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Little less nostalgia on Central: Kings Street Food set to close, remodel for new concept

MONICA HERNDON | Times The exterior of Kings Street Food photographed on Thursday November 12, 2015 at in Downtown St. Petersburg.
Published Jul. 25, 2018

It looks like hot dogs, milkshakes and 1950s nostalgia couldn't keep Kings Street Food open on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

The restaurant/food counter announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing its location at 937 Central Ave. indefinitely on Aug. 5 while remodeling for a new concept.

When it opened in August 2015, Kings touted its 1950s-style diner aesthetic. Outside, it featured a well-lit, pet-friendly bier garden with ping-pong tables and an open bar.

The restaurant offered a variety of poutine, hot dogs and milkshakes when it started, but over the course of three years changed its menu to include burgers, sandwiches and salads.

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Now, Hunger + Thirst, the parent company that owns Kings, hopes to remodel the space and open a new concept that includes a full liquor bar. They have not yet released many details on the transformation.

Hunger + Thirst Restaurant Group also own The Avenue, Proper, and Parks & Rec in Downtown St. Petersburg. None of the other locations have announced closures or remodelings.

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For those still pining for Kings-style street food, Tropicana Field's Ballparks & Rec offers a limited selection of the restaurant's menu when it's open for Tampa Bay Rays home games.

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