Restaurants closing and changing hands: Silas Dent’s, Salty Rim Grill and more

The covered outdoor dining area at the Salty Rim Grill, 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (SCOTT KEELER   |    Times (2012))
The covered outdoor dining area at the Salty Rim Grill, 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. (SCOTT KEELER | Times (2012))
Published August 8 2018
Updated August 8 2018


After 39 years of business, Silas Dent’s Steakhouse at 5501 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach has been sold to the owners of Caddy’s on the Beach. It will be retrofitted and reopened as the boat-up Caddy’s St. Pete.

In 1978, Ted Stambaugh, Rob Stambaugh’s father, purchased the Madame Tussaud’s London Wax Museum on St. Pete Beach. Adjacent to the museum was a vacant restaurant. Rob left his position as food and beverage manager of the Polynesian Resort at Disney and returned home to St. Pete Beach to begin building his dream restaurant. Not long after its opening in 1979, it became a local favorite, featuring late-night live entertainment. Rob Stambaugh will continue to own the adjacent banquet and catering facility called Bayside Banquets.

The last day of Dent’s service was July 31. The Caddy’s group aims to renovate and reopen in four months.


After 18 years, Kris Kubik and chef Paul Kapsalis will be leaving Green Springs Bistro at 156 Fourth Ave. N in Safety Harbor and heading south to create a restaurant on Sugarloaf Key. They have passed the restaurant space on to longtime friends Tom Golden (the Lure), Michael Steward (Ava, 717 South) and Jason Rodis. Their plan is to keep much of the menu but to rename it the Kitchen and Bar at Green Springs.


After five years, Henry and Phuong Luu will retire from Green Mint Asian Grill at 25821 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. New owner Tiffany Luu has taken over and aims to keep the menu largely the same.


Salty Rim Grill, which opened at 9524 Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach in 2011 at the site of Mulligan’s and the short-lived Ocean Breeze, has closed. Known for its "crush bar" of slushy, juice-based cocktails and a menu that ranges from Cancun to Key West, it was a sprawling hangout for locals and tourists alike. No one could be reached for comment about the closure, which took place in July. Shrimpy’s Blues Bistro on Treasure Island has bought the space and will renovate and open this fall. They are not yet sure whether they are relocating or just opening a second location.