It looks like hot dogs, milkshakes and 1950s nostalgia couldn’t keep Kings Street Food open on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
The restaurant/food counter announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing its location at 937 Central Ave. indefinitely on Aug. 5 while remodeling for a new concept.
When it opened in August 2015, Kings touted its 1950s-style diner aesthetic. Outside, it featured a well-lit, pet-friendly bier garden with ping-pong tables and an open bar.
The restaurant offered a variety of poutine, hot dogs and milkshakes when it started, but over the course of three years changed its menu to include burgers, sandwiches and salads.
Now, Hunger + Thirst, the parent company that owns Kings, hopes to remodel the space and open a new concept that includes a full liquor bar. They have not yet released many details on the transformation.
Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group also own The Avenue, Proper, and Parks & Rec in Downtown St. Petersburg. None of the other locations have announced closures or remodelings.
For those still pining for Kings-style street food, Tropicana Field’s Ballparks & Rec offers a limited selection of the restaurant’s menu when it’s open for Tampa Bay Rays home games.