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Nitally's set to reopen at a new, more intimate, South Pasadena location

Folks who have missed testing their taste buds with a St. Petersburg eatery's famous inferno soup will get a chance to do so once again.

Nitally's ThaiMex Cuisine, which closed its downtown St. Petersburg location in May, will open soon in a smaller location at the Pasadena Shopping Centre on 6800 Gulfport Blvd. S in South Pasadena, its owners announced Tuesday on Facebook.

The fusion restaurant will be located in the Pasadena Shopping Centre and is much smaller than their original spot. But the owners said they've made changes to adjust to the lack of seating room — and a larger St. Petersburg location in the works.

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Owners Nit Jintaseranee and Ally Valdez say the scaled-down location does not yet have a clear opening date as they are finalizing a few details with the city of South Pasadena, but hope to begin offering their spicy food to Pinellas very soon.

They say this location will contain only 2-3 tables, meaning its business model will appear more "fast casual" than dine in, and takeout and delivery will also be available.

"The beauty of where we landed is that it is a step toward the more casual and quick," Valdez said. "We're trying to marry the idea of simple, more mom and pop style, but with the transit and on-the-go that people are looking for in food today."

He says the quality of the food and the menu options are going to stay the same, but with a few added options.

"I'm hoping to bring a few more traditional Mexican dishes to partner our Thai offerings," Valdez said. "So we want to start offering carnitas, pollo asade and maybe a barbacoa option."

But Valdez said this isn't the end goal. After they are able to open their fast casual establishment, they hope to work out a full service restaurant back in St. Petersburg.

Though he couldn't give a timeline, Valdez said he is working with Blake Investment Partners in searching for a larger location.

"Our current location isn't quite what we wanted, but it fits a lot of our needs and gives us the opportunity to keep up our pace," Valdez said.

For now, the couple is excited to start bringing back its own spicy offerings to beach-goers and their avid followers.


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