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Skyscraper's ground floor possible site for gourmet market

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signature place possible site for gourmet market

Signature Place, downtown's new $170 million sail-shaped skyscraper, is reaching out to the community for help in finding a new retail tenant on the ground floor of its 36-story building at First Avenue S and Second Street.

The buzz is that Mazzaro's, the Italian gourmet market at 2909 22nd Ave. N, is in talks with Cantor Development about establishing an outpost in the empty 5,000-square-foot retail space on the ground floor, which is baguette-throwing distance to the popular Saturday Morning Market.

A spokesman for Cantor could not be reached. Mazzaro's manager, Karen Grosso, said she had only heard "rumors, lots of rumors" about a new store.

In the meantime, the city's economic development office said the public can send Cantor ideas for the space by e-mail at Basis@cantordevelopment.com.

ST. PETERSBURG

Cafe Dolce latest restaurant casualty

Cafe Dolce, the quaint Italian cafe at 2444 Central Ave., closed its doors last week. Owner Phil Buffa, who opened the eatery and gathering spot in 2006, could not be reached.

Local Realtor Jim Longstreth, who represents the owner, said there are several eateries interested in the space, which was home to a coffee shop before the cafe. Luckily for locals, Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine just opened on the same block.

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