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‘Top Chef’ alum Jeffrey Jew opening Lingr on 6th St. in St. Petersburg

The former Stillwaters Tavern and BellaBrava chef will launch his first solo project in 2020.
Lingr on 6th St., coming to St. Petersburg in spring 2020, marks the first solo culinary project for local chef and 'Top Chef' alum Jeffrey Jew. [Courtesy of Martin Communications]
Lingr on 6th St., coming to St. Petersburg in spring 2020, marks the first solo culinary project for local chef and 'Top Chef' alum Jeffrey Jew. [Courtesy of Martin Communications]
Published Dec. 3, 2019

Top Chef alum Jeffrey Jew is launching his first solo project next year — a Nordic- and Asian-inspired restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Lingr on 6th St., which references the Old Norse word meaning “belonging to” and “coming or descending from,” will open at 400 6th St. S in spring 2020, according to a press release detailing plans for the new restaurant.

Jew, who has helmed the kitchens at Stillwaters Tavern and BellaBrava for the past five years, made the announcement last weekend at the fourth annual Frogman Feast fundraiser, a culinary event held at 3 Daughters Brewing benefiting the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and Navy SEAL Foundation.

Jew, whose mother is Norwegian and father is Chinese, said the new restaurant will be a reflection of his cultural heritage — “my childhood and the journey to where I am today.”

Described as a 150-seat upscale-casual restaurant and bar, Lingr on 6th St. will include both indoor seating and an outdoor garden space in St. Petersburg’s Downtown South University Park area.

Jew, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, has cooked in restaurants across the globe, including stints in London, France, Italy, New York and Washington, D.C. He competed briefly on Bravo’s Top Chef Seattle, after which the chef moved from D.C. to St. Petersburg and joined the 2B Hospitality group as executive chef, overseeing culinary operations at Italian darling BellaBrava and Beach Drive’s Stillwaters Tavern.

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