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St. Petersburg’s Ceviche will move to new Beach Drive NE spot in March

The popular tapas restaurant will close after service on Jan. 9.
St. Petersburg restaurant Ceviche will close its current location at the end of service on Jan. 9. The Spanish tapas restaurant and bar will relocate to the space occupied by The Moon Under Water at 332 Beach Dr. NE in March.
St. Petersburg restaurant Ceviche will close its current location at the end of service on Jan. 9. The Spanish tapas restaurant and bar will relocate to the space occupied by The Moon Under Water at 332 Beach Dr. NE in March. [ SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jan. 5
Updated Jan. 7

Many of us have toasted friends over glasses of sangria and plates of croquetas and patatas bravas. A few of us have danced into the wee hours to live salsa and flamenco acts at the downstairs club. But Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant’s long run at 10 Beach Drive NE will come to an end this weekend.

Fans of the popular Spanish restaurant and bar need not worry too much: In March, the restaurant will reopen just a few blocks away, at 332 Beach Drive NE.

The restaurant takes over the home of long-running British pub the Moon Under Water, which will move to a new — but still undisclosed — location, according to a news release from Caledon Concepts, the restaurant group that owns both restaurants, as well St. Petersburg’s Rococo Steak.

Both Ceviche and the Moon Under Water have been in business since 1997, and at one point, the Caledon Concepts group operated several Ceviche restaurants throughout the state. The St. Petersburg spot is the only remaining Ceviche restaurant open. (The owners shuttered the Orlando location in June, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.)

The Moon Under Water, which Caledon Concepts purchased from the original owners in 2019, will stay open for the remainder of the month and close once construction begins on Ceviche’s new home in February. The space will undergo a full remodel and reopen with a new wine room and a “refreshed” menu.

Ceviche’s last day of service at the original location is Jan. 9.

No word yet on whether the restaurant’s popular downstairs bar and live music venue, Che Lounge (and those lively flamenco nights), will find a new home once the restaurant reopens.

“Music has always been a part of Ceviche,” said Caledon Concepts president Lee Karlins. “We will continue that tradition at the new location (and) are currently working on the details.”