contemporary restaurant that sells breakfast, lunch and dinner, was expected to open next to Fresh Kitchen on April 20. But because of the overwhelming response Fresh Kitchen has seen since it opened, operator Matt Lanza said that the company won't open Daily Eats until it has secured more parking for patrons.

"Fresh Kitchen has been such a huge success, but we totally underestimated the parking problem in St. Pete," Lanza said. "We opened our South Howard spot (in Tampa) with only eight parking spots, so we didn't anticipate this. We are working on solutions for this as we speak."

Lanza had no timeline of when Daily Eats could open, but said it could be as early as two months or as far off as six months.

"It really depends on how quickly we secure space for parking," he said. "Real estate in the area is tight because Fourth Street is blowing up right now."

Other than the parking issue, Daily Eats was in line to open any day, said Dave Goodwin, director of planning and economic development for the city of St. Petersburg.

Fourth Street N is crawling with new restaurants, creating another new corridor for food in St. Petersburg's bustling restaurant and nightlife scene. Pei Wei, the fast-casual Asian food restaurant chain, opened a second restaurant in the city at 1325 Fourth St. N in March. Next door to Pei Wei is BurgerMonger, a regional restaurant chain known for its hamburger and hot dog menu, which opened in April.

Ciccio Restaurant Group operates restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area, including Daily Eats and Fresh Kitchen locations in Tampa and coming to Sarasota. Other concepts under its umbrella include Green Lemon, the Lodge Restaurant & Bar and Ciccio Cali.

Contact Justine Griffin at [email protected] Follow @SunBizGriffin.

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