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The Mill to close downtown St. Petersburg location, citing construction damage

The owners are looking for a new location.
The Mill's downtown St. Petersburg location opened in 2015.
The Mill's downtown St. Petersburg location opened in 2015.
Published Jan. 3|Updated Jan. 4

After years of serving vibrant New American fare, the downtown St. Petersburg location of The Mill is closing.

According to a Facebook update posted Tuesday morning, nearby construction is to blame.

“As many of you know there has been construction behind our facility for the last several months. What you may not know is the damage caused by this construction has been massive,” reads the post on the Mill’s Facebook page. “It has become so invasive to our space that we feel we can no longer ensure the safety of our staff and patrons alike.”

However, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, tax liens may have also played a factor.

“State records show that the restaurant, which leases a storefront in office tower 200 Central, faces three liens totaling $154,250 due to unresolved tax liabilities as of Dec. 29,” read a story published Tuesday. “The restaurant has also been behind on its rent for years, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.”

Chef Ted Dorsey and his business partner, Jason Griffin, opened The Mill at 200 Central Ave. Unit 200 in 2015. Dorsey did not respond to requests for comment. The restaurant quickly wowed diners with both its ambitious plates and funky, industrial decor. A second location opened in South Tampa in 2019.

Related: Review: St. Petersburg's the Mill wows with decor, thoughtfully prepared food and drinks

Hungry patrons can still visit the South Tampa location. Another Pinellas spot may be in the cards as well.

“We are sincerely sorry for this, but know we will be back as this is not the end,” the post reads. “Please check back for updates as we search for a new location.”

The post does not indicate what day the restaurant will close or if it has already done so.