It's been an eventful year for the Ceviche restaurant group. A brief health inspection closure of its St. Petersburg location in April was followed more recently by the announcement of the closure of its Clearwater location at the end of June. Today some good news: The group has announced the name of its soon-to-launch downtown St. Petersburg steakhouse.
Welcome, Rococo Steak. Although the Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant has made a name for itself with classic Spanish small plates and sangria, this new concept at 655 Second Ave. S, in the former home of the YWCA, will feature a steak-centric menu (something downtown doesn't have much of) in a 9,500-square-foot space. The multimillion-dollar build-out by Tampa's Urban Studio Architects will transform the historic 1920s brick building to include 170 seats and another 160 seats of banquet space. Executive chef Richard Potts has relocated from the Sorrel River Ranch Resort in Moab, Utah, to lead the culinary team.
While an opening date has not been announced, an early September debut is anticipated. Expected to launch at the same time, Brass Tap, a craft beer pub with three other Tampa Bay locations, will be opening on the other side of the historic building, with its own entrance and parking lot.