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St. Petersburg coffee shop Brew D Licious has closed

The artsy Central Avenue cafe has closed amid the COVID-19 restaurant shutdowns.

A pioneer in the downtown St. Petersburg coffee scene has closed.

Brigitte Whitaker ran Brew D Licious, the artsy, laidback coffee shop on the 600 block of Central Avenue, a petite, dog-friendly space boasting a funky, bohemian vibe and walls plastered with colorful artwork.

In a statement penned to her social media followers, Whitaker called the last decade “one hell of a ride.”

“(Nine) years of a journey filled with every emotion that a person can feel,” the statement read. “It was never easy, but there were easy days. It was never hard, but there were hard days. But no matter what, we got through them stronger than before. Because our little shop had always did. I hope that you will hold a special place in your heart for us. You will always live in ours.”

How do you say goodbye to the people you love, the business you created with people you love.. It's been one hell of a...

Posted by Brew D Licious (Purveyors of No Name Java Coffee) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The cafe’s closing is part of a trickle of other small businesses that have been forced to call it quits amid a state-mandated restaurant and bar shutdown, part of wider efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

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Though the Central Avenue location is closed, Whitaker hinted that the business might reopen in a different location at some point.

“We’ve recreated ourselves a couple times since we bought the business in 2012,” Whitaker wrote. “If the journey dictates, we may just do it again. So never count us out! And if the opportunity presents itself, we will do everything in our power to bring that magic to the next location.”