ST. PETERSBURG — The Banyan Cafe on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N has closed, but its sister location on Central Avenue will remain open.
Shop regulars noticed a closed sign go up this week at the 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N shop. But its future will still be in the Banyan family. Banyan Cafe and Catering founder Erica Allums said she is in the process of taking the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street property back over.
“We’re negotiating now,” Allums said, “any day now the papers should be signed.”
Allums found Banyan Cafe and Catering at that location in 2008. She eventually opened the second place on Central Avenue, but decided to sell the cafes to focus on her growing catering business.
The cafes were sold to Tampa Bay Caffeine and new owner Hernan Nova. Nova will continue to operate the Central Avenue location downtown as normal.
Allums said plans for the original Banyan are still in the works. It will likely be another cafe, she said. No matter what, it will be something suited to and special enough for the space.
“My heart will always be at MLK Banyan,” Allums said.