The area along Park Boulevard from U.S. 19 to 49th Street N could well be called this city's restaurant district, and now it's about to get two more restaurants.
Pete & Shorty's Tavern, a small chain based in Clearwater, is revamping the former CVS pharmacy in Park Plaza.
A Golden Corral is slated to take over the former Rent N Roll store across from the Shoppes at Park Place, according to Pinellas Park spokesman Tim Caddell.
Ed West, the chief operating officer of Pete & Shorty's, did not return a phone message asking for comment.
Pete & Shorty's was founded by the same folks who founded Hooters. As the Web site says, they "got lucky" with that concept and then, "never the kind to look a gift donkey in the rear, they determined that if magic could happen once, it could happen maybe 30 or 40 times more, so they decided to do it again!"
They based the new concept of Pete & Shorty's on small-town taverns where people come to meet friends, relax, drink and eat. They opened their first Pete & Shorty's on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater and are opening another in the Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.
Their menu is perhaps best known for their Shorty burgers, a kind of mini-burger sold for 95 cents each in quantities of a half dozen, dozen, or in their Pete's-A-Box, which contains 24.
Also on the menu are fried pickles, burgers, sandwiches, salads and entrees. Their dessert menu includes something called the Big O, which is described as vanilla ice cream and four battered, deep-fried Oreo cookies drizzled in chocolate.
The Golden Corral is a national chain that opened its first restaurant in Fayetteville, N.C. in 1973.
The chain brags that its family-style restaurants have the biggest and best buffet and grill anywhere.
The buffets have an array of meats, pastas, pizzas, vegetables and a salad bar. The restaurants also have a bakery and dessert café.
When the two new restaurants are complete, they'll join a wide array of other restaurants in the area, a who's who of chain dining.
The Shoppes at Park Place has a cluster of them, including Chili's, Applebee's, Five Guys burgers, Panera and Chipotle Grill.
Move west along Park and a hungry person can choose from a Sonny's Barbecue restaurant, a Wendy's and Taco Bell, among others. Scattered among the chains are ice cream and gelato shops, and locally owned restaurants, such as Campanella's. Campanella's, which serves Italian food, will be Pete & Shorty's next door neighbor in Park Plaza.