Ricky P's po' boy shop will open second location
Ricky P's, the New Orleans po' boy shop that some swear is as good as anything in Louisiana, is opening a second restaurant inside Bob Lee's Tire Co. at 1631 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. After pleasing crowds at the Saturday Morning Market, Ricky P's opened its first eatery at 6521 Fourth St. N in early 2009. Those who know about it spread the word and come back regularly for the shrimp, oyster and catfish po' boys. Bob Lee's opened the BLT Grill in its office behind the gas pumps several years back so customers could grab a bite while waiting for their cars to be fixed. "We're getting out of the restaurant business because we sell tires," said Bob Lee's general manager, Todd Murrian. "A friend of mine said, 'You've got to get Ricky in here.' " Rick Parsons, the chef behind Ricky P's, is a New Orleans native and grew up cooking at his mother's side. He worked his way through college making po' boys and later did a stint at Cafe Creole in Ybor City. The BLT Grill will serve its last sandwich Friday and Ricky P's will open Jan. 3.
— Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer
Chamber to close for New Year's holiday
In observance of the New Year's holiday, the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will close its offices at 2 p.m. Thursday and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3. Businesses requiring notarization for Certificates of Origin or other documents should plan accordingly.
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