Make us your home page
Instagram

Ford's Garage restaurant to replace Rowdies Den in downtown St. Petersburg

Ford's Garage is expanding into downtown St. Petersburg.

The beer and gourmet burgers-focused chain, which styles restaurants like Prohibition-era service stations, will open a new location at the southwest corner of First Avenue S and Second Street, formerly the Rowdies Den, which has closed.

Ford's Garage acquired the space at 200 First Ave. S from St. Petersburg businessman and Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team owner Bill Edwards, said a news release from the Edwards Group and 23 Restaurant Services. The new restaurant is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

The original Ford's Garage opened in Fort Myers in 2012. The chain opened its first Tampa Bay area location in Brandon in 2015, before announcing plans to open outposts in Clearwater, Wesley Chapel and Citrus Park.

The Brandon location features a hand-hammered copper bar and old-style brick walls meant to conjure the 1920s, as well as Ford Model T's and Model A's hanging from the ceiling. The menu features comfort food and gourmet burgers that range from $11.95 to $16.95, specialty cocktails and more than 150 varieties of bottled beer.

Edwards opened the Rowdies Den in mid 2015. That bar and restaurant was themed after the team, which plays its home games at nearby Al Lang Stadium.

"Ford's Garage will be a great addition to downtown," Edwards said in the announcement. "It's a fantastic brand. (Ford's Garage president) Marc (Brown) has assured me that it will still be the official gathering spot for Rowdies fans, so it's a win-win for everyone involved. We wish him great success."

Before being the Rowdies Den, the space had been home to Midtown Sundries for 16 years.

Ford's Garage restaurant to replace Rowdies Den in downtown St. Petersburg 11/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 6:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. What happened when I took my dad to a Pitbull concert

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — "So, you know how you like Pitbull?" I asked my dad. "We can see him."

    Selfie of Divya Kumar and Anand Kumar at Pitbull/Enrique Iglesias concert.
  2. Tampa City Council votes to accept travel invitation from Cuban ambassador

    Blogs

    The invitation came to Tampa City Council chairwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin in a June 9 letter from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.

    The Tampa City Council voted 6-0, with Frank Reddick out of the room, to respond to a travel invitation from Cuban ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 25

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival covers Central Avenue's Grand Central District with more than 350 vendors, multiple stages, live music, art and food. 9 a.m., Grand Central District, 2429 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 342-0084.

    Kristen Whalen poses for a photo before the start of the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg last year. It's that time of year again, so check with us for your planning purposes. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)]
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for June 24

    Events

    St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride's popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 2 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth …

    Thousands line the streets of Central Ave. during the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday, June 25, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  5. Bar review: Les Partners Lounge goes old-school in Clearwater

    Bars & Spirits

    There are some local places that I'm shocked aren't more well known, and I think that's the result of a general aversion to stepping out of one's comfort zone. I make regular concerted efforts to step outside of mine, which often leads me to strange and rewarding drinking establishments.

    Les Partners Lounge is an old-school, smoker-friendly cocktail lounge and live music venue tucked away in a nondescript shopping plaza in Island Estates.