The Pipo's Cafe location at 437 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg closed Friday after a two-year run. Owner Raymond Hernandez says he got an offer on the space but is not able to divulge the details on who will be taking over the revolving-door restaurant space (in recent years it's been Emilio's Bistro, Diner 437, Grillside Central and Tedesco), but he's not done with the Pipo's concept. He owns a second location at Bay Pines and recently purchased a food truck to take the Pipo's concept on the road.
"I'm looking at a lot near Tropicana Field. It will be called Pipo's, but we're looking to do it with a Cuban-Mexican-Southwestern fusion twist," said Hernandez. For now the truck is parked in front of the Bay Pines location awaiting proper permitting.
Hernandez's brother, Danny Hernandez, owns the Pipo's on MacDill in Tampa (along with two Holy Hog barbecue restaurants). But while the Hernandez family started the Cuban cafe chain more than 30 years ago, the Fourth St. N location in St. Petersburg and the Northdale location in Tampa are under different ownership.